Outdoor activities in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Wine Routes are first and foremost about wine, but if you’re looking for other, non wine-related activities to do in between visiting estates, or to keep the little ones entertained, you’ll find plenty in the region.

As far as what there is to do with the kids during a wine tasting, many of the estates do cater for children – there are play areas, jungle gyms, pony rides and the like (Spier even offers a children’s grape-juice tasting with an educational activity sheet so that those not drinking wine can still join in).

However, Stellenbosch is not short of other non-wine-related activities if you really want to mix it up and make the most of your time here.

The beautiful mountain ranges that surround the town make for ideal hiking trails, and there are options to suit casual walkers to serious climbers. You can also swap foot power for pedal power and try a mountain-biking trail; or, for a more relaxed option, there are cycling tours through Stellenbosch, and even bicycle-based wine-tasting tours.

Mountain biking in Stellenbosch. Photo courtesy of trcanje

Many of the wine estates have stables, and horse riding is another way to explore the area. If you’re after a little bit more horsepower, though, quad-biking adventures can also be arranged, while Segway tours make for a more laid-back pace.

In the town of Stellenbosch there are museums, galleries, restaurants and boutiques to be explored, and the university often hosts a variety of public events, including world-class musical recitals at the Conservatory.

The green, wide open spaces of the region are ideal for golf fans, and De Zalze, Stellenbosch, Erinvale, Devonvale and Pearl Valley golf courses are all nearby.

If it’s R&R you’re after, there are also top-quality health spas in the region, both on surrounding wine estates and in the town of Stellenbosch.

Contact Stellenbosch Wine Routes before your visit and we can advise on the best places to go to during your holiday, and help you plan the perfect vacation.

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