Plan your Visit

Plan your visit

Plan your visit to
Stellenbosch

We’ll help you plan an unforgettable visit to Stellenbosch. Whether you’re flying down for one of our popular events, visiting with the family in tow or simply looking for the best outdoors, wining and dining or business destination, we’re here to help.

Itinerary Inspiration

Historic

History

Visit the Stellenbosch Village Museum, comprising of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time.

Art

Art

Browse the many galleries around Stellenbosch situated in short walking distances. Favourite galleries include: Die DorpStraat Gallery, Church Street, GUS (Gallery University Stellenbosch), Dorp Street, The Red Teapot Gallery, cnr Church & Andringa Streets, Vincent da Silva, Church Street, SMAC Art Gallery, Church Street, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Andringa Street, Absolut Art Gallery, cnr Plein & Ryneveld Streets.

Outdoots

Outdoors

The Botanical Garden is located in the historical centre of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. Drink in beauty and creative expression, whether it is a garden dedicated to sculpture or one of the many galleries exhibiting classic or work from emerging artists, you will find your fix.

On Foot

On Foot

The best way to discover historic Stellenbosch is on foot. Take a stroll along the oak-lined streets, where you will find a maze of boutiques and curio and gift shops, interlinking with sidewalk cafés, bistros and restaurants. While walking, grab a coffee for the road from anyone of the many coffee bars in town. Explore Kayamandi through our tourism initiative that welcomes visitors into the hearts and homes of the culture-rich township.

Taste

Taste

After a morning of walking, take a break for lunch at one of the many eateries around town (Easy: De Warenmark, Genki or The Green Goose; Steak & Burgers: de Vrije Burger, Hussar Grill or The Fat Butcher; Healthy: Mill House Coffee Shop and The Birdcage). Spoil yourself with an artful lunch at one of the fine daytime restaurants: Jardine Restaurant, The Green Goose Eatery, all plates and sharing dishes.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Dining, theatre, special tours to crazy student nights out, Stellenbosch has a plethora of night-time activities on offer. Visit the legendary De Akker, the oldest licensed pub in town, or enjoy early evening drinks at the buzzing Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar. Get into the late-night swing of things at Balboa Balcony Bar (23y and older only) or tempt yourself with an array of exotic cocktails at the glitzy Bar Barric.

Sundays in Stellenbosch

Have a Sunday to spend in Stellenbosch? Pick from the innumerable array of attractions and experiences, from brunches and wine pairings to family friendly markets, sightseeing, golf or outdoor activities.

Stellenbosch Town

Attend a church service (morning/evening) at the historic Christian “Moederkerk” • Go curio shopping or enjoy a coffee at any of the street-side coffee shops • Visit Stellenbosch Village Museum
to see what life was like in the early days • Connect to nature. Enjoy a walk through the US Botanical Garden or the Jan Marais Nature Reserve • Explore Stellenbosch on Foot to find beautiful historic Cape Dutch architecture or modern outdoor sculptures • Rent a bike at The Stellenbosch Wine
Routes Visitor Centre and cycle through the town centre.

Bottelary Hills

Discover the world of Pinotage at Beyers Truter’s Beyerskloof • Take the family for pizza and wine tasting at Bellevue or Kunjani’s restaurants • Play a round of golf, followed by a relaxed picnic at Hartenberg, Hazendal or Mooiplaas.

Greater Simonsberg

Take a drive up Helshoogte pass for breathtaking views and discover pure luxury at Delaire Graff Estate, Glenelly or Quoin Rock • Taste and buy South Africa’s first made Méthode Cap Classique, Kaapse Vonkel, at Simonsig, stay for lunch at their top restaurant, Cuvée • Picnic in style, taste
and purchase top wines at the tranquil Warwick Estate or L’Avenir • Do a MTB trail at Muratie, then stay for tasting and lunch at their farm kitchen or drive further on to Delheim for a wine and
cupcake pairing or lunch.

Stellenbosch Valley

Take the kids to enjoy the play den at Skilpadvlei while you breakfast or lunch • Picnic on the lawns, shop for crafts and curios and explore the bamboo forest at Spier • Discover the luxury taste of award winning brandies at Van Ryn Distillery • Enjoy a “Boerebraai” (BBQ) at family-owned Middelvlei • Treat yourself to a vineyard safari or enjoy a relaxed brunch at Jordan.

Stellenbosch Mountain

Eat, drink and shop at the popular Blaauwklippen Family Market • Indulge in delicious local faire at Lanzerac Deli or Dornier’s Bodega Restaurant • Taste the wide range of wines at Kleine Zalze
and stay for lunch at acclaimed Terroir Restaurant.

Helderberg

Lunch at award winning restaurants: The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Overture at Hidden Valley, Idiom, or Longridge • Discover a taste feast and local products at the Root44 farm style market at
Audacia • Enjoy a sun-downer tasting at Peter Falke Wines or Pink Valley Wines until 19h00 • Discover fine art at Cavalli’s Art Gallery and definitely stay for lunch on the water’s edge •
Taste Ken Forrester wines with lunch at long running local favourite 96 Winery Road
Restaurant • discover the beautiful grounds and historic buildings at Morgenster and Lourensford
farms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers
021 Emergency

Emergency Numbers

Tourism Info: 021 886 4310
Ambulance: 082 124
Police: 021 809 5015
Hospital (Medi Clinic): 021 861 2000
Medical Centre (Provincial): 021 887 0310
Pharmacy (8am-8pm): 021 887 9400

Safety

Safety

Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance. As in other countries, there a few universal safety precautions you should keep in mind.
At your accommodation: Report any suspicious, unattended luggage to reception. Never leave your luggage unattended. Store valuables in a safety deposit box. Keep your room locked. If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door.
On the street: Avoid wearing expensive jewellery and don’t carry cameras and mobile phones in plain sight. Do not leave your valuables unattended or carry large sums of cash with you. Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs. Avoid deserted and dark places at night and travel in groups wherever possible. Ask the locals where it’s safe to go after dusk.
In the car: Park in a secure, well-lit area with street guards. Make use of a taxi or Uber. Keep the doors locked and windows closed. Do not leave items visible in the car. Do not hitchhike or pick up strangers.
Please note: If a stranger approaches you while you’re parking your car, they may be an informal car guard. These guards earn tips by keeping an eye on your parked car. They operate an unofficial and unrecognised business, so tipping is at your discretion.

Electricity

Electricity

South Africa uses a 3-prong system and the power grid supplies 220/230 volts 50Hz - its advisable to buy or bring an adaptor to charge / use electronics.

Fuel & Gas

Fuel & Gas

Petrol stations only accept cash and/or credit cards and South African petrol cards. Petrol attendants will fill up your tank. It is customary to give a small tip. Major petrol stations offer a 24-hour service.

Giving Responsibly

Giving Responsibly

There are many people in Stellenbosch and surrounds living below the breadline. Consider contributing to a local charity or organization to ensure you’re giving and travelling responsibly.
Hospice T: 021 886 5994
Rotary Club T: 082 857 7044
Salvation Army T: 021 884 4600
Night Shelter T: 021 886 6173

Population

Population

Stellenbosch is considered a large town in the Western Cape. The current population in Stellenbosch is approximately 173,190 of which 31,000 are students. (according to 2016 Census / 2018 SU Stats)

Parking

Parking

8am-5pm: Parking is regulated by parking marshals. You'll find them on duty in their signature orange and blue uniforms. Rates are charged based on the length of stay in designated parking bays. Payment by card and Snapscan only. 5pm-11pm: SSI car guards, endorsed by the municipality, will keep an eye on your parked car in exchange for a tip. Look out for the SSI/Municipality identification.

Communication

Communication & Internet

South Africa offers first class communication systems with direct dialling world wide. The inter-national dialling code for South Africa is +27 and the area code for the Western Cape is 021. Contact Telkom Enquiries on 1023.
Internet Services
FREE WiFi available at Stellenbosch Visitor Information Centre, 47 Church Street

Climate

Climate

Stellenbosch has a balmy Mediterranean climate. Think dry, sunny summers and cooler, wet winters interspersed with a good proportion of beautiful sunny days.
Visit www.weathersa.co.za for weather forecasts.

Distances

Distances

Cape Town: 51km
Cape Town Int Airport: 30km
Granschhoek: 33km
George: 406km
Hermanus: 96km
Paarl: 32km
Somerset West: 20km
Worcester: 81km

Getting around

Getting Around

Airports & Airlines
Cape Town International and OR Tambo International
T: 086 727 7888
Airport Shuttle Services
Book your shuttle at Stellenbosch Visitor Information Centre T: 021 886 4310
Bus Services
Greyhound T: 083 915 9000
Intercape Mainliner T: 021 380 4400
Translux T: 0861 589 282
Car Rental
4 Seasons Car Rental T: 021 855 5691
Avis Rent A Car T: 021 887 0492
Europe Car Hire T: 021 883 8140
Hertz Firefly Rentals T: 021 887 3145

Money Matters

Money Matters

The monetary unit is the South African Rand. R1 = 100 cents. Banknotes are available in R200, R100, R50, R20 & R10 notes. Coins are available in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. Accepted credit cards include American Express, VISA, Master and Diners Club‑cards.

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