Experience Family Fun Along the Stellenbosch Wine Route
June 3, 2019
by Cindi Ongers
Stellenbosch is a mere thirty minutes by car from Cape Town’s CBD. The postcard-pretty university town is also home to South Africa’s most celebrated wine route. What the locals know, and what the tourists are perhaps less privy to, is the fact that Stellenbosch and its wine route is super family friendly. Award-winning wines, gourmet picnics, sight-seeing and once in a lifetime activity options give parents plenty of adult time while the kids have a blast.
Meander along Dorp Street and Visit Campus
Explore the old high street known as Dorp Street on foot, walking under thick oak trees and admiring the Cape Dutch buildings. There are oodles of street cafes and speciality shops to browse. You can also visit the Stellenbosch University campus which has the largest underground library in the world which is open to visitors.
Tea and cake at the Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa and is a delight for families, especially the quaint restaurant Die Katjiepiering which translates to The Kitten’s Saucer.
Location: Neethling St & Van Riebeeck Street, Stellenbosch Central.
Contact: +27 21 808 3054
Go back 200 years at the Village Museum
The Village Museum is a fascinating step back in time, it features four authentically historical houses of the earliest settlers to the Cape, dating as far back as 200 years ago. The guides, who are dressed in the attire of the time, are delightful and informative. Take as long as you like viewing the homes and exploring the garden.
Details: 18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 887 2948
Toy and Miniature Museum
Expects a cuteness overload when viewing antique dolls, vintage toy cars and other toys from bygone eras.
Location: Market Street, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 882 8861
Villiera wine Estate is also a sanctuary to various wildlife: kudu, springbok, antelope, giraffe, zebra, black wildebeest (and more). Spend two hours watching these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Wine tastings and cellar tours are also available.
Location: Villiera Wines, Corner of R304 & R101 Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 865 2002, [email protected]
Spier Wine Estate makes for a perfect Winelands long stay in the hotel or day outing for visitors. Wine tasting, playgrounds for the kids, deli picnics and real-life encounters with various birds of prey and other wild creatures. It’s also a great place to buy some African art and other holiday souvenirs.
Location: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 809 1100
Sun hats and sunscreen required! In the summer months, there’s strawberry picking to be had in the Stellenbosch valley. Weigh and pay.
Location: Stellenbosch Arterial Rd, Kuils River.
Contact: +27 21 881 3303
Warwick wine estate, with its lush lawns and enchanting play areas for the little ones, is the perfect family lunch outing. While the parents relax under umbrellas on plump cushions sipping vino, the children have free reign. Picnic baskets must be pre-ordered.
Location: R44, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 884 4410
Brunch at Tokara
The deli at Tokara sits high up on the Helshoogte pass. There’s much to love about their fresh artisan bakery offerings for breakfast and brunch. The wine estate also has an award-winning olive grove. Kids love it because of the unique outdoor play area and weavers next they can climb into.
Location: Helshoogte Rd, Arbeidslus, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 808 5900
Full Moon Hike
See Cape Town as you’ve never seen it before. Hike through the vineyards of the wine and activity farm, reaching the peak just in time to watch the breathtaking sunset, then turn to see the full moon rise. Bring your own picnic.
Location: Cnr of R44 and, Muldersvlei Rd, Stellenbosch.
Details: +27 21 884 4352
Say ‘Howzit!’ to a Lion
Local lingo pro-tip: South Africans say ‘Howzit!’ as a greeting similar to ‘How are you?’. Vredenheim Wine Estate offers wine tasting and big cat viewing combos. If you’ve ever wanted to see a lion, cheetah or leopard in real life, then Vredenheim should definitely be on the holiday itinerary.
Location: R310, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 881 3878
Pizza and Wine Pairing
If there was ever marriage in food and wine heaven, then this would be it. Brenaissance offers just this as well as a stunning play area for the little ones. Reservations are advised.
Location: Devon Valley Rd, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 200 2537
For the Love of Horses
Barely outside of Stellenbosch, you’ll discover Avontuur Wine Estate. It is home to some of the world’s leading racehorses and finest red wines. Enjoy lunch on the restaurant verandah or a wine tasting experience. Guided farm walks are also on offer.
Location: R44, Firgrove Rural, Somerset West.
Contact: +27 21 855 4296
Watch the Duck Parade
Nothing will put a smile on your face like watching hundreds of runner ducks waddle along the vineyards picking off snails at the gorgeous Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate. Daily times: 10H30, 12H30 & 15H30 (Mon-Sun)
Location: Baden Powell Dr, Faure, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 843 3248
The Dylan Lewis sculpture garden feels magical and profound and is the perfect place to soak up some outdoor culture. Admire the 60 pieces of art while your senses are tickled by scents and sounds of nature.
Location: Paradyskloof Rd, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 880 0054
A fun outing with lots to learn for all ages is to be had at the Giraffe House, there are also creepy crawly exhibitions on weekends.
Location: Cnr R304 and R101 Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 884 4506
A Russian Tea Ceremony
You’ll find Hazendal on the Bottelary Road on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. The farm has Russian roots, so expect an authentic Russian tea ceremony right alongside some classic Cape delicacies. The estate prides itself on being family friendly, so the amazing Wonderdal – science lab meets ecology centre, provides youngsters up to the age of 13 with hours of entertainment and learning. Besides the good food and wine, there’s also a mountain bike trail and a Russian art gallery on site.
Location: Bottelary Rd, Stellenbosch.
Contact: +27 21 903 5034