Stellenbosch Tourism

Stellenbosch- The City of Oaks and un-countable vineyards and breweries which give birth to some of the best international wines in the world, is one of those places you are bound to visit if you have the travel-gene in you. Pleasant weather, beautiful greenery all around and a glass or two of soulful wines, all make Stellenbosch a getaway heaven and an experience in its own right.

Stellenbosch is located 50 kilometers east of Cape Town and is the second oldest town in South Africa! The town was founded in 1679 and is named after its Governor- Simon van der Stel. The town however was transformed when the Dutch implemented furrows which drew waters from the nearby Eerste river through the town. During 1690s the first grapes were grown in the valley giving way to what would be its rich viticulture and wine-making abilities.

The city’s history is marked in its architectural buildings that preserve Victorian designs and Georgian influences that take you back in time. In spite of its world-wide rulers and influences, Stellenbosch still converses in Afrikaans although English is well understood.

Tourism in Stellenbosch has added to South Africa’s charm as a traveler’s dream.  The legendary wine-routes and fabulous gourmet food-joints have highlighted the charming city of South Africa on the world map. Each one of you should visit Stellenbosch at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Stellenbosch.

Essential travel information and Stellenbosch tips for your visit

  • The Tourist bureau offers help if you want to know about city tours and any other tourist information.
  • Do carry warm clothes in winter, as it can get unpredictably cold.
  • If you are visiting the town for a long time, do visit the beautiful Western Cape Wine lands which accommodate the Stellenbosch University.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Stellenbosch

  • Know the pollution level of Stellenbosch before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.19 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 46 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.52 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 38.97 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 24.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20.54 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.75 (Low)
  • How safe is Stellenbosch for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stellenbosch.

    • Burglary and Theft 66.49 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 69.53 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 76.89 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 81.27 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 61.51 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 70.36 (High)
    • Attacks 61.89 (High)
    • Drug offense 71.71 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 16.49 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 52.36 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 72.65 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Stellenbosch is 146.9 (High)

    • Safety Index 30.13 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.49 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.4 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 43.92 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.36 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.22 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 74.25 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Stellenbosch

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 56.54 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

* Some of the data on this page is powered by Numbeo