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How to Spend 1 Day in Stellenbosch

How to Spend 1 Day in Stellenbosch

Part of South Africa’s Cape Winelands district, Stellenbosch is known for lush vineyards, dramatic mountains, and rich history. With just one day, it’s possible to experience the highlights of the area, from sampling the best in food and wine to taking in the beautiful views. Here are some ideas on how to spend 24 hours in Stellenbosch.

Morning: City Tour or Scenic Views

Start off your day by watching the sunrise from a hot-air balloon over the Cape Winelands and Table Mountain. Afterward, fuel up for the day with breakfast, included with some balloon tours. Spend the rest of the morning getting a comprehensive overview of Stellenbosch on a guided walking tour, and learn more about the town’s history, culture, and Cape Dutch architecture. Art lovers can visit the many museums and galleries in town, while outdoors-focused visitors can head to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy the scenery while walking, hiking, biking, or riding an all-terrain vehicle or scooter.

Afternoon: Wine Tasting

Dedicate the afternoon to wine tasting. More than 200 wineries dot the region, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, including how to get from place to place. Transportation options include the hop-on hop-off Vine Hopper van, bike, e-bike, or scooter rentals, or even riding horseback. For the most flexibility and least effort, book a private tour with your own driver and guide. Enjoy lunch or a picnic at a winery, or try tastings of olives, olive oil, or vinegar. Many wineries also offer food pairings with cheeses, chocolates, cupcakes, pizza, and even ice cream.


Night: Gourmet Tastes and Sounds

There’s no shortage of food options in Stellenbosch, ranging from award-winning fine dining restaurants to more casual fare. And, because it’s a university in town, there’s also a lively bar and nightlife scene to check out after dinner. Those visiting in the summer should take advantage of the pop-up food and wine events in town or the outdoor concerts at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, an open-air theater with views of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards.

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Guided Bike Tour of Stellenbosch

Guided Bike Tour of Stellenbosch

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Roll through the picturesque Western Cape Winelands on this 4 to 5-hour bike tour of Stellenbosch with wine tastings. Cycle through the historic center of Stellenbosch and Stellenbosch University's campus. Stop at two estates for cellar tours and wine tastings. Enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.96
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US$64.96
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Stellenbosch Winelands Luxury Cycle Tour ©

Stellenbosch Winelands Luxury Cycle Tour ©

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Explore the bounty of the Cape Winelands on this full-day small-group guided cycling tour around Stellenbosch from Cape Town, including food and wine tastings. Pedal your way on a 9-mile (15-km) route through one of South Africa's most prominent wine-growing regions. Stop along the way for wine tastings with food, including lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$110.73
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US$110.73
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Northern Route

Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Northern Route

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Enjoy the convenience of a hop-on hop-off tour while exploring the Stellenbosch wine route with the Vine Hopper's Northern Route. This circuit runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, stopping at six wineries along the way. Choose which wineries to visit and how long to stay. Get on the next Vine Hopper when you're ready to move on. Stops include Simonsig, Beyerskloof, Bergkelder, Delheim Warwick and Marianne Wine Estate.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$27.31
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US$27.31
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Walking Tour of Stellenbosch

Walking Tour of Stellenbosch

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Stroll through Stellenbosch with a purpose on this guided walking tour. Learn about the Cape Dutch architecture and hear about the town's history and culture through your guide's in-depth commentary. You'll learn much more than you would exploring on your own and ensure that you don't miss any of the town's highlights on this curated tour of highlights such as Mill Stream, the Eerste River, and Dorp Street.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$12.95
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US$12.95
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Stellenbosch Family Tour

Stellenbosch Family Tour

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Cycle around the wineries of Stellenbosch on this bike tour. You'll get out from behind glass bus windows to breathe the fresh air of the wine country. Ride at a relaxed pace, stopping at three wineries to do tastings of the local vintages and learn about their production. Your guide will provide all of the navigation so you can focus on the scenery.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.13
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 Daily Different small group WINE tour - from Stellenbosch

Daily Different small group WINE tour - from Stellenbosch

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this wine region tour from Stellenbosch. Spend the whole day in the rolling vineyards, visiting various wineries off the beaten path. Traveling on this small-group tour, limited to eight travelers, means you discover boutique wineries you might not find on your own; the itinerary is created according to the group's wine tastes.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$82.77
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Full-Day Chocolate, Cheese, Olive and Wine Tour from Stellenbosch

Full-Day Chocolate, Cheese, Olive and Wine Tour from Stellenbosch

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Combine several tastings of local South African products—cheese, wine, and olives—in a single tour from Stellenbosch. With round-trip transportation around the Cape Winelands, you won't need to worry about who's going to be the sober driver. Make multiple stops throughout the region at some of the most well-regarded wine estates, enjoying tasting notes and different chocolate, cheese, wine, and olive combination tastings.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$125.95
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1,5 Hour Nature Quad Bike Trail

1,5 Hour Nature Quad Bike Trail

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Nestled within in South Africa's Western Cape Province, Stellenbosch is surrounded by the Cape Winelands vineyards and the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg nature reserves—but the rugged landscapes can make exploring a challenge. Carefully designed for less experienced riders, this quad bike tour takes you deep into the countryside wilderness, where plump grapes flourish in the fertile soils. Tackle the terrain by powerful quad bike, with all safety equipment included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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1 Hour Vineyard Trailride

1 Hour Vineyard Trailride

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Enjoy personalized attention amidst the vineyard scenery on this private trail ride on horseback. After a safety briefing and lesson for beginners, mount your steed and head out into the vineyards, experiencing the native fynbos vegetation and fresh air. Your guide will provide engaging commentary about the region’s flora, fauna, and winemaking history.
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  • 1 hour
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US$34.46
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Stellenbosch Art Tour on Foot

Stellenbosch Art Tour on Foot

Join us for an unforgettable on foot experience through the streets of Stellenbosch. Your qualified guide will walk with you through the more than 300 year old streets of Stellenbosch and while admiring the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture, your guide will tell you tales about the interesting history of Stellenbosch. The tour will not only give you the opportunity to admire some of the best art and art galleries in South Africa, but you will also meet some of the artist at their studios and admire their art.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.15
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Stellenbosch Winelands Scooter Tour

Stellenbosch Winelands Scooter Tour

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Explore Jonkershoek on a Mountain® Scooter! Scootours give you the opportunity to experience this gem of Stellenbosch like never before. During the tour you will experience the beauty of these alpine-like mountains surrounding Stellenbosch in a fun and active way. Stunning views, majestic mountains and endless downhill slopes is what Scootours® Stellenbosch is all about. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. Because the scooters are propelled by gravity, our vehicle takes you to the top of the runs. All trips are guided by professional qualified guides. These Swiss-designed push bikes are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow is gone. 
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$42.46
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