Stellenbosch, arguably the country's most famous wine routes and the heart of South Africa's wine industry, is a place enriched with great beauty, culture and tradition.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and was given its name by the first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Ste in 1679. Stellenbosch meaning Stel's bush. Despite the town been devastated by fires on more than one occasion, Stellenbosch still hosts a great number of historical buildings making it one of the best preserved towns representing the founding days of the Cape Colony.
In the town centre near Dorp Street, with its oak lined trees, one can experience the the architectural heritage of the Cape Dutch House existing comfortably side by side with the modern student life of the University.
Stellenbosch University, known as Maties, has produced many of the country's sporting hero. The town offers a variety of outdoor activities that one could ask for, ranging from world class sports facilities to popular mountain bike routes. Stellenbosch also host six truly fantastic golf courses.
Stellenbosch has many galleries and museums housing important national and international art collections and the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is the country's oldest music school.
Stellenbosch has a population of 50 000 inhabitants, is home to one of the most famous universities in South Africa and is the centre of the wealthy wine-growing area of the Cape.