The oldest residential street in South Africa is a highlight when visiting Stellenbosch. Lined with buildings dating back to the 19th century, a few to look out for are No.116 Voorgelegen, containing original Batavian tiles, a military museum housed in the Kruithuis and the homestead of Libertas Parva which is now a Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery. Dorp Street has the typical Cape Dutch architecture with their prominent features being the rounded gables as well as the H – shaped houses. A good example being the Burgher House which is also a national monument. The Ackerman House, number 48-50 Dorp Street, used to be the residence of South Africa’s former Prime Minister, Jan Christiaan Smuts, who was a boarder here while attending the University. Here he also met his future wife. (more…)
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.