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Stellenbosch on Foot

Stellenbosch

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.

Arrangements

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

Requirements

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

Inclusions

Professional guide
Walking tour

Exclusions

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

Notes

N/A

Customer Reviews

The walking tour is well worth the time (and money)! We learned so much about Stellenbosch and South African culture/history in the course of the very pleasant walk - I highly recommend the tour! Our guide Jon was very friendly and knowledgeable! - Regina Weigand


What a fantastic way to learn about our towns history!! I will recommend this tour to anyone - Susan Sander


Enjoyed it tremendously, the guide took time to answer question. Didn't hurry us, good walking pace, considerate to make sure we were in the shade. Would recommend the tour! - Norbert Striepe


We had an excellent walking tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We look forward to doing another walk in future and we are recommending the experience to others. Many thanks once again for a terrific experience. Edward and Marie - Edward Cohen


Juliana did a fantastic job guiding us through Stellenbosch, providing many insights from a cultural, historical, social, political and economic perspective. The entire group had a lot of fun and lauged a lot. I can definitely recommend it! - Andreas Obrist



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