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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

DurationOpen Ended
WhenSeven days a week, all-year round, subject to availability. Closed on Christmas, Good Friday and New Year's Day.
WhereStellenbosch Information Centre
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

Excellent tour of Stellenbosch. Nice pace around the town with a guide who provided lots of interesting facts about the history of the town. It also provided a great opportunity to get to know places we wouldn't have normally go to on a walk around the town....found a great restaurant to eat at in the evening. Well worth it John - John Cummings


very interesting experience, Our guide, Mrs. Roussow did an extremly good job. I can recommend this Walk to everyone who is interested in really getting to know the history, the storys, the tales and so much more. Thank you very much for this walk. - Erhard Klein


Excellent tour. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Full of history, architecture and interesting facts that made our stay in Stellenbosch more enjoyable. - Sharon Rogers


A thoroughly enjoyable experience and well worth the money. Our guide was very knowledgable and welcomed questions from my wife and I during the tour. His English was excellent and his attention to detail was exceptional. As visitors to South Africa for the first time, we thought that Stellenbosch was all about wines. The guide soon made us realise that the history of Stellenbosch played such an important told in the development of this beautiful country. Thank you. - Peter & Pam Hayes




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