14th December 2012, Posted in Things to do
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.
Art and Cultural lovers can enjoy the many Art Galleries and Museums around town which are all within walking distance from each other. Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, De Oude Libertas Gallery, Die Moederkerk (Dutch Reformed Church), the Village Museum, the Toy&Miniature Museum, The V.O.C Kruithuis and Rupert Museum. So many to choose from!
South Africa’s first township Restaurant Theatre is a must if you want to see a true African experience. Favorite songs are performed while audiences are encouraged to partake and interact with the cast. You will find that the food served here is based on only the best of South African flavors. A shuttle service can be arranged to take you to the AmaZink venue or safe and secure parking is available if you prefer to drive. It is advised to prebook your table to ensure a seat at their next show.
is a fairly new centre and it’s ideal for parents wanting to entertain the little ones during the weekend. Situated just outside of Stellenbosch, it is not out of the way at all to see your favourite animals! The centre’s main focus is to educate their visitors on their wonderful wildlife and bird species with daily animal encounters and shows being held regularly – it is always popular with visitors. A good idea, especially with little ones on hand, is to bring a picnic basket as no restaurant is available as of yet.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to see Stellenbosch is to rent a bike! For about R140.00 a day you will be equipped with a fairly good mountain bike, helmet, lock and puncture repair kit. A scenic route to try is the road leading to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, it’s about 10km to the gate of the reserve and visiting the wine farms along the way will make the journey seem even shorter. The three popular ones are Lanzerac, Le Riche Wines and Stark-Condè. If you wish to stay in town, a stop at the Stellenbosch Tourism Office might be just what you need in order to stock up on all your brochures and tourist information. It’s recommended to travel light, especially during the scorching summer days. Remember to take enough water with you and wear sunscreen. Happy riding!
This is an experience on its own. What is more enjoyable than a delicious flavour-rich meal paired with one of South Africa’s best wines! And the best part is that there are so many restaurants to choose from, you will surely find one that meets your needs..(or hunger). Church Street in Stellenbosch is lined with small cafés and restaurants to choose from. A favorite is Basic Bistro. Small but oh-so-delicious food, the cozy environment and friendly staff will surely leave you satisfied. What’s also nice about Basic Bistro is they have a seating area outside, so although you are not sitting outside a small bistro in Paris, you will still get the local feel of Stellenbosch. If you are looking for a more fine dining experience try restaurants such as Bukhara on the corner of Dorp and Bird Street, Big Easy or De Wijnhuis in Dorp Street or Cuveè Restaurant at Simonsig Wine Farm.
If you are visiting from elsewhere in the world and would like to try some traditional cape cuisine, De Volkskombuis restaurant is perfect. Favorites like bobotie and karoo lamb can be found on the menu. They also have a carefully selected wine list with only the best wines from award winning wine farms.