Beautiful historic area with great wine!
Too close to Cape Town - very busy in summer
Historical. Great SA wines
Walking around this town is the best way to get a feel of the town. This place is filled with shops selling souvenirs and little knick knacks. I found that the range they had here is far superior and different from what they sell in other places like Cape Town and J'Burg. No doubt it is expensive, but if you find something exclusive and not too...more
This is a chic place, very warm and informal. There is good music and a friendly atmosphere. They have a 3 course or a 5 course tasting. I am not an expert on wines, but if you are or if you have limited knowledge, the people her will take you through the nuances of the various varieties, You could also have light snacks and cheese platters. I...more
This was not one of the wineries I searched out but a recommendation from Rustenberg. The wines were okay. Enjoyed a great little German love story about the wedding cup. The website posts that they offer a gourmet picnic. Maybe next time.Open Sunday to Saturday 10am-5pmTasting: R25 per person Tour group Private tasting: Cellar tours by appointment...more
Kanonkop had four wines listed on wine-searcher.com's list of top red wines in Stellenbosch. However, we tasted them and thought they were just okay. Better wines were tasted at De Toren and Thelema Mountain Vineyards.Opened:Monday through Friday 9am-5pmSaturday 9am-2pmmore
Absolutely beautiful property with great views of the mountains in Stellenbosch! The wines were really, really good! This was quite enjoyable and looking forward to buying their wine in the United States.Monday through Friday 9am-5pmSaturday 10am-3pmTastings cost R25 refundable with purchase.more
Yes, this winery is owned by golfer, Ernie Els. The property is gorgeous! They have one of the best views in Stellenbosch. So does Thelema Mountain Vineyards. The wines were okay. Their Proprietor's Blend is one of the highly rated Stellenbosch wines according to wine-searcher.com. Portfolio Tasting R60 for 8 winesSelective Tasting R30 for 4 winesmore
The best red wines we tasted! Do I need to say more? They only make two red blends, the Fusion V and the Z. Both available in the United States. We received a nice little tour of the winery and learned a little about the wine making process.Wine tasting at De Toren is by appointment only Monday through Friday. Closed on the weekends and public...more
Meerlust is one of the oldest wine estates in Stellenbosch. The red wines we tasted were okay but not great. However, they did have their blend, Rubicon, on winesearcher.com as one of the top wines from Stellenbosch. Tastings cost R30 per person and refunded with a purchase. Tasting room is open Monday through Saturday and closed for public...more
The Stellenbosch Village Museum encompasses five buildings. The first is a small building with exhibits about the town's history. The other four buildings are historic houses that you can tour, all of which are located within a hundred meters of each other. The oldest house, the Schrueder House, dates from the early 1700s, while the newest of the...more
There are plenty of wineries in the area around Stellenbosch, which lies within South Africa's main wine-producing region. Many of the wineries offer tastings to tourists. Some also have restaurants and tours. We chose to visit the Spier Winery not because of its wine (which was good), but because it is fun for kids (we had our 8-year daughter and...more
The Stellenbosch Village Museum is a group of four carefully restored and furnished buildings representing the major stylistic periods of the previous three centuries. Here one can move through these time periods in a matter of minutes, experiencing fascinating architecture, and getting a glimpse of life in the early development of the Cape.1....more
The Stellenbosch Village Museum is a group of four carefully restored and furnished buildings representing the major stylistic periods of the previous three centuries. 1. Schreuderhuis (ca. 1709)On the very first drawing of Stellenbosch (1710) the front part of this house is already mentioned. The house is small, with an open fire in the kitchen...more
Had a fantastic stay - good service, clean rooms, pleasant ambience, central location. The garden...more
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The facilities are amazing and the setting is romantic...more
I stayed at Bonne Esperance Guest in one of their Corporate Guest Rooms which had wireless internet...more
This is a no frills place selling pizzas. The vegetarian options are limited. But they have some great offers if you buy in bulk. You buy 4 pizzas and pay for only 2. So this is a great place to host parties or to go in a group. There is music and much noise, not fine dining type but a nice cheerful place.more
Jan Cats restaurant has been a local institution for decades. As a student I went to the pub in the roof, but only rediscovered the restaurant recently. I could highly recommend it for an interesting spin on local South African dishes. The food is interesting and well presented, the service is good and the setting, ambiance and presentation...more
Franscholoek Wine Valley is just east of Cape Town and slightly southeast of Stellenbosch in wine country. There is also a great little upscale shopping area in Franscholoek that is worth checking out. The food and ambience at Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant was wonderful. Since we were having lunch, we kept our meals light. The flavors were...more
Moyo is in Stellenbosch just outside of Cape Town and is set amongst the magnificent moutains and winelands. Its situated on the Spier Estate. In a magical setting you really feel your in South Africa and to spend our last night in this country it was the perfect ending. We even had our meal up in a tree! You can also eat on the ground! We had...more
The Blue Orange Coffee and Farm Shop is a perfect place for lunch or afternoon tea.You can either sit inside or in the lovely garden. My partner had a butternut quiche with a salad on the side, while I had a huge crab salad with home-made whole-wheat bread. With both a soft drink we paid 76 ZAR for this lunch.more
in suburbia, a few Kms from downtowntypical traditional Cape architecturewarm and friendly.A visit after 26 years, it still gets my nod of approval from the menu" Situated on the oak lined banks of the tumbling Eerste River, De Volkskombuis aan de Wagenweg naar de Kaap – the People’s Kitchen on the wagon road to Cape Town – was designed by Sir...more
Ideally located in the middle of town (in Dorp Street), Cognito is one of my personal favourite places to sit on a nice evening or afternoon and have a cocktail or snack. Be aware that during rush hour traffic (more or less 4h30 to 5h30) sitting outside may be a slight bit noisy, so rather go just after or for lunch.As for the menu, there is...more
The food is mostly mediteranean, but it also includes a large variety of other wonderfully prepared dishes. There is a very cozy atmosphere and the staff is very helpful and friendly.They are open for lunch (Tuesday - Sunday) from 12:00 to 15:00 and then again open for dinner (Tuesday - Saturday) from 18:00 to 22:00. During the day you can also buy...more
A very small market (about 20 stalls, all filled to the brim) specializing in local crafts. They mostly sell wood crafts, african paintings and jewellery (mostly beadwork). This is an ideal spot to buy memoirs or gifts to take back home.Please note that there is another market in the same street, located at the Taxi ranks, selling the usual fake...more
Once you've hunted through the open market stalls which are situated adjacent to the town common, make a visit to Karoo Classics. They have a wide selection of excellent local crafts. Depending on your taste they have a wide selection of animal skin rugs (including zebra, springbok), cushion covers, wallets, purses etc.more
Spier is in all the tourist guides and, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, seems to get all the tourists plus, at weekend, Capetonians coming out to the country twith their kids.
It has six shops, six restaurants and a hotel and conference centre. Oh, and the 'Cheetah Experience'.
This isn't a vineyard - it's a mini Disneyland with a car park to match.
Unique Suggestions: Eat at Moyo, the African restaurant, The food is excellent and apparently the entertainment is reasonably authentic and not too embarrassing.
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:
Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.
A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.
Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).
Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a SOUTH AFRICAN plug extension.
Bring along the best lens you can - a zoom lens will be needed as the animals are often in the distance and may only look like tiny specks in your photos when they are developed.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
This is so that you don’t get lost, plus can appreciate all that’s around you that much more.
It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.
Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. The concept originated in the UK and such enclosed parks can be found in countries throughout the world. Each year these parks are visited by thousands of visitors and now thanks to the initiative taken by two...more
Travel a bit out of Stellenbosch on the Helshoogte pass on the way to Franschhoek and stop at this wonderful berry farm. Great shop with every jam you can think of and tons of berries. Caters for allergies, diabetics etc.Sugar free jams available. Wheat and gluten free bread. The restaurant also caters for this. Great cheesecake, Creme Brulee,...more
As you head up the track towards Rust en Vrede, watch out for a sign for Annandale on your left. The wine maker is Hempies du Toit, ex-Springbok and former winemaker at Alto.The tasting room is a characterful old barn, with glassless windows and swifts flying in and out to their nest. The terriers will demands you throw sticks for them, all the...more