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How to Spend 2 Days in Stellenbosch

How to Spend 2 Days in Stellenbosch

With two days in Stellenbosch, you can devote an entire day to wine tasting and still have time to explore the long history, rich culture, and beautiful scenery of the region. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in South Africa’s City of Oaks.

 

Day 1: Wine Tasting

**Morning:**Start with a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the mountains and valleys of the Cape Winelands. After breakfast, spend the day sampling one of the main draws of the area, the wine. Options for visiting the vineyards include the hop-on hop-off Vine Hopper van; tours via bike, e-bike, horseback, and scooter; and booking a private driver and guide.

 

**Afternoon:**Many wine tours last most of the day and extend past lunch. There’s no need to take a break from the wine tasting, as many wineries offer lunch, with options that range from gourmet meals to a casual picnic on the grounds. For something different, try pairing your wine with chocolates, cupcakes, or ice cream.

 

**Night:**As a university town, Stellenbosch also is known for having a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs, and live entertainment. Depending on the season, options could include pop-up food and wine events, outdoor concerts at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, or night markets with live jazz.

 

Day 2: History and Scenery

**Morning:**Although the area boasts more than 200 wineries, Stellenbosch has more to offer. In the morning take a guided walking tour of the town to learn about its history as the second oldest town in South Africa, admire the Dutch Cape architecture, and visit some of the museums and art galleries.

 

**Afternoon:**Take in the views at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers trails for walking, hiking, running, and mountain bike riding. Alternatively, get up close with wildlife at the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary, the Vrendenheim Big Cats Park, or Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm.

 

**Night:**For your final night, enjoy a relaxing gourmet dinner, then take in a theater performance. Or, if you’re still feeling energetic, drink and dance the night away at one of the many bars and clubs in town.

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Full Day Afrivista Wine Tours from Stellenbosch

Full Day Afrivista Wine Tours from Stellenbosch

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Immerse yourself in the wines of the Cape Winelands with this full-day small-group wine tasting tour around Stellenbosch. Enjoy pickup in central Stellenbosch and get driven around to several different farms and wine estates for cellar tours and wine tastings. Learn about wine making, culture, and history, and savor an included lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD65.27
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Northern Route

Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Northern Route

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Enjoy the convenience of a hop-on hop-off tour while exploring the Stellenbosch wine route with the Vine Hopper's Northern Route. This circuit runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, stopping at six wineries along the way. Choose which wineries to visit and how long to stay. Get on the next Vine Hopper when you're ready to move on. Stops include Simonsig, Beyerskloof, Bergkelder, Delheim Warwick and Marianne Wine Estate.
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  • 8 hours
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Walking Tour of Stellenbosch

Walking Tour of Stellenbosch

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Stroll through Stellenbosch with a purpose on this guided walking tour. Learn about the Cape Dutch architecture and hear about the town's history and culture through your guide's in-depth commentary. You'll learn much more than you would exploring on your own and ensure that you don't miss any of the town's highlights on this curated tour of highlights such as Mill Stream, the Eerste River, and Dorp Street.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Bike Tour of Stellenbosch

Guided Bike Tour of Stellenbosch

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Roll through the picturesque Western Cape Winelands on this 4 to 5-hour bike tour of Stellenbosch with wine tastings. Cycle through the historic center of Stellenbosch and Stellenbosch University's campus. Stop at two estates for cellar tours and wine tastings. Enjoy fresh air and the great outdoors.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Stellenbosch Winelands Luxury Ebike Tour ©

Stellenbosch Winelands Luxury Ebike Tour ©

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Explore the bounty of the Cape Winelands on this full-day small-group guided cycling tour around Stellenbosch, including food and wine tastings. Pedal your way on a 9-mile (15-km) route through one of South Africa's most prominent wine-growing regions. Stop along the way for wine tastings with food.
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  • 6 hours
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Daily Different small group WINE tour - STELLENBOSCH PICKUP only

Daily Different small group WINE tour - STELLENBOSCH PICKUP only

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this wine region tour from Stellenbosch. Spend the whole day in the rolling vineyards, visiting various wineries off the beaten path. Traveling on this small-group tour, limited to eight travelers, means you discover boutique wineries you might not find on your own; the itinerary is created according to the group's wine tastes.
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day Chocolate, Cheese, Olive and Wine Tour from Stellenbosch

Full-Day Chocolate, Cheese, Olive and Wine Tour from Stellenbosch

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Combine several tastings of local South African products—cheese, wine, and olives—in a single tour from Stellenbosch. With round-trip transportation around the Cape Winelands, you won't need to worry about who's going to be the sober driver. Make multiple stops throughout the region at some of the most well-regarded wine estates, enjoying tasting notes and different chocolate, cheese, wine, and olive combination tastings.
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  • 8 hours
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1,5 Hour Nature Quad Bike Trail

1,5 Hour Nature Quad Bike Trail

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Nestled within in South Africa's Western Cape Province, Stellenbosch is surrounded by the Cape Winelands vineyards and the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg nature reserves—but the rugged landscapes can make exploring a challenge. Carefully designed for less experienced riders, this quad bike tour takes you deep into the countryside wilderness, where plump grapes flourish in the fertile soils. Tackle the terrain by powerful quad bike, with all safety equipment included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Jonkershoek Valley and Stellenbosch Ebike tour

Jonkershoek Valley and Stellenbosch Ebike tour

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Get more out of your time in Stellenbosch by taking some time out to explore the magnificent scenery nearby—including Jonkershoek Valley. Avoid fatigue and go faster with less effort by traveling on an e-bike. Conveniently, e-bike and helmet rental is included as well as admission to the nature reserve. Along the way, follow a guide, access incredible views, and learn about this magnificent wine-making region of the country.
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  • 10 minutes
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