How to Spend 1 Day in Stellenbosch
Part of South Africa’s Cape Winelands district, Stellenbosch is known for lush vineyards, dramatic mountains, and rich history. With just one day, it’s possible to experience the highlights of the area, from sampling the best in food and wine to taking in the beautiful views. Here are some ideas on how to spend 24 hours in Stellenbosch.
Morning: City Tour or Scenic Views
Start off your day by watching the sunrise from a hot-air balloon over the Cape Winelands and Table Mountain. Afterward, fuel up for the day with breakfast, included with some balloon tours. Spend the rest of the morning getting a comprehensive overview of Stellenbosch on a guided walking tour, and learn more about the town’s history, culture, and Cape Dutch architecture. Art lovers can visit the many museums and galleries in town, while outdoors-focused visitors can head to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy the scenery while walking, hiking, biking, or riding an all-terrain vehicle or scooter.
Afternoon: Wine Tasting
Dedicate the afternoon to wine tasting. More than 200 wineries dot the region, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, including how to get from place to place. Transportation options include the hop-on hop-off Vine Hopper van, bike, e-bike, or scooter rentals, or even riding horseback. For the most flexibility and least effort, book a private tour with your own driver and guide. Enjoy lunch or a picnic at a winery, or try tastings of olives, olive oil, or vinegar. Many wineries also offer food pairings with cheeses, chocolates, cupcakes, pizza, and even ice cream.
Night: Gourmet Tastes and Sounds
There’s no shortage of food options in Stellenbosch, ranging from award-winning fine dining restaurants to more casual fare. And, because it’s a university in town, there’s also a lively bar and nightlife scene to check out after dinner. Those visiting in the summer should take advantage of the pop-up food and wine events in town or the outdoor concerts at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, an open-air theater with views of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards.