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Stellenbosch enjoys some of the best weather found around South Africa. Its Mediterranean climate means that summer is usually hot while winter is rainy and can get fairly cold, perfect for nights around the fire. The weather plays an important role in deciding the type of activities to partake in when visiting the lively town of Stellenbosch. Its climate is perfect for growing grapes and the area is worldwide known for its outstanding wines. The sunny season offers some outstanding weather for exploring the little town and it is generally cooler as other Cape Wineland areas.

Summer in Stellenbosch is pleasant and the days are filled with glorious sunshine. A cool south- easterly wind known as the “Cape Doctor” brings some relief to the valley on hot days. This wind is generally replaced by a gentler north- westernly wind. There is very little wet weather in Stellenbosch during the summer, especially during the late summer months.

Winter in Stellenbosch is characterized by a number of cold fronts which hit the Western Cape. We often find snowfall on the mountains surrounding the Stellenbosch Valley which makes for some incredible scenic views. Heavy winds from the North West sweep across the valley and cool rains create perfect weather for indoor fires and hot drinks. Rainy days, statistically one out of three days, are often interrupted by days of warm sunshine and clear blue skies.

In the most beautiful season of the year, we enjoy the most pleasant weather in Stellenbosch. Autumn is alive with new beginnings as the town becomes an oasis of striking rich colours. The south- easterly wind fades away and we enjoy a pleasant calm wind from the south west and the north. The temperature during autumn is neither too hot nor too cold. Beautiful sultry evenings are to be enjoyed during this time. Spring is always a rejuvenation season with new beginnings and Stellenbosch is no different. New greens emerge on trees and vines as the valley comes alive with flowering vegetation. Cold fronts continue during the start of the season with the cold South Easter but this gradually weakens as the sun moves into the southern hemisphere once more. Days become longer and we enjoy more and more sunshine in Stellenbosch as days become warmer.

There is something to do at any time of year in the town of Stellenbosch. Come rain or shine, the small quaint town has something to offer everyone:

Stellenbosch in the Sun

  • 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 2013
  • Spend the day in beautiful surroundings with a gourmet picnic at Warwick, Delheim, Hazendal or Spier
  • Visit Butterfly World  at Klapmuts
  • Enjoy an ice-cream at the Cold Gold Ice Cream store
  • Go Horse Riding through Spier Vineyards
  • Go wine tasting on a bicycle
  • 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
  • Walk the 17km Panorama Trail in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
  • 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
  • Surround yourself with serenity at the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Visit the Outdoor Village at DelVera and sign up for their Full Moon hike
  • Walk around South Africa’s oldest University and its campus
  • Experience African Dining at Moyo Restaurant
  • Enjoy bubbly and sweet delights tasting at JC Le Roux, South Africa’s first cellar solely dedicated to making sparkling wine
  • 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
  • Enjoy a cup of tea at the Hillcrest Berry Orchards and enjoy the scenery of the Groot Drakenstein and Jonkershoek Mountains
  • Visit the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre for an educational tour
  • Jump on the Stellenbosch Wine Bus for a half day wine tour
  • Drive along the Helshoogte Pass and visit Delaire Graff Estate with its impressive architecture and extensive art collection on display
  • 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
  • Go angling at the Jonkershoek Fly Fishing Club

Stellenbosch on Rainy Days

  • 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
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many coffee bars in Stellenbosch; we recommend Mill Coffee House and Cinnamon & Silk
  • Treat yourself to a spa treatment at The Hydro
  • Drive to the nearby towns Franschhoek and/or Paarl for lunch
  • Go see a movie or do some shopping at Eikestad Mall
  • Experience a Township Musical and African cuisine at AmaZink Live
  • 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
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