Attractions in and around Stellenbosch.

The town’s academic history has its roots in the early nineteenth century when the Stellenbosch Gymnasium, the forerunner of today’s internationally renowned centre for education, the Stellenbosch University, was established. There is a small-town atmosphere and leisurely lifestyle surrounded by nature’s bounty, yet Stellenbosch is no more than half an hour’s drive from the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town and endless stretches of pristine white beach are within 15 minutes' drive. The mild weather and unique terroir is ideal for wine-growing and the region has amassed many international awards over the years. The first Wine Route was established in 1971 and comprised 17 cellars; today the Stellenbosch Wine Routes boasts more than 200 members.

The tranquil, friendly town offers a plethora of activities and events for young and old, the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art-lover, and history buff. The unsurpassed scenery with views over vineyards, mountains and orchards, offers excellent photographic opportunities.

Accommodation opportunities:

Please refer to the Stellenbosch website at

See also the PDF below.


Airport shuttle and taxi services.

It is easy to arrange to travel from the airport using a variety of pre-booked, reliable shuttle services (we can recommend Helderberg Shuttle or Bettina shuttle).  Also see the Cape Town airport website.  You may also want to consider Uber, which is a common and quick alternative in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Car rental.

Cars can be easily and reasonably rented from the airport: Road conditions in South Africa are good and visitors are permitted to drive on international licenses (as long as an English translation is available, where applicable).  All of the major international car rental companies, and a host of low costs alternatives, have outlets at Cape Town airport including Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Bidvest and 4 Seasons car rental.  The drive to Stellenbosch will take between 40 minutes and 1 hour, depending on traffic or route chosen.  Note that cars are right-hand-drive in South Africa (i.e. people drive on the left side of the road).