Fynbos Villa Guest House – Cape Winelands – South Africa

Things to do/ activities in Stellenbosch


Fynbos Villa Guest House offers the ideal central location from which to explore the Winelands and Cape Peninsula. Use Stellenbosch as base to explore Cape Town, Paarl, Franschoek & Wellington – all less than one hour’s drive, or even Worcester, Tulbach and Hermanus. Then return in the evening to walk around and enjoy a safe and peaceful environment.

Visitors to Stellenbosch are never short of things to do when visiting this wondrous oak town. It is one of those small towns which seem to have it all. Go wine tasting, cheese tasting, take a hike, explore a museum or go shopping… there is something for everyone here. Stellenbosch is a fantastic town to explore at any time of the year. We have a great list of activities and things to do depending on the season. Whether you are a businessman, academic, student, sports- fan, family or history buff, there will be something to enjoy in this diverse and historically significant town.

Our reception will assist you in planning activities, such as:

  • visits to wine estates and cellars
  • walks into town
  • regional tours and shuttke services
  • recommendations and bookings at restaurants
  • … and much more

Or simply enjoy our lush garden and pool/ braai area.

In a nutshell, here are some of them main ideas of things to do and and activities to try in Stellenbosch:

Wine routes/tasting

The beauty of the Stellenbosch mountains, makes a drive through the wine route an unforgetable experience. Stellenbosch is well-known for its world class wines. There are more than 135 wineries to choose from, any wine lover’s dream come true.


Stellenbosch offers a variety of charming shops and restaurants which include boutiques, curio shops, shopping centers, side-walk cafe’s, jeweler shops and antique shops. The best way to explore these is to do so on foot… which is also walking distance from the guest house.

Outdoor activities

The sports enthusiast will feel at home with exceptional golf courses in close proximity of Stellenbosch. Fynbos even offers complimentary golf sets to guests. Horse riding or visits to one of the close-by beaches is also an exciting option. The glorious mountains surrounding the town set the scene for spectacular hiking trails.

Arts and culture

Stellenbosch has a number of art galleries where local and international artists are able to display their talents. The town and surrounding environment has a vibrant arts and culture scene. The Stellenbosch University’s music department with its acoustically brilliant Endler Hall is walking distance from Fynbos Villa Guest House where music concerts of high quality are held regularly.

Here is a comprehensive list on what to do in Stellenbosch per season:

Stellenbosch in Summer

  • Take a guided walk through the historic town of Stellenbosch
  • Play a round of golf at Stellenbosch, De Zalze or Devonvale Golf Club. Check out our golf page for more ideas about where to play
  • Experience a wildlife encounter at Spier or visit the Cheetah outreach near Somerset West
  • Visit one of the many markets held on weekends; the slow food market on Saturdays at the Oude Libertas Centre or the Family Market at Blaauwklippen
  • Go strawberry picking at the Mooiberg Farm Stall or Polkadraai Farm Stall just outside of Stellenbosch
  • Join a food tour or check out our list of events happening in 2014
  • Spend the day in beautiful surroundings with a gourmet picnic at Warwick, Delheim, Hazendal or Spier
  • Enjoy an ice-cream at the Cold Gold Ice Cream store
  • See an open-air event at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre
  • Visit the Drakenstein Lion Park on the old Paarl Road
  • See a foreign film at Cinemuse Drive-In next to the Bosman’s Crossing flats
  • Visit the Adventure Shop in Stellenbosch and choose one of their variety of outdoor activities; mountain bike tours, 4×4 wine tours, guided hikes, shark cage diving and quad biking
  • Visit the Outdoor Village at DelVera and sign up for their Full Moon hike
  • Enjoy bubbly and sweet delights tasting at JC Le Roux, South Africa’s first cellar solely dedicated to making sparkling wine
  • Enjoy a cup of tea at the Hillcrest Berry Orchards and enjoy the scenery of the Groot Drakenstein and Jonkershoek Mountains
  • Spend the day at the beach, nearby beaches are Strand and/or Gordon’s Bay
  • Wine enthusiasts can make their own wine at Stellenrust Wine Estate – you will pick your own grapes, stomp them and brew your own wine
  • Take a trip to Le Bonheur crocodile farm where feeding takes place during the summer months

Stellenbosch in Autumn

  • Experience African Dining at Moyo Restaurant
  • Walk the 17km Panorama Trail in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
  • Visit the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre for an educational tour
  • Take a scenic flight from Stellenbosch over the Bainskloof Pass and Karoo plains to Prince Albert and spend the day in this town before flying back
  • Jump on the Stellenbosch Wine Bus for a half day wine tour
  • Drive to the nearby towns Franschhoek and/or Paarl for lunch
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many coffee bars in Stellenbosch; we recommend Mill Coffee House and Cinnamon & Silk
  • Drive along the Helshoogte Pass and visit Delaire Graff Estate with its impressive architecture and extensive art collection on display
  • Go angling at the Jonkershoek Fly Fishing Club

Stellenbosch in Winter

  • Visit one of the many wine farms for a tasting or cellar tour, we recommend – among others Muratie,  Die Bergkelder, Tokara and Simonsig Wine Farms
  • Go for a brandy tasting at Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery and add some chocolate or coffee to pair it with
  • Visit one of the galleries or museums in town; Ruperts Museum, The Toy & Miniature Museum house, Stellenryck Wine Museum, Stellenbosch Art Gallery and the Stellenbosch Museum
  • Wander through South Africa’s largest collection of classic and vintage automobiles at the Wijnland Auto Museum
  • Browse through Oom Samie se Winkel in Dorp Street
  • Treat yourself to a spa treatment at The Hydro
  • Go see a movie or do some shopping at Eikestad Mall
  • Relax next to a cozy fireplace whilst enjoying culinary bliss at Knorhoek Wine Estate or De Kaggel in Town Centre
  •  Visit the four restored and furnished buildings that makes the Village Museum (Schreuderhuis, Blettermanhuis, Governor’s House, O.M Berghhuis)
  • Chocolate and wine pairing at Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch and/or cheese and wine pairing at Fairview Winery
  • Visit the Moederkerk; the Dutch reformed church with its Neo-Gothic architecture built in 1863
  • Eat at one of the top restaurants in Stellenbosch, we recommend Terroir, Overture and Jordan
  • Try South African ‘boerekos’ at the Volkskombuis Restaurant
  • Visit the Simonsig Cheese Shop and get an insight into the cheese making process
  • Spend a relaxed day listening to wonderful music by local students at the Stellenbosch Conservatoire
  • Visit the Johan Coetzee Gallery in the heart of Stellenbosch
  • Spend the day at the Equine Sports Centre situated on the R44 just outside Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch in Spring

  • Walk around South Africa’s oldest University and its campus
  • Go Horse Riding through Spier Vineyards
  • Experience a Township Musical and African cuisine at AmaZink Live
  • Visit Butterfly World  at Klapmuts
  • Surround yourself with serenity at the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Go wine tasting on a bicycle
  • Stellenbosch is largely a student town, which also means it is a fantastic party venue. Wednesday and Friday nights are popular as drinks are cheap
  • Visit Eagle Encounters at Spier and enjoy a unique show, personal encounter or a private viewing of one of these amazing animals
  • Try your hand hitting the bulls- eye at Shootopia Shooting Adventures. They have moved just outside Stellenbosch to nearby Grabouw with upgraded facilities, a licensed bar and a restaurant.