Stellenbosch is a place of coffee, red wine and art
You should definitely experience the beautiful town of Stellenbosch with rows of oak trees in almost every street. It is even called "Eikestad" by many of the locals which means "Oak City." This town is one of the best places in South Africa. You may read a brief
history of this town
just to get you started if you like.
When I was 14, we moved to
. I completed high school in Stellenbosch at
Paul Roos Gymnasium
which is one of the best public boy schools in South Africa. This is when I got to really "feel" Stellenbosch.
Since I wasn't legally allowed to drink alcohol in high school I didn't know much about wine. I do remember though when my dad took us for a trip to
and we fell asleep under the beautiful stars in between the vineyards.
Now that I am all grown up, my wife and I love to take our kids for a drive up the Jonkershoek valley. It's not very far and it actually ends in a dead end where the road fades into gravel and you enter the
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve is great for mountain biking and leisure walks. It's lovely to breathe in the fresh air and experience the quietness that surrounds you in a place like this.
There is even a beautiful castle like the one you read about in fairy-tales. It stands tall on top of a hill on your left as you enter the valley.
Check out some available
My wife and I also have the following restaurant ratings:
is situated just outside Stellenbosch next to the Flying Club. It's a beautiful restaurant hidden in a forest of pine trees. When you sit outside you've got a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
is situated in town. It's a nice place to take your guests and in summer we enjoy taking our supper on the rooftop patio. Die Wijnhuis has a very large selection of wines and they'll also ship your wine anywhere.
For an authentic old Dutch experience, go to Die Volkskombuis.
. What I really like about this place is how they've managed to keep a feeling of a meal in an old Dutch house. They also recommend a wine with each dish.
Die Volkskombuis has added de Oewer Riverside Food and Wine Garden
which is situated next door, as well as the Red Pepper Deli.
and the Oak Village Bed & Breakfast.
Every Saturday, there is a great
organic food market
at the Bosmans crossing. It's definitely worth checking out!
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Dombeya - Haskell Vineyards
About half way between the towns of Somerset West and Stellenbosch you will find a Strawberry Farm. Turn up the road that leads you into the mountains and you will be taken to the beautiful serene places of the
, formerly known as Dombeya.
Here we have spent many peaceful times drinking tea and eating cakes and scones. The fountain in the courtyard always gives me a tranquil feeling that reflects the views of the Helderberg valleys.
A beautiful wine estate tucked away in the Stellenbosch mountains. There are only two dirt roads that you can take to get there. We actually found it coincidently while we were driving up roads to see how far into the mountains we could drive.
"A visit to Waterford Estate
in Stellenbosch can be described
as an all-encompassing sensory experience."
You can experience a delightful treat of wine and chocolate tasting when you get there, as well as drinking in the amazing beauty of the land. Visit the
Waterford Wine Estate
Spier is an awesome event. It goes far beyond just a wine estate, it actually stands as an artistic focal point for all of us here in the Western Cape.
There are many different parts to this estate. To sum it up
• it's an excellent conference venue with plenty of superb accommodation
• There's an established and flourishing culture and arts centre
• There's great movement to sustainability and talk of converting the whole farm into full Bio-dynamic
• And of course it's a premier wine estate.
What we like doing here is taking the kids to the
Cheetah Outreach program
where you can actually touch the cheetahs. we also take them right next door to the Eagle encounters raptor centre. It's all very exciting!!!
By the way, check out the
official Spier website.
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