The Great Outdoors and Adventure in Stellenbosch

Hiking in Stellenbosch. Image credit Andrew Brauteseth
Hiking in Stellenbosch. Image credit Andrew Brauteseth

Stellenbosch and surrounds offer a myriad of outdoor and adrenalin filled adventures that visitors and locals will enjoy. From May to August we expect average daytime temperatures of 14°C to 20°C and many sunny days in between cloudy skies.

From running, hiking, cycling and mountain biking to the more extreme mountaineering, hang-gliding and abseiling; Stellenbosch outdoor adventures are set amidst spectacular backdrops of mountains, hills, valleys, vineyards, forests and streams. Try your hand at paintballing, canoeing, 4x4ing or horse-riding, or join an adventure camp for a few days.

Here are just a few ideas to get your heart racing in Stellenbosch:

Walk the town. Explore on foot, soak up the beauty and atmosphere of the town and meet the locals. Set off on your own after collecting a ‘Stellenbosch on Foot’ brochure from the Stellenbosch 360 office in 36 Market Street.

Walk the vineyards. The Delvera Vineyard Trail takes about 2.5 hours to complete and comes to an end at Klapmutskop, which offers panoramic views of the winelands and Cape Town. SylvanVale Wine Estate boasts the Mountain Route,Vintners’ Route and Devon Valley Route, all starting at the Devon Valley Hotel.

Hike Jonker’s Hoek. At this time of year Jonker’s Hoek Nature Reserve boasts impressively green hiking trails, jaw-dropping waterfalls and flowing streams. Mountain bikers, cyclists and swimmers also have an array of activities to choose from.

Join a Dirtopia full moon hike or make use of their Delvera mountain bike trails, ranging from beginners’ to experienced tracks. Bring your own bike or rent one.
Book an adventure tour with Adventureshop – from vinehopping to guided bike tours and 4×4 experiences, Adventureshop is your one-stop-shop for one day tours in Stellenbosch.

Embark on a journey by horseback. Book a fun and casual trail ride through the winelands, Monday to Sunday, with the Equine Sports Centre.

Go on a game drive at Villiera Wine Farm. Villiera is home to a wildlife sanctuary for birds and game, offering a two-hour game drive to see the likes of Wildebeest, Eland, Gemsbok, Bontebok, Springbok, Kudu and more.

Family friendly adventure abounds at Pete’s Adventure Farm on the R304. Pete’s offers quad biking, game drives, trail horse riding and archery.

Another for parents and kids alike is Vredenheim. The Big Cat Park is open daily, Monday to Sunday, and is home to lion, cheetah, leopard and tiger. Feeding times are at 11am and 3pm. Vredenheim also offers daily wine tastings of up to five Vredenheim wines.

A multi-purpose destination all on its own, Spier Estate is home to a fine mix of activities suitable for the whole family. A permanent craft market can be found under the Coral trees whilst wine tastings and scrumptious picnics can be had on the banks of the dam. Go for a massage at the Camelot Spa at Spier while the kids have fascinating encounters with birds of prey at Eagle Encounters, and have a bash at segwaying through Spier’s vineyards.

CEO of Stellenbosch 360, Annemarie Ferns, comments; “There is an outdoor activity to suit everyone in Stellenbosch, from mild contour walks and kid-friendly adventures to adrenalin pumping activities for the more daring traveller. These activities can of course be undertaken any time of year, so if you missed out during the summer months catch up this winter.”

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