Fondly referred to as the “City of Oaks” the town of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape province of South Africa, is the second oldest European settlement after the city of Cape Town. The town is also situated close to the Jonkershoek Mountain range and nature reserve which means that visitors on a Stellenbosch holiday can look forward to many busy days until it is time to return home!
Due to its location, visitors on a Stellenbosch holiday can spend many hours of the day indulging in a variety of activities both in and around the town. Examples of the type of activities that are available for visitors to try out are golf, swimming, tennis, roller-blading, windsurfing, diving, mountain biking, horse riding and mountaineering. Stellenbosch also has some wonderful art galleries and museums.
One of the most popular locations for day trips for travellers on a Stellenbosch holiday is a day spent at the coastal town of Hermanus. This town is approximately 60 miles away from Stellenbosch but the journey is well worth it for what lies at the other end. Not only is Hermanus a naturally beautiful place to behold, it is also the centre for whale-watching in the Western Cape region. The whales can be seen really clearly from land at this point and Hermanus is the only place in the world to have its own dedicated “Whale Crier” who blows a kelp horn to alert people to when whales have been spotted off of the shoreline!
By booking a Stellenbosch holiday rental house, you are guaranteed to be privy to some amazing weather, no matter what time of the year you decide to go. Most travellers head for the town during the summer months, between November and March, as it is usually very hot (as much as 26 degrees Celsius during the daytime). If you do not enjoy the heat, then it is best to book a Stellenbosch holiday for the cooler months of June, July and August when the temperature falls to around 18 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall amount for the town is 15 inches with June tending to be the wettest month.
If you decide that a Stellenbosch holiday will be right up your street then you can fly easily from the UK to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) which is just over half an hour’s journey from the town. Air operators that offer travellers cheap, frequent flights to Cape Town include KLM, Emirates, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways. Passengers can leave the UK from various large airports such as Edinburgh (EDI), Manchester (MAN), Heathrow (LHR), Cardiff (CWL) and Newcastle (NCL).