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Stellenbosch on Foot


Activity Description

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants of three centuries.

Discover where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste River and why it is called the Eerste River. Perhaps you will meet an angel at the “Angel Factory” or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk”.

Three fires destroyed the village. Where did the fire of 1710 start and who started it? The first Christian Church building in South Africa was in Stellenbosch not in Cape Town. Today it is the site of the oldest hotel in South Africa, d’Ouwe Werf and not all the graves have been moved!

Dorp Street, “the wagon way to Cape Town” is the oldest residential street in South Africa today. It is still the wagon way to Cape Town, only the wagons have changed somewhat!

Historical buildings surround three sides of The Braak (village green) During the 1809 and 1811 earth tremor, people rushed out of their houses onto the Braak. The Braak was already proclaimed by Simon van der Stel, the eleventh governor, as an open space for the people and as a military parade ground.

Stellenbosch University has produced many famous South Africans – Prime Ministers and Sportsmen. Rugby and cricket was played on the Braak. Stellenbosch, synonymous with rugby, but the first Stellenbosch Springbok – Nico Theunissen – was a cricketer.

In 1602 the VOC was established by the Here Sewentien. Four hundred years later the “Kruithuis” on the Braak proudly flies the flag of the VOC.

Rhenish Institute, the oldest girl’s boarding school in South Africa celebrated 150 years in 2010. Rhenish was the first school to teach Domestic Science and Needlework.


Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenSeven days a week, all-year round, subject to availability. Closed on Christmas, Good Friday and New Year's Day.
WhereStellenbosch Wine Route Office, 47 Church Street, Stellenbosch
WeatherThe tour is not subject to the weather.
What to WearComfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes for the day.
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsN/A


Minimum Age1 year
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Professional guide
Walking tour


Transportation to/from starting location
Purchases of a personal nature.



Customer Reviews

Beautiful town with rich history. Passionate guide with in-depth knowledge and experience. We had a great time. - Jaime & Justin

Enjoyed the cultural walk about so much. Thanks to our guide who was very informative. Pity that the church wasn't open to the public. I will have to come back to Stellenbosch to see that. - Natalie Damon

Johan did a great job. Very knowledgable and personable. He set the pace very well, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Very informative. - Ian Harris

Fabulous Stellenbosch autumn day. We were the only two on the tour that afternoon so had the opportunity to ask many questions. Johan was font of knowledge and obviously is very proud and fond of his town. The walk is not onerous; all you need is a pair of sneakers. The time flew and we left Johan with a clear sense of history and a desire to find out more - ourselves! Stellenbosch is so accessible on foot. Thoroughly recommended. - Margi Shipley

We arrived a little early for the tour, but we were warmly welcomed and made to feel right at home. The tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable on the history of Stellenbosch and the Cape. She answered all our questions and was very patient with the slightly slower than usual pace on account of one of our group having a previous injury that slowed them down a little. We enjoyed the interaction with the tour guide, with the town, and with the history. Being able to see and touch the history of such a beautiful place was amazing and really stuck with us. I would love to be able to go back and find out more. I would recommend this tour to everyone that goes to Stellenbosch. - MarleneM

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