Apart from excellent golf, the Estate also offers cycling, walks amongst the vineyards, visits to the winery and delicious meals at it's restaurant. But there are also many wonderful trips, tours and excursions to be had in the surrounding areas.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably South Africa’s most famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin area includes 106 cellars – most of which are open to the public. Here you can enjoy a relaxing day tasting some of the country’s best wines. This favourite Wine Route is guaranteed to take you to the region’s top-ranked estates (both historic and modern).
There are also other excellent wine routes in nearby Franschhoek, Groot Drakenstein and Paarl.
The University Town of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch was established along the Eerste (First) River by Dutch settlers way back in 1679. Today it is home to one of South Africa’s finest universities... and the oldest music school. The town is an important cultural centre with many galleries and museums that exhibit both national and international art collections. It boasts many sites of historical and architectural interest, showcasing the country’s best examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian building. Restaurants and coffee bars abound along with many antique shops and designer boutiques. All of which combine to make Stellenbosch a ‘must do’ on every visitor’s list.
The heart of the town beats in the oak-lined Dorp Street with its venerable old buildings. This is the University’s main thoroughfare, where modern student life sits comfortably alongside a rich heritage. The University, which offers almost every outdoor activity, has produced many of the country’s sporting heroes, including over 155 rugby Springboks.
Walks, hikes and trails
These range from an easy 5.3km scenic walk to the challenging 17.1km Panorama Trail and the 18km Swartboskloof Trail. Visit Granny’s Forest at Helderberg Farm for easy walking trails and even an overnight shelter. The longer 24km full-day Vineyard Hiking Trail is best enjoyed in autumn or spring. It starts on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, above the Oude Libertas Centre, and meanders through the forestry plantations, vineyards, olive groves and coastal renosterveld.
Jonkershoek & Assegaaibosch Nature Reserves
The Jonkershoek Mountains and valley lie above Stellenbosch and are part of the Boland mountain range. Together these two popular reserves cover over 10,000 hectares of pristine natural beauty. Fynbos, protea and over 1,100 plant species are present in the reserves, while leopard, baboon, black eagles, klipspringer, sugarbirds, mongoose and spotted eagle owls are all at ‘home’ here. Both Reserves are open daily for walks/hikes, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding in the mountains for a small admittance fee.
Spier Wine Estate
Cheetah Outreach Programme
Spier has made land available to a group of hand-raised cheetahs in the care of the Cheetah Outreach Programme. Learn more about these incredible cats from a distance, or get up close and personal and even step inside an enclosure. Entrance donations help fund the Cheetah Outreach Programme.
Tel +27 (21) 809 1100
Watch how ancient falconry techniques are used to train them to hunt. Flying demonstrations are held daily.
Tel +27 (21) 858 1826
Trail rides are open to all horse riders, regardless of experience. Supervised pony and cart rides are available on the lawns of the Spier Estate for children. Open 12h00 to 16h00 weekends, public holidays and during peak season.
Tel +27 (21) 881 3683
The Spier Shop is a delight for tourists and local visitors in search of mementos or special gifts. These range from jewellery, curios, postcards, crockery, glassware, and African beadwork to beautiful mohair blankets... all of which is produced in South Africa.
Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00.
Tel +27 (21) 809 1142
Crafts at Spier
The craft market is a ‘must visit’ showcasing top-quality contemporary and traditional artworks by South African crafters. Textiles, ceramics, woodwork and African beadwork are on display including exquisite wood-turned bowls, beautifully crafted pottery pieces and handmade Nguni-style tapestries woven by the women of the Keiskamma Embroidery Project. Situated next to Spier’s Wine Welcome Centre, the craft market is open seven days a week, weather permitting, from 10am until 5pm.
Moyo Restaurant at Spier
Set in a garden under the starlit African sky, Moyo at Spier is unlike any other restaurant. Bedouin tents and gazebos are placed throughout the garden creating a nomadic-flavoured African village. This unexpected delight in the Winelands is kept buzzing by the humming and ululating voices of Third World Bunfight, a performance company known for pushing the boundaries of African art to the limits. Food is in the form of a massive African buffet with beefsteak, game meat, several different potjies, salads, seafood, traditional boerewors and more.Tel +27 (21) 809 1133
Oom Samie se Winkel (Uncle Sam’s shop)
This fascinating shop is situated near the lower end of Dorp Street in central Stellenbosch. Inside you’ll find all things South African... including wines from the local wine estates, antiques, confectionary, sweets, jams, furniture and curios.
Tel: +27 21 887 0797
Originally built as a private home in 1797 the Burgerhuis is regarded as a typical dwelling of the more well-to-do citizen... and the museum captures perfectly the elegance of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a good example of the famous Cape Dutch style of architecture, which experts have described as “the most lyrical architectural style in the world.” In fact the South African artist, J H Pierneef, described its gable as one of the most beautiful in the Cape.
Tel: +27 21 887-0339
A unique attraction, especially for youngsters, Butterfly World is the largest free flying park for butterflies in southern Africa. Inside the flight display house, the life cycle of the butterfly is clearly shown, and if visitors are lucky, they may even see a butterfly emerging from its pupa. The park is open every day of the year except 25 December from 9am to 5pm, except June, July and August, when the opening hours are 10am to 4pm. Butterfly World is located near the junction of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington Wine Routes, on Route 44 – just off the N1 at Exit 47.
Tel: +27 21 875 5628
Groot Drakenstein Correctional Facility
Formerly known as the Victor Verster maximum-security prison it was renamed in 2000. Odd to find a prison listed under ‘Attractions’ but it is of interest because it was the last place in which Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. In fact it was through these prison gates, and not those of Pollsmoor in Cape Town or from Robben Island, that Mandela walked to freedom in 1990. Surprisingly, the prison resembles a boys’ school rather than a security prison and its surroundings of grape vines and rolling hills is equally incongruous. A larger-than-life bronze statue of Mandela was recently unveiled, in the very place where he took those first steps as a free man.
Afrikaanse Taal Monument
Known simply as the Taal (Language) Monument this famous Afrikaans icon was erected on top of Paarl Rock in 1975. It commemorates the semicentenary of Afrikaans as an official language, separate from Dutch, and overlooks the farmlands of both Stellenbosch and Paarl. Designed by architect Jan van Wijk, the monument takes its inspiration from the surrounding granite rock and consists of various tapering structures along convex and concave lines. It is a towering symbol, that can be seen kilometres away, depicting Afrikaans as "a rapidly ascending curve."
Wijnland Auto Museum
Here is one of the most incredible collections of vintage cars ever put on display. They literally spill out onto the lawn and the array of virtual rust buckets is incredibly endearing to those for whom a shiny restored rendition holds absolutely no appeal. There are, of course, also many fine examples of cars gloriously restored and the museum’s floor is a veritable ‘who’s who’ of vintage cars.
Tel: +27 21 988 4203
Restaurants - Stellenbosch and Beyond
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