From nearby Winelands towns, to the City of Cape Town, its scenic Peninsula or the Klein Karoo region further afield, there’s much to see:
A drive of 30 minutes through this region of mountains and centuries’ old estates begun by French Huguenots in the late 1600’s, takes one to Franschoek, South Africa’s ‘gourmet capital’ with some globally feted restaurants. A visit to Solms Delta’s estate with its unique Museums that trace the ancestry of local people, their music and culture is particularly rewarding.
This historic town, set beneath massive granite boulders that ‘gleam like pearls’, Paarl is the traditional ‘home’ of the Afrikaans language, and also located near the spot where an imprisoned Nelson Mandela finally walked to freedom in 1990. Surrounded by iconic estates like Nederburg, it offers many historic, wine and leisure experiences.
Southern Cape Coast
Heading towards nearby False Bay, a half day’s excursion offers some key southern coastal nature reserves with their unique Cape species, the verdant fruit and wine growing areas of Elgin, en route to the whale-watching town of Hermanus where these oceanic giants can be seen from the town’s shoreline from June to end November.
The mountains and plains of the Klein Karoo region that begin beyond the Boland’s range, offer a very different Cape of drier wine/fruit growing country towns like Worcester, Tulbagh and Robertson. This more rugged landscape is also home to top game reserves like Sanbona, which allow up-close encounters with Africa’s biggest wild species – within just a few hours’ drive of Stellenbosch.
City of Cape Town
With legendary sights like Table Mountain, the huge V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, the Cape Town Castle and some of the Cape’s top museums, galleries, theatres and cultural experiences – all accessible on foot or by sightseeing bus – the many wonders of Africa’s tourism ‘capital’ are an easy 40 minutes’ drive from Stellenbosch.