Wine and Chocolate at Waterford Estate

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Waterford EstateCelebrating our third and final year in Eendrag Mens’ Residence, three friends went to Waterford Estate on a Friday afternoon after another taxing week of studies and to reminisce about our time in Eendrag.

Price: R35
Length: 1 hour
Distance: 10km
Availability: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Group size: Unlimited
More information: www.waterfordestate.co.za

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Food, wine and music

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If you are looking for a cosy but vibrant place to enjoy a good meal as well as some excellent music, the Oude Bakkerij is just what you are looking for. It is perfect for both a relaxed breakfast- or lunch outing (morning and afternoon hours) as well as a more lively, entertaining evening outing. The restaurant is situated just off Church street in the heart of Stellenbosch. Pizza-and-music evenings are held every Wednesday and Saturday, from 18:00 till late. During the week, it is also a bakery, deli and restaurant. Fresh breads and pastries are made daily. These can be purchased during all normal restaurant hours, excluding evenings.

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Matroosberg Snow

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Experience snow like nowhere else.  It’s a fun winter holiday outing or weekend getaway. If the weather is right you can drive right into the snow and have a snowball fight, make snow angels or even ski a little.

Price: R50 p.p for permits
Length:
6+ Hours
Distance: 130km
Availability: Whenever there’s snow
Group size: 2 – 6
More information: Matroosberg Reserve

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Sasol Art Gallery

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The Sasol Art Gallery in Ryneveld Street has various rooms and halls filled with paintings, special artifacts and just about anything with historic value. If you are remotely interested in the history and heritage of this town, which is particularly rich in culture, a visit to the Gallery is nonnegotiable. There are regular exhibitions (from senior as well as acclaimed artists) on the upper floors of this magnificent building.

Price: Free
Length: 1 hour at least
Distance: In Stellenbosch

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Skydiving Cape Town

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The plane ride to altitude 9000ft above the ground is breathtaking. You will be able to see Table Mountain, Robben Island and the coastline the way the birds see it.  Life after that will not be the same again. You will feel exhilarated and alive for days to come.

Price: R1700 p.p
Length: 2 Hours
Distance: 77km
Availability: Everyday (Weather dependant)
Group size: 1 – 4
Booking: Extreme Scene

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Winetasting along the Helshoogte Road

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Zorgvliet Seven members of the editorial team of Die Matie went on ‘n wine-tasting tour for ‘n year-end function. We visited three well-known wine farms on the Helshoogte Road one Sunday.

Price: R100 p.p.
Length: 3 hours
Distance: 10km
Availability: Every day until 4 p.m.
Group size: 2 – 20
More information: http://www.uncoverthecape.co.za/wine-farms/stellenbosch/

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Gideon’s The Famous Franschhoek Pancake House

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TPancakeHousehe Famous Franschhoek Pancake House or commonly know as Gideon pannekoek by the locals undoubtedly makes some of the world’s best pancakes. As if that isn’t enough Gideon is ever present and spends time with each customer to make them feel special.

Price: R50 – R100 p.p for meal and drink
Length: 30 minutes
Distance: 30km
Availability: Every day
Group size: 2 – 10
More information: Tripadvisor.com

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Beaverlac Camping

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The rustic and tranquil campsite surrounded by wild mountains offers meditative peace and quiet and is a balm for the soul. A spectacular mountain pool with waterfall is within a 5 minute walk. For those who don’t want to camp, there are a few cottages available.

Price: R15 per car + R45 p.p.p.n
Length: 1 night camping (no day visitors)
Distance: 145km
Availability: All year round
Group size: 2 – 150 (the camp site is huge)
More information: www.beaverlac.co.za, Tel: 022 931 2945

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Cycle to Ceres (and Beyond)

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There is no better way to get rid of frustration than pedaling up some passes in the Boland. Turn a ordinary weekend into an unforgettable adventure. Read about my experience that took me through Wellington, Tulbach, Ceres, Prince Alfred Hamlet and the Bain’s Kloof Pass.

Price: Food only
Length: 3 days
Distance cycled: 300km
More photos: ‘n Fotoblik

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Botterboom Hiking Trail

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Perfect easy weekend hike in the Hex River Valley for those who don’t want to suffer too much, but still want to get the feeling of conquering mountains. Great views, diverse indigenous plants, good accomodation and the option having having your luggage transported.

Price: R90 per person per day
Length: 3 days (2 halve days and one full day)
Distance from Stellenbosch: 110km
Availability: Veldskoen Padstal: 08:00 – 17:00 every day
Group size: 2 – 12
More information: Laetitia: 083 292 0348

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