Overview

Stellenbosch owes its existence and name to the former governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who established this settlement on the banks of the Eerste River in 1679, making it the second-oldest formal settlement in South Africa. Today, it's a beautiful town, characterised by oak-lined streets and whitewashed buildings, many of Cape Dutch origin (although most of the town burnt down in 1710 and was rebuilt after that date), and lies between the imposing Simonsberg and more modest Papegaaiberg ('Parrot Mountain'). Visit on any given day, and you will immediately realise that this is a university town, with students whizzing by on bicycles and many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. It's an idyllic setting to explore on foot. The town is centred around the university, which is one of the leading universities in the country, renowned for its law and engineering faculties. It also offers courses in viticulture, the primary agricultural industry in the area, as it lies in the heart of the Cape winelands.

Top Accommodation ‐ Stellenbosch

Spier Hotel

Winelands, South Africa
  • TypeHotel

The 4-star Spier Hotel is one of South Africa’s first to be Fair Trade in Tourism accredited for living its values. Built village-style along the Eerste River, surrounded by vineyards, quiet gardens and historic farm buildings, the hotel captures the enigma of Cape wine country.

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Oude Werf Hotel

Winelands, South Africa
  • TypeHotel

Oude Werf is situated in the historic heart of the Cape Winelands’ capital of Stellenbosch. Here, on the site of our country’s first church - which coined our name: ‘the old churchyard’ - our intimate 58-room hotel blends contemporary comfort and period-inspired ambiance with the same easy, personal care we’ve offered guests for two centuries as South Africa’s oldest continuously-operating hotel.

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Top Golf Courses ‐ Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Golf Club

Winelands, South Africa
  • Par74
  • Distance6535 metres 7146 yards
  • DesignerKen Elkin

The Stellenbosch Golf Course lies in the centre of the fertile and very scenic wine growing area of the Cape and is nestled at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains in the heart of the famous historic town of Stellenbosch; less than an hour's drive from Cape Town.

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De Zalze Golf Club

Winelands, South Africa
  • Par72
  • Distance5937 metres 6492 yards
  • DesignerPeter Matkovich

Renowned golf course architect, Peter Matkovich, designer of the De Zalze Golf Course, made the most of the stunning setting while placing a premium on accuracy. With magnificent mountain backdrops and stunning water features; this exquisite setting presents an exciting and interesting challenge to golfers of all standards.

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