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How to Spend 3 Days in Stellenbosch

How to Spend 3 Days in Stellenbosch

With three days in Stellenbosch, there is enough time to experience the best of the city’s history and culture, the region’s many wineries, and the great outdoors. See below on how to spend three days in South Africa’s City of Oaks.

 

Day 1: Wine, Wine, and More Wine

Wine tasting is one of the main attractions in Stellenbosch, home to the oldest wine route in South Africa. Get an early start with a glass of bubbly as you enjoy sunrise over the Cape Winelands. Afterward, spend the day visiting different wineries and sampling their vintages, including regional specialties such as pinotage. Go on a tasting tour via bike, e-bike, scooter, or horseback, or leave the driving to someone else on the hop-on hop-off Wine Hopper van. To fully customize your experience—and cruise around in style—opt for a private guided tour. 

Many wineries offer snacks and meals, spanning gourmet feasts to simple picnics, in addition to pairings with cheeses, chocolates, cupcakes, ice cream, or pizza. Enjoy dinner back in Stellenbosch. If you haven’t had enough to drink yet, there are plenty of bars and clubs in town.

 

Day 2: City Sightseeing

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, with a long history and rich culture. Join a walking tour of the city to learn more about both as you walk around town and admire the well-preserved Dutch Cape, Georgian, and Victorian architecture. Then step back in time at the Stellenbosch Village Museum, home to four fully restored historical houses from different time periods. Art lovers should check out the Rupert Museum, the Stellenbosch Art Gallery, and the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. When lunchtime hits, go café hopping to sample local bites, and on weekends, take advantage of the outdoor markets. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in town, then end the day with some live entertainment. Depending on the season, you may be able to catch an outdoor concert, jazz show, or theater performance.

 

Day 3: Wild Views and Wildlife

Set in the Jonkershoek Valley with the Stellenbosch mountains in the background, Stellenbosch is known for its spectacular scenery. Enjoy the outdoors—and the views—at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A range of hiking and biking trails are available, offering different levels of difficulty and lasting from an hour to an entire day.

In the afternoon, choose from among several activities in the area. Animal lovers can spend the afternoon with wildlife at several animal sanctuaries included on-site at wineries, such as Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm, the Vrendenheim Big Cat Park, and the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary. Horseback riding is another option in the region, and wine lovers can spend their time touring additional wineries in the Stellenbosch area, or in the nearby Franschhoek region. When back in Stellenbosch for the night, join the town’s thriving nightlife with dinner, drinks, and dancing.

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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
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US$12.93
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E-Fatbike Mountain Adventure – Stellenbosch

E-Fatbike Mountain Adventure – Stellenbosch

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Guided E-Fatbike Adventure exploring the majestic mountains of Stellenbosch. Go Further – Explore More!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.24
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Eastern Route

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

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Eliminate the worries about choosing a sober driver with this convenient hop-on hop-off tour of the Stellenbosch wine region. Make your own itinerary by choosing which of the five wineries you'd like to explore; stay as long as you want at each. Stops include Boscendal, Zorgvliet, Neil Ellis, Thelema, and Lanzerac. Choose your own departure time from Stellenbosch town with minibuses that depart on the hour throughout the day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$27.26
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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
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.40
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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
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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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Wine Tasting and cultural tour with a wine maker

Wine Tasting and cultural tour with a wine maker

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Explore the wine-growing areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek on this full-day tour of the Cape Winelands. Visit wineries young and old, allowing you to experience a good variety of local wines and vintners. Not only is your guide a professional sommelier, he’s a photographer and birdwatcher extraordinaire who’s happy to share knowledge about the region.
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