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Stellenbosch 360


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   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Buntu Homestay
Buntu Homestay offers authentic township accommodation in Kayamandi. They can accommodate up to four guests in two comfo...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Kayamandi Swimming Club
Kayamandi Swimming Club is involved with teaching the local youth competative swimming. The club currently has 1600 stud...

Khulani Cook-Up
Guests are welcome to spend the day at Khulani Cook-Up where they can learn traditional Xhosa cooking. Khulani Cook-Up...

Vusisizwe Community Theatre Project
Vusisizwe Community Theatre Project offers: Traditional music; Face painting; Poetry and praise singing; Interacti...

Clint's Chauffeur Drive Tours
Services: Tours around Idas Valley from 09:00 - 13:00; Visits to the oldest house in the valley; Walks in Idas Vall...

African Experience
For those who want to experience a true African township feeling - this is your one stop shop. Visitors can be taken aro...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Bambelela Traditional Dresses
Zoleka spesializes in sewing, designing and dress making. She makes traditional dresses for members of the community. Th...

Charne's Homemade Fashion Jewellery
Guests are welcome to visit Charné's house and experience jewellery making at a cost of R100.00 per person. Tea/c...

Hands & Feet
Hands & Feet makes and sells a variety of ceramic products. Products include: African pots; Clay signs; Ash tr...

Kayamandi Senior Citizens Club
Kayamandi Senior Citizens Club offers older citizens in the community to produce and sell their artwork and handmade cra...

Louise Januarie - Dressmaking
Louise designs and makes dresses for all occasions including weddings and matric dances. She can also do alterations to...

Loyd's Creations
Items for sale: Beadwork: Loyd makes jewellery using beads. These include rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. S...

Mhluzana Hat Maker & Beadwork
Edward produces crafts from recycled goods. Products for sale: Traditional hats made from plastic; Flowers from rec...

Portia Jewellery Design
Portia makes and sells handmade jewellery. Items include: Earrings; Bracelets; Rings; Necklaces; Belts; and Kni...

Unbelievable Interiors
Products include: Curtains; Roman blinds; Roller blinds; Bedding; Table clothes; Lamp shades; Fabric painting;...

Uncedo Cabinet Makers and Sales
Uncedo Cabinet Makers makes a variety of items: Wooden kitchen chairs from pine wood; Build-in cupboards; Bedside t...

Yeyethu Design
Yeyethu Design makes items uniquely designed from Shweshwe fabric. Items can be made on personal request. Products incl...

M&O Crafters
This group was started in 2000 by Rob Clarke. The group was previously known as St. Mary's Craft Group. In 1999 Magda Wy...

   Food & Drink

Below is a list of restaurants and other food and beverage outlets on this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Roots Take-Aways
At Roots Take-Aways guests can sit and enjoy vetkoek, meats and soft drinks in the company of locals in a typical townsh...

Tatso Ya Dinoko (Taste of Flavours Catering)
Tatso Ya Dinoko (Taste of Flavours Catering) is a catering company that offers all types of cuisine for all functions su...

Toefy's Confectioners
The Toefy family offers Halaal savouries at their home in Idas Valley. Their confectionary include: Pies; Samoosas;...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Ama Africa Experience
Ama Africa Experience offers international volunteering placement services in local community.

Catering - Izona Lawrence
Izona does catering for small business meetings, weddings and parties. She does free deliveries within a 5km radius.

Deelo's Catering
Deelo's Catering can assist with catering for any function including weddings and birthday parties. They cater for break...

Goodman Carpentry
A carpentry business in Kayamandi.

In Die Vlei / Princess Pantry
In Die Vlei / Princess Pantry offers the following: Tea & coffee; Koeksisters; Traditional bread; Homemade jam...

Kuyasa Horizon Empowerment
The Essence of Kuyasa: Kuyasa 's mission is to empower children and youth of previously disadvantaged communities to be...

Kwela Designs
Kwela Designs is a graphic company that services the general public, as well as small, medium and large business and gov...

Musa's Carpentry
A carpentry business in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. Please contact Musa for more information.

Sizamile Pre-Primary School
Sizamile Pre-Primary School currently has 120 pupils. The school has educated many children and many of them are now pro...

Yethu Edu-Care
A local creche that currently looks after 43 children. It was started by Mrs. Zoleka Selela on 10 January 2011. Their m...

.... and Chommiez Educational Theatre
.... and Chommiez Educational Theatre runs educational theatre programs targeting young and old. They help with educatio...

Masixole Music & Arts Program
Masixole Music & Arts Program offers training in music, dance and arts.

 

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Stellenbosch 360 is located in the Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape. The route takes travellers off the usual tourist track, away from the winelands and into the colourful communities nestled in the towering mountains of this picturesque part of South Africa. Stellenbosch 360 links the splendours of the Stellenbosch winelands with the communities existing on the outskirts.

The route allows both domestic and international visitors to select from inspirational and innovative cultural experiences, designed to showcase the abundance of our inherent talent and natural resources. It takes travellers to Kayamandi, which is regarded as the second oldest township in South Africa claiming its first inhabitants as early as 1940 and through Jamestown, one of the first places in the Cape where strawberry farming was conducted on a large scale and where the streets are named after strawberry cultivars.

The village of Raithby overlooks the Helderberg Mountains with Table Mountain in the distance and is surrounded by popular wine farms and vineyards, while nearby Klapmuts and Idas Valley all exude their own charm.

Reasons to visit

The Stellenbosch area is surrounded by majestic mountains with stunning scenery, for guided trail walks or just to marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty of the town. The town lies in the folds of the Jonkershoek Valley, with nature reserves, waterfalls, rivers, kloofs and valleys to explore. For nature lovers the area has Cape fynbos which includes 400 species of Protea and Cape ash, plum and yellowwood trees.

The surrounding mountains, hills, valleys, forests and streams of Stellenbosch offer unequalled opportunities for both the outdoor and adventure enthusiast. While staying in one of the local communities try out some mountaineering, hang-gliding, abseiling, aviation, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, paintball, 4x4 trails, horse trails, hiking and adventure camps. Travellers can also organise with a local township mountain bike club and explore the area with them.

Stellenbosch's fine architecture and spectacular scenery is home to many artists and sculptors. The route area boasts different types of art, most of which is made by locals community members which can be viewed at the Stellenbosch 360 information office. Travellers keen on getting involved can try their hand at bead working, jewellery-making, sculpture and working with clay. 

Stellenbosch is renowned as a centre for learning and is home to a world-class university, schools of enviable reputation and training centres. Many international students visit areas like Kayamandi where they stay and volunteer at local NGOs and schools.

Food and wine

A trip to some of the oldest and most famous winelands in the world wouldn't be complete without a tasting and what better way to enjoy the fruits of the vineyards than with a meal at one of the local eateries. While visiting the route area travellers will be able to enjoy cooking traditional dishes in private dwellings (Cape Malay, African, Boerekos and braai/barbecue), in the company of a storyteller, tempt their taste buds on a historic culinary walkabout in the town centre, eat a traditional meal at a local restaurant or visit a local fresh produce market accompanied by a local foodie.

With a variety of food on offer, Stellenbosch has something for everyone. From the 5-star wine farm eateries and traditional Cape Malay cooking to the informal braais (barbeques) on the side of the road in Kayamandi, travellers are sure to find each and every one a taste sensation.

Stellenbosch is the second-oldest wine producing region in South Africa and is world-renowned for its award-winning wines. Many cellars offer wine-tasting, tours and sales, and some have restaurant and picnic facilities, accommodation, gift shops, art galleries, amphitheatres and wildlife experiences. Learn more about the wine making from the local farm workers and see how they live.

Stellenbosch

Located approximately 33km east of Cape Town, Stellenbosch was founded soon after the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope when, on the 6th November 1679,  the then newly appointed governor, Simon van der Stel, came across a river he later named the Eerste Rivier (First River). The river ran through a beautiful and fertile valley that he named Van Der Stel Bosch (Van der Stel's bush). Before long, farming started in the valley and the family finally settled permanently in 1680. The settlement later became known as Stellenbosch and is recorded as the second oldest town in South Africa. The town grew so fast that by 1682 it became an independent local authority with a jurisdiction over 25 000km² and the seat of a magistrate as early as 1685. With the settlement of some French Huguenots in 1690, grapes were planted in the valleys around Stellenbosch and it soon became the centre of South Africa's wine industry.

A devastating fire destroyed most of the town in 1710, including the first church. The church was re-built in 1723 on the outskirts of the town so as to avoid a similar tragedy and is currently known as the Moederkerk (Mother Church).

Cloetesville

Cloetesville is situated approximately 4km north of Stellenbosch on the R44 towards Paarl. Formerly known as Cloetesdal, the first phase of development started in 1964 it was finally included in the local municipality in 1967. In 1969 the first primary school was opened and today there are three primary schools and one high school. It also features a library, theatre, swimming pool, sports complex and some guesthouses.

Idas Valley

Idas Valley has a rich history linked to the French Hugenot, Francois Villion who was the first Hugnot to arrive at the Cape of Good Hope in 1671. In 1682 he received the farm Ida's Valley from Governor Simon van der Stel where he farmed until his death in 1689.

Idas Valley was officially founded in 1920 on the north eastern side of Stellenbosch when the area to the West of Kahler Street (up to Rustenberg Street) became known as "Die Kamp" (The Camp). The area was declared a group area for coloured people after the 50s. Many of the first residents in this area farmed with fruit, vegetables and strawberries.

Luckhoff High School, the third oldest school in the Boland area was initially established for children regarded as coloured and relocated to Idas Valley in 1969. The residents of Idas Valley remain a close-knit community today as many of the original families still reside in the suburb. Choir singing is a popular community activity and a number of residents are members of the Libertas Choir. Sport is also of importance to the community, particularly soccer, cricket, rugby and tennis.

Jamestown

At the beginning of the twentieth century Jacob Weber, a Rhenish missionary, and James Rattray, a Stellenbosch butcher acquired a portion of the farm Blaauwklippen, situated on the R44 towards Somerset West. The land was divided into 25 large plots, which were leased to members of the Rhenish Church and eventually became their property. Over the years these properties have been handed down from farther to son, thus maintaining a strong family village atmosphere.

Jamestown was one of the first places in the Cape where strawberry farming was conducted on a large scale and the streets are named after strawberry cultivars.

Kayamandi

Kayamandi is located on the northern outskirts of Stellenbosch and is regarded as the second oldest township in South Africa claiming its first inhabitants as early as 1940. The dominant inhabitants of Kayamandi are Xhosa speaking and the name Kayamandi translates to "sweet home".

Following discussions which started in 1921, a location to accommodate black people in Stellenbosch was established in 1936 and formally recognized in 1941 whose year-end saw 55 houses built for the inhabitants. 1942 saw the municipality moving black people from areas designated for Coloureds. 1971 saw 117 houses (37 for married and 79 as hostels) being built.

Klapmuts

Klapmuts is a small village situated approximately 15km from Paarl, Kraaifontein and Stellenbosch in the valleys of the Hottentots Holland mountain range. The origins of the name came from Abraham Gabbema, the local bailiff, coining "De Clapmats"; (a style of sailor's cap with flap), but was later vernacularized to Klapmuts.

Raithby

Raithby is a small village situated between Somerset West and Stellenbosch just off the R44. Surrounded by popular wine farms and vineyards, Raithby overlooks the Helderberg Mountains with Table Mountain in the distance. It was originally a missionary community for emancipated slaves established by Barnabas Shaw following the abolition of slavery at the Cape in 1834.

Shaw is regarded as one of the most notable early missionaries at the Cape. Shaw used a donation of one hundred pounds made by a Mrs Brackenbury of Raithby Hall in Yorkshire to buy three morgen of ground and a house for the mission station which resulted in the name, Raithby.

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South Africa - Western Cape

South Africa - Western Cape

Stellenbosch 360 is located in the Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape. The route takes travellers off the usual tourist track, away from the winelands and into the colourful communities nestled in the towering mountains of this picturesque part of South Africa.

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