Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful and heritage- conscious towns in Southern Africa . Entering the town via historic Dorp Street is like stepping into the pages of a history book.
The town’s academic history stretches back to the mid- nineteenth century. The university has not only produced hundreds of political leaders and achievers in the academic and business fields, but also rugby Springboks, including the legendary Dr Danie Craven as well as numerous national hockey players.
Stellenbosch is the centre of the country’s wine industry and a prime tourist and conference destination. Various festivals are held throughout the year from music, wine and art to international sporting events.
For the inhabitants there is still a small town aura with a leisurely lifestyle in an atmosphere where art, music, theatre and sport reign.
Stellenbosch is only half-an-hour’s drive from the Mother City of Cape Town, and within 15 minutes to the nearest beautiful white beaches.
The climate is Mediterranean with dry sunny summers and a winter rainfall interspersed with a good proportion of beautiful sunny days. Summer is from October to March with temperatures averaging 22°c to 34°c (60°f to 94°f) and the months of April and September are also generally warm and sunny.
Stellenbosch was founded in 1679. However it is not simply a town of dignified historic buildings and tree-lined avenues. It is also a modern town, a bustling center for commerce, agriculture and education with the campus as an integral part. The town has moved with the times whilst maintaining its rural character and preserving its historic heritage. For visitors, Stellenbosch offers excellent opportunities. It is twelve miles from beautiful beachesand 34 miles from Cape Town . The active nature-lover can enjoy the hiking trails in the surrounding mountain ranges or even a walk in the nature reserve in the town. Stellenbosch also offers a wide variety of cultural activities in which the University’s departments of Music, Drama and Creative Arts play an important role. Additionally, the Stellenbosch wine region, the “ Napa Valley ” of South Africa , is one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere, and certainly regarded as the most beautiful.