Recreation and Sports

Kimilili Cheese Farm

Kimilili Cheese Farm Visit the estate cheesery to see happy cows being milked, experience the cheese-making process and taste award-winning hand-crafted cheeses in the Swiss and French traditions. Small groups and children are welcome but booking is essential. The best time to visit is on a weekday morning. Open 10am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-1pm Sat, Sun. No credit cards are accepted.

Stellenbosch Golf Club

This golf course is the fourth oldest in the country and offers a great 18-hole picturesque golfing experience. This championship layout has played host to the South African Open and South African Masters. Find this too challenging? Try the driving range or take some lessons from the pros. Rates R250-R420.

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre If theatre under the stars is your thing, this amphitheatre has quite the reputation for great productions starring local and international artists. Shows run from November to March and cover plays, music (classic to rock), and many a genre in between. Bring your own picnic and laze on the lawns during the Sunday sunset concerts.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

This scenic reserve is located in the one of the highest rainfall areas in the country. The one side is managed by Mountain to Ocean Forestry (MTO forestry) and facilitates a 10km circular drive, walks, horse-riding and fishing at Kleinplaas dam. CapeNature manages the trails of between 5.3km and 17.1km. If you like, hire bikes from the tea garden at the gate (021 886...

Endler Concert Hall

Endler Concert Hall Showcasing the University of Stellenbosch’s symphony orchestra, brass band and choir, this concert hall boasts great acoustics and a famous Marcussen organ. Students perform mainly during university semesters but great international musicians are also often on the programme. The International Chamber Music festival during winter is a highlight.

Cheetah Outreach

Cheetah Outreach Do your bit for conservation and meet this collection of cats. The cheetahs of this non-profit centre have been hand-reared to act as ambassadors for their endangered brethren, so you get the rare chance to stroke the spotted fur of the cheetah cubs and adults. Open 10am-5pm daily (till 6pm on weekends in high season). Cheetah encounters 11am-1pm, 2-5pm daily (till 6pm on...

Cape Town Lion Park

Cape Town Lion Park No, the blue-eyed white lions strutting around this enclosed park aren’t albino; they actually have a recessive gene that makes them a little lighter. Just think of them as the blondes of the lion kingdom. Since these guys are very scarce in the wild, it’s a real treat to catch them in action up close: from the gambolling cubs and mischievous teens to the majestically...

Aan de Braak Theatre

This small theatre has very swiftly surfaced as the ringleader of the Stellenbosch theatre scene. With an arty interior, expect anything from cabaret, classical music, stand-up comedy to jazz and poetry. They showcase many a student production as well as the odd art exhibition. Grab a drink at the bar and spectate forth. Admission Fee: R40-R80. No credit cards are...

Vergelegen

Dating back to 1700, Vergelegen is a historic site of note. The massive estate is packed with attractions. Guests can tour the winery, dine at one of the restaurants, picnic in the camphor forest or wander through the many gar-dens – including a 1000-bush rose garden, yellow-wood forest, rare camellia garden and octagonal garden. There’s also an interpretive centre,...

Top G Game Systems

Little Rambos and kids at heart: take to the bush and battle it out with friends at the Top Gun laser shooting range. Choose between laser combat challenges, paint ball or laser clay target shooting. Open Bookings essential. Rates Laser combat R100 adults; R80 children over 6. Paintball R125 (150 balls; no under-12s). Minimum 10 people. No credit cards are accepted...

Cable Waterski

Cable Waterski Never heard of cable-skiing? It’s waterskiing without the boat – skiers get pulled along on a lake by an overhead cable system. Come and practice your moves; then wind down with a game of volleyball or a meal at the restaurant. Open Summer 10am-6pm daily. Winter 2-5pm Tue, Thur; 11am-5pm Sat, Sun. Rates R30 adults; R20 under-16s; R10 under-6s. Skiing R115-R300.

Soekershof Walkabout

Soekershof Walkabout Quirky Dutch couple Herman von Bon and Yvonne de Wit run this horticultural haven. The little ones will love setting out on a quest to explore the mammoth hedge maze while you marvel at the succulents on display. Open 8am-4pm Wed-Sun. Rates Tours R60 adults; R40 under-12s; toddlers free. No credit cards are accepted.

Rafting Route 62

Rafting Route 62 Tame the Breede River on a rafting adventure. Paddle past birds, mountains and vineyards. Trips are about 10km long and include a river-bank picnic lunch. Open Daily. Bookings essential (min 2 people). Rates R400; R300 under-13s. No credit cards are accepted.

Le Bonheur Crocodile Park

Le Bonheur Crocodile Park Get your crocs off at this creepy reptile domicile teeming with hundreds of snap-happy rough-hides. The star of the show is undoubtedly the albino critter called Snowy, but you’re also guar-anteed an eyeful of his green siblings splashing about during the guided tours. If you’re brave enough, you get to pet a baby crocodile and witness the big mommas being fed. Open...

Drakenstein Lion Park

Drakenstein Lion Park Before you get all excited, this isn’t the kind of place where you can rough and tumble with cubs or stroke a jungle king’s mane. This is a rehabilitation centre for lions that’ve been bred in captivity and often times suffered abuse at the hands of circus bosses and zoo keepers. Nonetheless, you’ll be more than content watching these majestic predators from the safe...