Cultural Tour of Stellenbosch
The town of Stellenbosch lies in the green and fertile
valley of the Eerste ("first") River, only 41 km from Cape Town and in
the heart of the South African winelands. It is the second oldest town
in South Africa after Cape Town and was founded by Governor Simon van
der Stel in 1679, who named it after him.
One cannot help but stand in awe of the magnificent
countryside surrounding the town of Stellenbosch. Nestled in one of the
world's most beautiful valleys, it is overlooked by the forested heights
of Papegaaiberg (Parrot Mountain).
The town itself is just as charming as its setting with
furrows and oak trees, some dating from the 19th century, lining the
streets. Thick-walled, lime washed buildings with thatched roofs and
timberwork of stinkwood and yellowwood, dating from the same era, have
been wonderfully preserved. One can see it at its best, perhaps, along
Dorp Street, which has the longest row of historic buildings in the
country and around Die Braak, the village green once used for military
parades and festivals.The Village Museum in Reyneveld Street is a collection
of these historic houses dating from a number of eras, meticulously
restored and furnished in period style, the gardens planted with the
flowers, shrubs and trees that would have graced the original homes.
the famous shop of Uncle Samie
This famous Stellenbosch institution is a shop set back in
time, where a huge variety of interesting products can be purchased from
shelves crammed with sweets, dried fish, wine, clothing and tobacco. It
is well worth a look, if not to buy anything, then to experience how
locals traded 200 years ago.
Experience it all on foot with our experienced guide, as he
will tell you all about the secrets of this beautiful historic town,
while strolling along the historic streets of Stellenbosch.