A spur of the moment decision to do some hiking led myself and a friend to the top of Bothmaskop early one Saturday morning. There we enjoyed a frugal breakfast consisting of peach flavoured sparkling wine, Salty Cracks and Sweet Chilli Cream Cheese. After admiring the view, we returned home with the entire afternoon left intact.
Activities in Stellenbosch
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.
Length: 1 hour
Distance: In Stellenbosch
Availability: Whenever the sun is shining
Group size: unlimited
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.
Length: 1 hour at least
Distance: In Stellenbosch
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.
Of the Stellenbosch Mountains, Bothmaskop is perhaps the easiest to conquer. Nonetheless, it offers amazing views over the Stellenbosch area and conveniently includes a small, natural shelter on the summit, making it ideal for adventurous sleep-overs.
Length: One afternoon and the next morning (approx. 16:00 – 11:00)
Availability: Year round (weather dependent; definitely not recommended in winter)
Group size: 2-5
The Birdcage is a relatively new gift shop and tea bar conveniently situated near Moederkerk. The shop is filled with home decorations and confectionaries. Should you choose to sit down there are several tables inside, as well as a beautifully secluded courtyard at the back. With weekly specials on light meals, a tastefully ornate interior as well as efficient and friendly service, the Birdcage is definitely worth a visit.
Price: R35 p.p.
Length: 1 hour or more, depending on your company