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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience
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Head To Stellenbosch For A Downton Abbey Experience

Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Vil...
The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city's secret season. It's the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you...
Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine
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Top Things To Do In The Winelands That Aren’t About Wine

The traditional Cape Winelands – Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Somerset West – are within a stone's throw of Cape Town. These earliest colonial settlements each come with their own wine route, making it easy to travel from one farm to the next sampling win...
The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa
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The Most Beautiful Historic Towns In South Africa

South Africa's history is not all that old. The buildings don't date back hundreds and hundreds of years, as they do in Europe, but (and it's a BIG but) South Africa has its own unique architectural styles, much of it evident in little towns across the country...
8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the...
30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands
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30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting. You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit. For this ...
Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables...
An Afternoon of Bubbly Tasting in Stellenbosch
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An Afternoon of Bubbly Tasting in Stellenbosch

Whilst I am not a lover of wine, I really enjoy sweet bubbly, so JC Le Roux in Stellenbosch was not a bad spot to head to on a Friday afternoon.  The rain which threatened stayed away and we made our way past cold, green farmlands, orchards and tree-lined stre...
Falling for Stellenbosch
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Falling for Stellenbosch

While in university, I always envisioned the town of Stellenbosch as a student city where university undergrads partied until the early hours of Thursday morning and stumbled out of the residents for the last lectures of the week. While that part may be true, ...
The Giraffe House
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The Giraffe House

Situated on the roads that split to Stellenbosch and Paarl in the Western Cape, the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre promises a fun day out for young and old alike. This centre is not only home to its name’s sake, the giraffe, but also to a huge diversi...
Hillcrest Berry Farm – Indulging In Berries And The View
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Hillcrest Berry Farm – Indulging In Berries And The View

Just about everyone in Cape Town has heard of Hillcrest berries – you can buy the brand in the frozen food section of Pick n Pay, and they probably supply Woolworths and Melissa's too. You'll find Hillcrest Berry Farm on the crest of the hill of Helshoogte Roa...
Experience the majesty of birds of prey at Eagle Encounters
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Experience the majesty of birds of prey at Eagle Encounters

Experience the majesty of birds of prey at Eagle Encounters. It is humbling to walk amongst these wild animals, not cooped up in cages but allowed relative freedom, and bear witness to their stunning physical characteristics while learning fascinating facts ab...
10 Superb Things to Do When Next in Stellenbosch
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10 Superb Things to Do When Next in Stellenbosch

You may or may not know that Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is fondly referred to as 'Eikestad' or city of oaks. While visiting this town your eyes will be drawn to the gorgeous examples of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian archite...
Mooiberge Farmstall – seeing is believing
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Mooiberge Farmstall – seeing is believing

'Oh, my gawd!' I exclaim, as the full impact of the tableau across the road of the intersection with the R44 hits me. 'We have to, have to stop off a minute and get a good look at that.' We're just turning onto the R44 that links Somerset West to Stellenbos...
I Love Stellenbosch Because …
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I Love Stellenbosch Because …

Hi, I’m Joerg from Stellenbosch. We are just 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and right in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch IS BEST KNOWN FOR its friendly people, young student vibe, classic university buildings and Cape Dutch ar...