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 31.29 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50.7 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 38.62 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40.69 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 26.74 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 23.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 27.11 (Low)
  • How safe is Stellenbosch for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stellenbosch.

    • Burglary and Theft 70.43 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 73.34 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 79.86 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 83.98 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 65.33 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 74.16 (High)
    • Attacks 65.91 (High)
    • Drug offense 74.89 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 48.13 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 16.04 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 56.01 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 76.27 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Stellenbosch is 141.58 (High)

    • Safety Index 27.03 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 38.19 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.63 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 42.73 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 70.86 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.14 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 66.69 (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 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.27 USD

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