Welcome to Stellenbosch


An elegant, historical town with stately Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture along its oak-lined streets, Stellenbosch is full of interesting museums, quality hotels and a selection of bars, clubs and restaurants. A university town, it is constantly abuzz with locals, students, Capetonians and tourists.

Established by the governor of the Cape (Simon van der Stel) in 1679 on the banks of the Eerste River, Stellenbosch was – and still is – famed for its rich soil, just what was needed to produce vegetables and wine for ships stopping off at the Cape.


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$105.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Point Sightseeing Tour plus Stellenbosch Wine Tasting

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Chapman's Peak Drive, Western CapeThe most spectacular marine drive in the world. Stop At: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town Central, Western Capetravel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, Reebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Neethlingshof Estate, Stellenbosch, Western CapeEnjoy a Wine Tasting at a Stellenbosch Wine Estate.Wine Estate is subject to change.Duration: 30 minutes

$79.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Neethlingshof Estate, Stellenbosch, Western CapeEnjoy a Wine Tasting Stellenbosch. Wine Estate is subject to change.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suider Paarl, Paarl, Western CapeEnjoy a Wine tasting in paarl. Wine estate is subject to change.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Dieu Donne Vineyards & Views, Franschhoek, Western CapeEnjoy wine tasting in Franschoek.Wine estate is subject to change.Duration: 45 minutes

$90.01 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl Wine from Cape Town

Leave Cape Town behind and head off by luxury minivan to the Stellenbosch wine region – famous for its Mediterranean climate and fertile soils that help to produce millions of liters of wine each year. Your first stop of the day is a small Stellenbosch wine estate called Muratie, much loved by locals, with bags of charm. Its traditional cellars are typified by ramshackle walls and worn paintings -- adding to its rustic charm. Sample the estate’s fortified wine and locally produced chocolate – a winning combination!With your expert guide, hop back in your minivan and continue your journey northwest to the Paarl wine region, home to leading wine producers like Fairview and Nederburg. Stop at the Fairview Wine Estate and tour its large cellars, trying out several of their famed white wines and cheeses.Lunch takes place in the gourmet capital of South Africa – Franschhoek – roughly 5 miles (8 km) away. Your private guide will point out the best sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and then leave you to enjoy lunch at your own expense. In the early afternoon your tour continues to the La Motte or Haute Cabriere wine estate , another notable Franschhoek vineyard set high up in the Helderberg mountain range. The views from here are simply incredible, with surrounding vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Soak up the views and sample the estate’s fine wines, leaning about the slow ripening of grapes in mountain viticulture.Your last wine estate visit is Boschendal, one of South Africa’s oldest wine producers, with a wine-making heritage that dates back to the 17th century. The gorgeous farm estate houses state-of-the-art cellars, and it’s here that you’ll enjoy the day’s final wine-tasting session alongside rows of beautiful oak barrels. Relax on the journey back to Cape Town, where you’ll arrive in the early evening.

$130.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Winelands Private Tour and Tastings from Cape Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cape Town Wine Tours, Cape Town Central, Western CapeThe wine regions- Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl will be visited with a tasting of 5 wines in every region together with city tours and scenic drives.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Franschhoek Cellar, Franschhoek, Western CapeAward-winning vineyard in Franschhoek will be visited.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western CapeCampus-drive will be conducted en route to FranschhoekPass By: Taalmonument op Paarlberg, Paarl, Western CapeAfrikaans Language Monument will be seen after architectural Main Steet Drive in Paarl

$59.76 Day Trips & Excursions

Stellenbosch Wine Tour from Cape Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Neethlingshof Estate, Stellenbosch, Western CapeEnjoy a Wine tasting at a Stellenbosch Wine Estate.Wine Estate is subject to change. Duration: 45 minutes

$121.35 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cape Winelands with Stellenbosch: Private Tour from Cape Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western CapeA campus drive will be conducted after a city tour -5 wines will be sampled at a beautiful wine estate in the Stellenbosch region.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western CapeAfter a Main Street drive along interesting galleries the tour will take you to a viewpoint in the pass to capture the scenic beauty of the town on camera. 5 excellent wines will be tasted.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western CapeStellenbosch City tour as well as Campus and Mountain-drives included.