Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads.
The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of the two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is a world-renowned and popular tourist destination.
Stellenbosch lies ensconced in the Jonkershoek Valley and is surrounded by towering mountains and vineyards, making any dining experience memorable.
Mountains, hills, valleys, forests and streams offer unequalled opportunities for both the outdoor and adventure enthusiast.
Try your hand at mountaineering, hang-gliding, abseiling, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, aviation, paintball, 4×4 trails, horse-riding and hiking, or join an adventure camp.
Hiking through the Jonker’s Hoek Nature Reserve is both beautiful and exciting with different experiences round-round, depending on the season. Winter will offer tumbling waterfalls and bubbling streams, while summer will offer hot sunny days and dry heat.
In this historic haven, business hub and student town, restaurants have to cater for the casual diner to the most discerning epicurean – and they do it well. Fine dining restaurants, laid-back bistros, coffee shops, sidewalk cafés and fast food outlets abound and offer traditional Cape cuisine and South African specialities, to the most exotic international cuisine.
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