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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Clos Malverne brings on summer with refreshing Ice Cream & Wine Tasting

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With the mercury rising, Clos Malverne, nestled in the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, turns its pairing thoughts to that favourite summer staple, homemade ice cream, paired with wines as a refreshing summer tasting offer from October till the end of February 2012.

For just R45, you can stay cool with sips and scoops of four delicious ice cream and wine pairing sensations in the tasting lounge for sheer indulgence on spectacular summer days in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands.

Price: R45 – for 4 delicious ice cream and wine pairing sensations
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Jog along the Eersteriver

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For those who enjoy the outdoors, or those who like staying fit, Stellenbosch has ample possibilities for jogging routes. The serenity of the Eersteriver, with its semi-secluded lanes of oak trees, offer a hard-to-beat location for some exercise after a tiring day of work.

Price: Free
Length: 1 hour
Distance: In Stellenbosch
Availability: Whenever the sun is shining
Group size: unlimited
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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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Horseback wine tasting

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This must be the best way to see the countryside and take in wine tasting at a couple of wineries. Ride for 3 hours and 12 kilometers on a trail consisting of scrub, fields of vines and pine forest with an experienced guide.  There are 2 stops at local wineries where the horses are fed and watered and the riders can taste the wines.
Price: R550 p.p
Length: 5 Hours
Distance: 33km
Availability: Everyday (Weather Dependant)
Group size: 2 – 6
Booking: Paradise Stables: 021 876 2160

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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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