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Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful towns in the world (in my opinion at least) and even though it’s winter that doesn’t mean it’s any less beautiful here! I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite things to do in Stellenbosch during the winter months below — it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid the crowds and appreciate the beauty of our little Winelands town!

Take a hike through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve


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The cooler weather offers the perfect opportunity to explore the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains in the Jonkershoek Valley, just a stone’s throw away from Stellenbosch. During summer it can get ridiculously hot in the area, so if you’re not too keen on working up a sweat in the heat, now is the perfect time to take a relaxed hike up to Eerste Waterval and enjoy the beautiful greenery on offer during the rainy season.

Head over to their website to book your hike and to learn more.

Bask in the beauty of Jan Marais Nature Reserve


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Located just behind Stellenbosch High School, you’ll find the Jan Marais Nature Reserve, a firm favourite with students and parents alike. If you really want to get in touch with nature, this is the place to be! The nature reserve features outdoor exercise equipment, as well as a labyrinth and sculpture walk out in nature, so on top of the natural beauty surrounding you, you can get in a bit of exercise and culture as well! What more could you ask for?

Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date with their winter opening times and events.

Check out local flora at the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden


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Nestled in the heart of this Varsity town is the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, the oldest of its kind in the country! The main purpose of the Garden is to fulfill the research and educational needs of the University, but luckily everyone can benefit from it! Explore some of the most beautiful flora in South Africa, or pop over to one of the many themed gardens where you can see bonsais, waterlilies and more. As it’s wintertime, you’ll be able to see some botanicals that don’t necessarily bloom in summer.

Head over to their website to learn more.

Stick your neck out at Giraffe House


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A perfect activity to do during the winter holidays is to learn more about South Africa’s indigenous wildlife, and what better place to do so than at Giraffe House? They provide sanctuary for different South Afrifcan species, from meerkats and warthogs to giraffes, and even crocs and ostriches!

Check out their website to make a booking and to learn more (and see the cutest pics of Gerry the Giraffe!).

Get boozy on the Franschhoek Wine Tram


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What better way to spend a rainy winter day than sipping red wine in front of a roaring fire? Hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram and take a day to delight in the beautiful Franschhoek wine valley. Enjoy the local wines while learning more about the aspects of winemaking and the extensive history associated with Franschhoek.

The wine tram stays active throughout the winter, so head on over to their website to book your tickets.

Do you have any favourite spots you appreciate more during winter? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to see more of the natural beauty surrounding us!


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