Things to do in Stellenbosch

Our most recommended things to do in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

1. Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants across the four centuries of the town’s existence. Discover where Simon van der Stel, the town’s colonial founder, set up camp on the Eerste River, and where the river got its name. Perhaps you'll meet an angel at the "Angel Factory," or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk.” Amble The Braak, or village green, with its historical buildings surrounding it on 3 sides, and Dorp Street, the oldest residential street in South Africa. Learn about the famous graduates of Stellenbosch University, who include prime ministers and sportsmen alike. Over the course of the 1.5-hour tour, gain local insights into one of South Africa’s most historic towns.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

2. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

3. Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

Start your tour at 9 AM at the tour operator's shop to collect a bicycle or E-Bike and helmet to suit your size. Receive a snack pack included in the rate. The guide will carry saddle panniers for those who would like to buy wine en route. Set off on your ride around interesting historic sites in Stellenbosch Town. Then, cycle further along the scenic Jonkershoek Valley where the mountains form part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow a winding road through oak and poplar forests which leads to a wine estate nestled in the valley bottom. Here you can take in the stunning views while enjoying a wine tasting of some award-winning wines. On the way out of the valley, stop at another wine estate which sports beautiful grounds and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Participate in a private cellar tour before you sit down for a chocolate and wine pairing that will make your taste buds tingle. After the tasting, head back into Stellenbosch Town via the famous Stellenbosch University before ending the tour back at the tour operator's offices. There are some variations on this guided bike tour for varying levels of difficulty so the tour can be tailored to suit your cycling ability. The tour lasts between 4-5 hours.

Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

4. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

5. From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

Join this guided tour to explore the 3 wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Be treated to chocolate, a wine tasting, and a cellar tour at Rheboksloof wine farm near Paarl. Drive through Paarl and then enjoy a photo stop at the Drakenstein Prison. Arrive at Franschhoek and spend some time exploring the town on your own. Enjoy lunch or indulge in an extra wine tasting. Afterward, take a scenic drive over the impressive Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. Have a walk around Stellenbosch before heading off to Simonsig. Take part in an afternoon wine tasting with cheese at Simonsig in the Stellenbosch region before heading back to Cape Town. Your wine guide will highlight points of interest along the way and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route or wine farms.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

6. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Go on an exciting and unique African safari for 5 days. See elephants, ostriches, dolphins and more. Enjoy free time on the beach to surf and explore, and learn from your expert guides about wildlife conservation. Day 1: Route 62Travel about 400 km Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Ride along Route 62 — the longest wine route in the world, with a wine tasting stop (a non-alcoholic tasting is available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, you'll have the option to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole to learn about these gentle giants' background, behavior, and character. You can choose to overnight at (Saver package) Uthando Backpackers, (3*Comfort package) 88 van Rheede or (4*Deluxe package) Buffelsdrift lodge. Day 2: OudtshoornTravel about 250 km Wake up in the ostrich capital of the world, visiting a working ostrich farm to get to know more about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Head to the mountains to wander deep underground in the illuminated wonderworld of the Cango Caves. Explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins, 3* Gerald's Gift or 4* Addo Wildlife lodge Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys BayTravel about 250 km Start the morning early to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park — the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join an optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost) and also go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide navigating the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals in this sanctuary to over 550 elephants, buffalo, lion, black rhino, zebra, and more. Spend your afternoon relaxing at Jeffreys Bay's beach or choose between with surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (optionals at extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe, 3* Sea Whisper or 4* On The Beach lodge Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield Travel about 250 km Adrenalin junkies can experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optionals at extra cost). Venture into the Tsitsikamma National Park for a forest fix and short walk to the suspension bridges, before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon viewpoint en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, 3*Fairy Knowe or 4* Dolphin Dunes lodge Day 5: Wilderness Travel about 450 km Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the Wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town you'll get another chance to spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 pm to 10 pm.

From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

7. From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

Discover well-known large estates such as Spier Wine Farm which has over 300 years of history dating back to 1692. Explore smaller, privately-owned Haskell Vineyards which is the residence of many of the most famous names in South African wines. For a change of pace, visit the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery. Housed in a preserved chateau-like complex on the banks of the Eerste River, it is the only local producer of brandy in the region. Learn about the origins of Van Ryn’s dating back to 1845. Situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, explore Alto Estate, world-renowned for its handcrafted red wines since 1922. Get a fantastic panoramic view of the region from Kleine Zalze Lodge, which is located alongside the first fairway of De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate. Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, Neethlingshof estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1705 and is distinguished by its beautiful avenue of stone pines.  With this pass, take your time at each location, and craft an itinerary suited to your interests and schedule.

Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

8. Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

Taste the local culture with this cellar tour. All wine tastings are paired with customized cheese, chocolate and cured meats. Visit 4 different wine estates in both regions: famous farms and some hidden gems known only to locals. Learn how wine is made, how to taste wine, what foods and wines pair best, and what bottles to order at restaurants. Enjoy a delicious light lunch served in the middle of the wine lands overlooking the Franschhoek valley.  Benefit from a diverse range of wine styles, local treats of cured meats paired with selected wines, artisanal chocolate and stroll down the beautiful main road of Franschhoek.

Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

9. Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

Enjoy a day filled with beautiful scenery and wine and cheese tasting on this tour of the Cape Winelands. Get a taste of history as well as you visit historical landmarks, like the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept. Get picked up at your accommodation in the morning by a tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus and head off on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Winelands tour. Follow the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek wine route in all its splendor and enjoy lunch surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting at up to 5 wine estates, and will also visit monuments, enjoy a town orientation tour in Stellenbosch and explore the town of Franschhoek. Travel along the scenic N2 and stop at DeMorgenzon wine estate in Stellenbosch for the first wine tasting of the day. DeMorgenzon is unique in that they have musical speakers scattered across the vineyards from which soft classical music can be heard. They also produce one of the best Chenin Blanc wines in the region. From there, proceed to one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Stellenbosch, for a town orientation tour. Continue to Marianne Wine Estate in Paarl to experience biltong and taste their wines. Marianne believes that pairing different types of biltong with red wine enhances the flavors of their wines. Continue to Fairview Vineyards and Goats Cheese for a cheese and wine tasting. Purchase your favorite cheese and condiments from the deli, as well as wine from a choice of 3 ranges in the tasting room. As you follow along this route you’ll stop in front of Drakenstein Prison to see the Nelson Mandela monument. This prison is where Nelson Mandela spent his last days of incarceration before his walk to freedom. Next, you’ll have a chance to explore the town of Franschhoek, known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It is home to some of the finest restaurants and wine estates in the country. Learn about the French influence on the Cape Winelands and explore a bit of the town itself. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense) and later visit the Mont Rochelle wine estate owned by Sir Richard Branson. Your last wine tasting for the day will be at Delaire Graff, known as the jewel of the Cape Winelands. Afterward, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

10. From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

Day 1: Oudtshoorn Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start with morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going guided Heritage Tour or by contrast, the Adventure Tour allows you to wiggle your way through limestone on a daring underground route. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to bbq) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs and pot brood. Overnight at (Saver) Uthando Backpackers, (Comfort) 88 van Rheede guesthouse, or (Deluxe) Buffelsdrift Lodge. Day 2: WildernessTravel about 280 miles (450 km) As the dawn breaks in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Then, take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks in Wilderness National Park region. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.  The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. Opt in to hurtle face-first down the 134 (216 m) drop or those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will visit the nearby forest area near Tsitsikamma. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield or Wilderness, subject to your accommodation location. Feel the white sand between your toes as you sip on cocktails and enjoy dinner. Overnight at (Saver) PiliPili Beach Backpackers, (Comfort) Fairy Knowe Riverside Guesthouse, or Deluxe Dolphin Dunes Guesthouse. Day 3: Garden Route Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start the day in the heart of the African bush. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra, and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife, and insects. End the day with a journey through the landscape of rolling farmlands as you say farewell to the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,334 reviews

A truly excellent experience from start to finish, picked up from my hotel in Cape Town and taken to four vineyards, great selections with a mix of small family run vineyards to bigger exporting vineyards. Lunch was provided at one of the vineyards and was truly excellent (get the Babotie if it’s an option, you won’t regret it!) and then dropped off back at the hotel by 6pm. The vineyards all have stunning views, rich history, and great vibes, ended up buying at least one bottle from each, I just couldn’t help myself. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. An all round great day, would 100% recommend

Our guide Ulrich arrived promptly. We had already checked in online so it was off straight away. We were the only two on the tour so it was like a private tour. We were taken to three amazing vineyards in stunning settings. Ulrich was so knowledgeable about the wines, as were of course the vineyard staff. We tasted some wines made from grapes that we don’t really see back home. Had a cheese platter at one of the vineyards. All in all just an amazing day. Highway recommended.

It didn't start well. The friendly people of Scootours had not received our reservation but when we called they solved this perfectly and within 15 minutes our driver Verno was ready for us. We had a great time and were taken to very beautiful places by our driver Verno. Verno is a very pleasant person who took us there and back safely everywhere. We tasted nice wines in several beautiful places.

Very well conducted tour with visits to four beautiful and very different wine estates. The wines were lovely, company and tour guide was great and lunch was good. This tour is an extremely enjoyable experience.

Eine schöne Tour für alle, die wenig Zeit haben Franschhoeck und Stellenbosch zu besuchen.