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Stellenbosch lies in a fertile valley alongside the Eerste river, and is South Africa's best preserved and oldest town ( Cape Town being a city), established in 1679. The town is named after the Dutch East India Company governor Simon van der Stel, who recognised its suitability for wine production. He began planting oak trees and his legacy is a town affectionately known as Eikestad (The town of oaks) with over half of South Africa’s wines produced here.
Like any university town, Stellenbosch has an academic atmosphere and the beautiful buildings housing research centres and faculties is testament to this. Being in a valley, the weather in Stellenbosch is temperate; warm in summer and moderate in winter.
Things to do
Stellenbosch offerings are practically endless:
If you enjoy architecture, the town and surrounding wines farms are filled with centuries-old houses built in the unique Cape Dutch style. Dorp Street is bursting with national monuments.
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For those who love golf, nature and all round service, Golf Lodges are perfect for you. Run like a hotel with all kinds of facilities and services orientated around golf, choosing a Golf Lodge is usually the cornerstone of your holiday. They often come inclusive with a restaurant and room service. Though not only limited to the dads and golfers alike, there are a range of services and activities to keep everyone occupied. These can range from spa facilities, pools and day trips to nearby locations.