Stellenbosch (founded in 1679) is about 50km east of Cape Town and is the second oldest town in South Africa. It was named (like Simon's Town) after the Governer Simon van der Stel. The city is situated at the banks of the Eerste River ('First River'). It's home to one of the country's most established universities with over 25.000 students and offers some fine examples of Cape-Dutch architecture. Wines from Stellenbosch are known everywhere in the world and rank among the best.
A bus service runs from hostels in Cape Town to Stellenbosch for about R120/pp. The main bus companies also go to Stellenbosch.
There is a train service to Stellenbosch from Cape Town. For safety reasons, one should not travel first class - this could result in being alone in the first class car. Check the schedule, as trains do not run very often. It is also advisable to travel in groups and avoid busy travel times in the morning and evening on weekdays.
Stellenbosch has its own airfield but the nearest international airport is near Cape Town. Cape Town International airport is about 35 minutes away by car and airport shuttle service is available.
Easy Rider Tours offers daily guided tours of the wine region that depart from the Backpackers' Hostel at 10:30 and return at 17:00. The tours are R300 and include lunch and wine tasting at four wineries.
D'Ouwe Werf Country Inn in central Stellenbosch offers 31 very good rooms and has an excellent restaurant. Contact the hotel on +27 21 887 4608.
Telephone area code: 021. Postal code: 7600.