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La Cotte Inn Wine and Cheese

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La Cotte Inn is Franschhoek’s favourite wine and cheese shop, with perhaps the finest selection of South African and imported wines in the country. Apart from stocking a wide range of wines from outside the Franschhoek WIne Valley, they represent 35 Franschhoek wineries. This means that their prices are the same as what you’d pay on the wine estates.

Price: Free
Length: 10 minutes
Distance: 30km
Availability: Every day from 08:00 to 17:00
Group size: 1 – 10

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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
More information:

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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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Bothmaskop Sleepover

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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.

Price: Free
Length: One afternoon and the next morning (approx. 16:00 – 11:00)
Distance: 3km
Availability: Year round (weather dependent; definitely not recommended in winter)
Group size: 2-5

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Lion’s Head full moon hike

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The Mother City is quite beautiful by night, especially over a picnic on Lion’s Head under the full moon.  This is one experience you won’t regret. It is an easy hike to the top and the 360 degree views are spectacular!

Price: Free
Length: 3 hours (hiking and picnic time)
Distance: 55km
Availability: Every full moon
Group size: 2 – 10
More information: Full moon dates

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JS Marais park picnic

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This is one of Stellenbosch’s hidden gems. We see the intimidating high fences, but don’t realise the haven of silence away from the everyday rush. Come here for a mid-week picnic that will sooth your senses and refresh your soul.

Price: Free
Length: 30 minutes
Distance: 1 km
Availability: Always
Group size: 2 – 20

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