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How to have an epic 2 day ‘outdoor adventure’ getaway in Stellenbosch

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Welcome to Stellenbosch – South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination.

Hop on a Segway, explore the serene beauty of Stellenbosch on a scooter, buzz around a wine farm on an e-bike, enjoy a picnic on the lush lawns, or see what’s on the menu at a charming café with outdoor seating downtown.

Whatever nature-packed Stellenbosch outdoor activities you choose, you are always guaranteed a memorable time!
Here’s an epic two day ‘outdoor adventure’ inspired itinerary to get you started.

Exploring the great outdoors in the Cape Winelands

Day 1

Sip premium coffee at Bootleggers

Who could imagine starting off a day of thrills and energetic adventure without a cup of coffee first? When it comes to the perfect brew, you can’t go wrong with Bootlegger Coffee Company, a popular cyclist hangout found on Ryneveld Street.

From a sweet and creamy honey nut latte to a buzz-inducing Americano, there are plenty of coffee creations to choose from. Enjoy your cuppa with a generous slice of freshly baked banana bread (their speciality!) or fill up with a balanced breakfast, such as steel-cut oats or the all-new BootBun.

Visit https www.bootlegger.co.za
Or contact +27 (0)21 201 7448 or stellenbosch@bootlegger.co.za

Next up: decide between Segways or scooters! If you’d prefer the former, then make your way to Spier Wine Farm.

Hop on a Segway tour at Spier

Stellenbosch outdoors spier

A Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing device that is rather easy to get the hang of. No worries if you’ve never ridden one before as each tour starts with a simple training session. You will quickly agree that a Segway is the perfect way to explore the expansive Spier Wine Farm!

Currently, there are three different tours to consider:

  • Spier Farm Tour @ R375. Duration 1 hour (no children under 10)
    • Vineyard Tour @ R575. Duration 2 hours (no children under 12)
    • Sunset Tour @ R700. Duration 2 hours (no children under 12)

LUNCH

Following your Segway exploit, be sure to pop into the Spier Farm Café for a light lunch, the VadasSmokehouse and Bakery for something a little more substantial or relax in the sunshine with a seasonal picnic next to the dam. If you are keen on a laid-back picnic, remember to bring your own chairs, cushions, and blankets along (there are also some available for hire) and book your basket in advance. Alternatively, select your preferred picnic nibbles on arrival and grab yourself some Spier wine as the finishing touch – now available in a can!

Finally, top off the blissful experience with a wine tasting while the kids explore the Elemental garden.
Visit https www.spier.co.za
Or contact +27 (0)21 809 1100 or info@spier.co.za

Another fantastic lunch option is Middelvlei.

Middelvlei Estate, known for its hospitality and special farm atmosphere, offers a personal, unforgettable and authentic Stellenbosch Winelands experience for the whole family. By producing superb quality wines, brothers Tinnie and Ben Momberg are continuing the family’s legacy of winemaking that has lasted for over 100 years.

Boerebraai Restaurant: The Momberg family of Middelvlei Wine Estate invites you to join them from Monday to Sunday for lunch – a very special, authentic South African outdoor barbecue experience.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – Reservation information: +27.21 883 2565 or email info@middelvlei.co.za

Or opt for a Middelvlei Tapas and Wine Pairing!

Middelvlei is family friendly. While mom and dad relax with a bottle of Middelvlei wine, the kids can have a good time too. The little ones can play in the sandpit, feed the farm animals, enjoy the open space with our lawn games, braai their own marshmallows or even do their own juice tasting!

We also offer lunch options for the kids.

Website: www.middelvlei.co.za

 

Scootours and lunch at Postcard Café

Scootours allows you to buzz through the picturesque Jonkershoek Reserve – a hidden gem in Stellenbosch – on the back of a Monster Mountain® Scooter. The tour is guided and is suitable for the entire family. Younger kids between the ages of 4 – 9 years simply ride with their parents. Breathe in the mountain-fresh air, savour the surrounding natural beauty, and just enjoy time spent with loved ones.
Visit www.scootours.co.za/stellenbosch-jonkershoek/
Or contact +27 (0) 82 776 0557 or bookings@scootours.co.za

You will have definitely worked up a sizeable appetite following your Scootour, so your next stop should be the Postcard Café at Stark-Conde Wines for a mouth-watering meal with a view. The café is so-named because it is as “pretty as a postcard.” It is best-known for its breakfasts, afternoon tea, and quintessentially South African dishes, including butter chicken curry and pork mince bobotie.

Once you have put an end to that grumbling stomach, why not take a carefree stroll along the beautiful walkway towards the tasting room in the middle of the dam, and treat yourself to a wine tasting?
Visit www.stark-conde.co.za/pages/postcardcafe
Or contact +27 (0) 21 861 7703 or postcardcafe@stark-conde.co.za

 

Day 2

Breakfast

Grab breakfast at Cucina an Italian Eatery that prides itself on its fresh twist on traditional Italian cuisine, using ethically produced ingredients and done in a lighter and healthier way. Enjoy the farm wines on the menu and the unique versions of traditional Italian fare.

Visit www.cucina.co.za

Or contact: +27 (0)21 203 6253 or email cucina@thefarmerscollection.co.za

Explore wine farms on an e-bike

Stellenbosch e-bike

Make the most of the remaining morning hours with a 3.5-hour e-bike tour through some of the region’s best-loved wine farms. Vinebikes Stellenbosch offers two route options.

  1. The first departs from Banhoek Lodge and takes you to Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Zorgvliet Wine Estate, and Oldenburg
    The second departs from the Lanzerac E-Bike Trail Centre and takes you to Lanzerac Wine Estate, Rustenburg Wines, and Stark-Conde Wines.
  2. The best news? All of the e-bikes come equipped with wine saddle bags for secure and easy transport should you decide to purchase a bottle or two!

The guided e-bike tours are great for solo travellers, couples, and families alike. There are kids bike seats available for kids between the ages of 3 – 5, as well as half bikes for kids between the ages of 6 – 10.
Visit www.vinebikes.co.za
Or contact +27 (0) 79 490 2389 or bookings@vinebikes.co.za

Another fantastic outdoors activity for a greater rush of adrenalin is:

Casa Cerveza Mountain Bike Tours

Stellenbosch outdoors activities

With so many places to see in and around Stellenbosch, why not enjoy them while taking a guided tour on your mountain bike with guides from the local community in Kayamandi. Experience something unique on all of our tours and see the beauty that is Stellenbosch, whether you want to see the town, or take a trip through the surrounding mountains.

More info http://www.casacerveza.co.za/pages/mountain-bike-tours

Contact details: +27 (0)21 023 0346 or email:  info@casacerveza.co.za

 

Where to stay

Jordan Suites

After a busy day of Stellenbosch outdoor activities, you will need a warm, welcoming place to put your feet up and relax. Jordan Suites at Jordan Wine Estate is a great choice for many reasons. Firstly, guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and a wine tasting when they arrive. Secondly, the estate is home to a popular breakfast spot called the Jordan Bakery. It is a wonderful little café-style restaurant where you can grab a morning meal and really appreciate the peaceful surroundings and incredible views of the Stellenboschkloof Valley.
Visit www.jordanwines.com/stay-with-us/
Or contact +27 (0) 21 881 3048 or accommodation@jordanwines.com

Stellenbosch Manor

Stellenbosch Manor is the second oldest Victorian home in Mostertsdrift, Stellenbosch, dating back to 1904. It is situated within walking distance to the city centre and boasts a total of 9 stylish en-suite rooms. Guests are welcome to explore the blooming gardens, take a dip in the swimming pool, and listen to the tranquil, trickling noises of the millstream while lazing around on the lawns.
Visit www.stellenboschmanor.com
Or contact +27 (0)87 057 5341 or info@stellenboschmanor.com

Bonne Esperance

This boutique guesthouse offers 17 ultra-luxe rooms featuring décor and comforts inspired by the Victorian era. Bonne Esperance is also currently offering a host of exciting package deals for outdoor adventure seekers.

At just R2595 per person sharing, guests will enjoy two nights in a luxurious deluxe room with a balcony, a decadent evening sundowner platter with wine, a full breakfast every morning, an Adventure Shop guided e-bike ride from Stellenbosch to Boschendal, a complimentary wine tasting at Blaauwklippen wine farm, late check out until 12:00 on Sunday, as well as a two course lunch at Post Card Café on Stark-Conde Wine Farm.
Visit www.bonneesperance.com
Or contact +27 (0) 21 887 0225 or stay@bonneesperance.com

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