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Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, was founded by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel in 1679 and named after him – “the bush of Van Der Stel”.

Of all the towns founded in the Cape during the Duch East India Company’s period of control, Stellenbosch is the best preserved.

Unfortunately a fire devastated the town in 1710 – the first of three fires which were to destroy numerous thatched homes in the town. The town was quickly rebuilt and several still dated from that period.
The most beautiful Stellenbosch homes, however were built in the period between 1775 and 1830.

The ‘town of oaks’, as Stellenbosch is proudly known, is a haven for tourists who have time to savour the atmosphere of this unique and fascinating town while strolling along streets lined with oaks trees and water furrows. Stellenbosch is a historical university town, rich in Cape Dutch architecture, set in idyllic surroundings in the heart of the winelands along the Eerste river which flows out of the mountains surrounding the fertile Jonkershoek Valley.

Stellbosch places of Historical Interest:

In Dorp Street, lined with houses, cottages and shops, one finds one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any town in southern Africa. Many of these buildings, as in the case in other parts of the town, are now run as shops, restaurants and even an inn.

The Burgerhuis on the Braak, the historic village green of Stellenbosch, is furnished to recreate the atmosphere of elegant living as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Built as a private dwelling in 1797, the Burgerhuis is a good example of Cape Dutch architecture.

Oude Meester Brandy Museum is in Old Strand Road and has valuable exhibits telling the story of brandy in South Africa since 1672

Van Rhyn Brady Cellar is located on the outskirts of the town and shows the visitor the modern process of distilling of brandy.

The Stellenryk Wijn Museum in Dorp Street depicts the history of wine from two thousand years ago and houses a priceless V.O.C collection of drinking glasses.

Present day Stellenbosch contains many charming restaurants, bistros, antique and curio shops dotted in among the small back streets.

A charming revival of shopping in a bygone era is ‘Oom Samie se Winkel’ which is located in lower Dorp Street. A paradise for browsers.

The area boasts a mild climate through out the year and is a prime destination for both national and international tourists.

The Stellenbosch District is home to over 106 wineries which have accumulated over 70% of all awards received by South African wines.

Many Wineries have vineyard tours and facilities for tasting, an exciting event for the expert and beginner alike.

 

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