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Stellenbosch

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Introduction

Classic Stellenbosch

Classic Stellenbosch

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Stellenbosch is a town in South Africa's Western Cape, about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town. It is one of the oldest settlements in the region and has about 125,000 inhabitants, making it a rather large town.

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Sights and Activities

Stellenbosch, together with Paarl and Franschhoek, are mainly known for their wines. The Cape Winelands are a popular area for people wanting to visit wineries and taste some of the best wines in the country, or even the world.
There is also a Stellenbosch Wine Route. The Cabernet Sauvignon is of great quality and internationally known; another wine worth tasting is the pinotage, unique to South Africa.

The Stellenbosch Museum is interesting enough to spend an hour or so.

Stellenbosch Vineyards

Stellenbosch Vineyards

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Events and Festivals

  • Cheese festival - April
  • Stellenbosch Food and Wine Festival -August
  • Stellenbosch Young Wine Show - August
  • Music and Arts festival September through October
  • Van der Stel Festival - October
  • Strawberry Festival - October
  • Blaauwklippen Blending Competition - October
  • Fine Food and Wine Festival - December

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Getting There

By Plane

Cape Town International Airport is the nearest interational airport with dozens of airlines serving hundreds of destinations throughout the world.

By Train

Metro Rail has a train from Cape Town, via Belville.

By Car

Stellenbosch is easily reached by car along the R310 route, east out of Cape Town. Paarl and Franschhoek are an hour away as well, in northern and eastern direction respectively.

By Bus

Check the websites of the South African bus companies Greyhound South Africa, Intercape and Translux for more information. There are buses from the main hostels in Cape Town as well.

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Getting Around

By Car

Car hire companies where you can pick up a vehicle in Stellenbosch include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and First Car Rental.

By Foot

Most of the town itself is easily explored on foot.

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Eat

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Drink

  • Wijnhuis - offers dining, but also wine tasting tours.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
5 Seasons60 van der Stel StreetGuesthouse-
Banghoek Place193 Banghoek RoadGuesthouse79
Magnolia Place11 Culemborg crescentGuesthouse-
Stellenbosch Traveller's Lodgeno 8 cnr of dorp and stadler street StellenboschHostel-
Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge12 Market Street Stellenbosch 7600Hostel72
In2Africa Sommerset-ForestSir Lowry’s Pass Road Sir Lowry Pass VillageGuesthouse-
WedgeView Country House & SpaBonniemile, VlottenburgGuesthouse-
Majeka House26-32 Houtkapper Street ParadyskloofGuesthouse-
Devonvale Golf & Wine EstateBottelary Road PO Box 77 KoelenhofHotel-
Auberge Rozendal Wine FarmOmega Street Rozendal Farm, WinelandsGuesthouse-

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Learn

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Keep Connected

Internet

Big cities and most of the popular places in the country usually have an internet café though they are not as abundant as in, for example, Asia or South America. It's also relatively expensive, usually 20-30 rand an hour, sometimes even more. Many of the accommodation options have internet access available, either wireless with your own laptop or by their own computer(s). Wireless access is also available throughout the country in more and more cafes and eateries, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Note that you usually have to login anyway and agree with the terms and conditions. It is cheapest to buy a prepaid cell phone starter pack (less than R10) and access the Internet with GPRS or 3G. Generally R2 per MB for out of bundle data from most providers (50c for Virgin Mobile), but it becomes a lot cheaper if you buy a data bundle. In general coverage is good except the more rural parts of the northern and northwestern parts of the country (especially Northern Cape).

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls). The general emergency number is 10111, ambulance is 10177 and police is 1011.

South Africa has very good phone facilities, which are also becoming more and more competitively priced, now that more operators are active on the market. The main ones are Neotel and Telkom South Africa. Local phone calls are cheap (about one Rand an hour), domestic long-distance calls are about twice as expensive. International calls start at around 6 Rand an hour but can be (much) higher to less usual countries. Note that public phones are about twice as cheap as new private phone centres. Phone calls tend to be the cheapest during the weekend and during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) on weekdays and more expensive during the evening and nights at weekdays.

There are also good mobile-phone facilities, with GSM and 3G networks. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta. SIM card prepaid starter kits are available from R10. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.

Post

The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. They have a track & trace system for parcels as well. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet. Also international courier companies like TNT, UPS and DHL tend to be fast, very reliable and competitively priced.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -33.9322
  • Longitude: 18.8586

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