Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It is nestled between vineyards, and secluded by magnificent mountain ranges. The town’s oak-shaded streets, lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries are bordered with two world heritage nature reserves, Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. Stellenbosch is uniquely positioned for hosting events, as it is situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 40 minutes from Cape Town city centre, in the scenically beautiful and peaceful Cape Winelands.
Unique experiences in Stellenbosch:
- At the Middelvlei Boerebraai Restaurant, guests are invited to become part of this authentic outdoor food experience where the resident Middelvlei braai expert will be on hand to cook your boerewors, lamb chop and
- Why not treat spouses with high tea at The Ouwe Werf Hotel followed by a visit to the acclaimed Babylonstoren Spa.
- Stellenbosch is South Africa’s culinary capital and regularly features among the Top 10 Restaurants in SA, playing host to over 80 restaurants offering international cuisine to traditional Cape fare.
- End your conference on a sweet note with a nougat tasting experience paired with MCC and sparkling wines at JC Le Roux.
- Hold onto your hat for a Big 5 Vineyard Safari, which has nothing to do with animals. Instead, guests are loaded onto open air land rovers and cruise through the vineyards learning about the five varietals on offer at Warwick Estate.
- Let the energies flow with a famous chocolate and wine pairing experience at Lanzerac Wine Estate.
- Being the second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is steeped in history. The history of the town is all around you – museums and art galleries are dotted around the town and even historic Dorp Street is a National Monument, with one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in Southern Africa.
- Dorp Street, historically known by the early settlers as the ‘Wagon Road from the Cape’, is the perfect backdrop for any event, with its immaculately preserved Cape Dutch, Victorian and neo-Colonial architecture and millstream furrows on either side of the oak-lined road.
- Kickstart your conference experience with sightseeing by bicycle, the best way to explore the town and vineyards.
- Book a picnic at Spier, where all produce used is from the Spier farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Delegates can also whiz through the farm on a Segway PT (a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle) learning interesting facts about Spier’s wastewater treatment plant and its commitment to minimising its environmental impact on your journey.
- Why not book a helicopter flight and look the mountains in the eye. A flight over the valley and into the Jonkershoek will stay with you forever.
- How about ending your conference with horse trails and cycle trails meandering through fynbos, mountains and vineyards. Or try a wine tasting experience on horseback.
- If you are looking for unique adventure experiences, why not try mountaineering, hang gliding, abseiling, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, aviation, paintball, 4×4 trails, horse-riding and hiking, or join an adventure camp.
- Hiking through the Jonker’s Hoek Nature Reserve is both beautiful and exciting with different experiences year-round, depending on the season.
- For golf enthusiasts there are three championship 18-hole golf courses in Stellenbosch to choose from. Six more golf courses are within 30 minutes drive of the town.
- Stellenbosch proudly considers itself as the art capital of South Africa. Home to a prolific number of world-renowned artists and sculptors, visitors may feast their senses at plenty of art galleries and museums, admire outdoor sculptures, participate in the Last Thursdays Art Walk, or enjoy a hands-on experience in beadwork in Kayamandi, our local township. Names of resident artists to look out for: Dylan Lewis, Strijdom van der Merwe, Kaffie Pretorius.
- The Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa and has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students. The university plays host to many international academic conferences each year and the campus has many venues offering a variety of capacities to choose from. The Stellenbosch University currently has more than 24 000 students, 800 lecturers and over 50 research and service bodies.
- Add a special highlight to your agenda with a visit to the “Ultimate Living” Outdoor display areas, in partnership with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Learn about Shitake Mushrooms growing on Bluegum poles, aquaponics, medicinal herb tyre-gardens, up-cycling and various building methods to name but a few.
- No visit to Stellenbosch is complete without a visit to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, or to the waterfalls in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. The reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, and comprises the Jonkershoek Mountains and portions of the upper Jonkershoek Valley.
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