Founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is not only renowned for its good wine, delicious food and academic brillianc but also played a major part in the history of South Africa. Dorp Street is lined with old buildings dating back to the 19th century, each holding its own interesting fact about Stellenbosch. Parking might be problem in Stellenbosch so it’s recommended to rather leave your car at the Guesthouse and walk into town. The Stellenbosch Botanical Garden on the corner of Van Riebeeck and Neethling Street is a hidden gem in the middle of this busy town. See glass houses filled with Tropical– Succulent- and Karoo flowers as well as a herb garden and koi fish pond. A light mid day snack can be enjoyed at the katjiepiering Restaurant.
14th December 2012, Posted in Things to do
We often forget how beautiful the world is around us and it sometimes takes a bit of encouragement to explore an area’s natural beauty. There is a lot to be seen and done in Stellenbosch and the surrounding areas that will take you back to nature.
7th November 2012, Posted in Things to do
Described as the food and wine heartland of the country – Franschhoek is a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Stellenbosch. Nestled between the mountains, lies the beautiful town with its French influence, brought by the Huguenots over 300 years ago. Between the award winning restaurants and the world class wine cellars, there is something to do for everyone and every budget. The main street is lined with craft shops, galleries and restaurants – ideal for a Sunday stroll. A place worth visiting is the Huguenot Fine Chocolatier, selling hand crafted Belgian chocolates. They offer a half hour program where guests to this chocolate wonderland can view demonstrations; learn about the history of Chocolate and most importunately, have a tasting.
Stellenbosch has a variety of cultures which can be viewed throughout the many art galleries located in town. The SMAC – Gallery (Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery) is located in the De Wet Centre on Church Street. It focuses on the significance of South Africa’s historical and contemporary art movement with well-established artists showcasing their art here. If you would like to view the University’s art collection, visit the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street. The building, declared a National Monument in 1979, has a permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, with regular temporary exhibitions of artists on display.