Cultural Tour Of Stellenbosch

Cultural Tour Of Stellenbosch from Cape Town Sea More-Express Tours & Guest House

By: Cape Town Sea More-Express Tours & Guest House  06-13-2010
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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.

Visit 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.

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