7 adventurous things to do in Stellenbosch

7 adventurous things to do in Stellenbosch

There’s more to Stellenbosch than fancy restaurants and sidewalk cafés…

Our favourite winelands town is famous for its excellent restaurants, contemporary-art galleries, upmarket boutiques, wonderful markets and, of course, world-class wine farms. But, did you know this charming university town is also a nature-lover’s paradise? Its picturesque topography – mountains, valleys, vineyards, forests and streams – means that you can run, hike, mountain-bike, and hang-glide in the most magnificent surrounds – and you’ll still have time to squeeze in some vino-drinking afterwards. Here are some suggestions to get your pulses racing:

1. Segway around a farm

stellenbosch segways
Spier is one of those all-encompassing winelands destinations where you can sit outside and eat gourmet grub, browse the craft market, picnic by the dam, or do a segway tour through the vineyards. Stand upright on one of these two-wheeled transporters and do a lap around the estate, with the stunning Helderberg Mountains in the background.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost Entrance is free
Segway tour R275
Segway tour and wine-tasting R450
Sunset Segway tour R600
Contact 021 809 1100, info@spier.co.za
Location Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

2. A trail through the vineyards

Stellenbosch vineyards
Walk through the vineyards on this two-and-a-half hour trail that boasts panoramic views of the vast winelands and Cape Town.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R40
Contact 021 884 4752, info@dirtopia.co.za
Location Delvera Farm

3. A walk in the nature reserve

Stellenbosch walks
In summer, there’s nothing better than sitting under a waterfall to cool down after a long, rewarding hike. In winter, sitting under icy water? Um, not so much… But, we can still recommend the hike there, which passes through the beautiful Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, which is particularly lush and pretty in winter.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 4pm
Cost R40 (adults), R20 (children)
Contact 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

4. Ride around town

stellenbosch cycling tours
This scenic bike tour combines beautiful landscapes with the historic Cape Dutch architecture that Stellies is famous for – riders also get to cycle through the university campus. The wine-tasting and chocolate-pairing sessions in the middle of the ride make for a lovely interlude.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Cost R620
Contact 021-882 8112, info@adventureshop.co.za
Location Blackhorse Centre, Stellenbosch

5. Go horseback riding

stellenbosch horseback riding
Organised by the Equine Sports Centre, these fun and casual journeys through the winelands range from half an hour to two hours.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 4.30pm
Cost Thirty minute trail R180
One hour trail R280
Two hour trail R650
Contact 071 597 2546, info@equinesportscentre.co.za
Location Wild Clover Farm, Stellenbosch

6. Do a game drive

stellenbosch game drive
Villiera Wines is home to a wildlife sanctuary for birds and various game. On their two-hour game drives, you’re sure to see wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, bontebok, springbok, kudu and more.
Opening times Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8.30 – 3pm  
Cost R200
Contact 021 865 2002, wine@villiera.com
Location Villiera Wines, Stellenbosch

7. Check out some wild cats

stellenbosch wild cats
A wine farm and wildlife sanctuary all in one means Vredenheim is a great option for a family day out. Warm up with a wine-tasting and then head to the Big Cats Park for a sighting of lion, cheetah, leopard and tigers.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 4pm
Cost R90 (adults), R40 (children)
Contact 021 881 3637, wine@vredenheim.co.za
Location Vredenheim, Stellenbosch

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 28 June 2016

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