Life & Leisure

Jan Marais Nature Reserve

Jan Marais Nature Reserve is a small protected area located in Marais Street, close to the centre of Stellenbosch. The nature reserve was opened in 1919. The reserve ‘s approximately 23 hectares is roughly divided into a disturbed area (3-4 ha) and a undisturbed area with roughly two veld types namely Swartland Fynbos and Swartland… Continue reading Jan Marais Nature Reserve

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve is a historical gem in the Jonkershoek Valley. It is approximately 9km from Stellenbosch. This 204 hectares reserve lies next to the Eerste River, which forms the northern boundary and extends up the north-eastern slope of Stellenbosch Mountain, forming the southern boundary. It is a lovely place to picnic as a couple… Continue reading Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Cape Winelands Biosphere

Stellenbosch is a part of this spectacular reserve which has seven rivers running through it – all unfortunately under threat. It is home to many Cape Dutch homesteads and the main form of agriculture is viticulture. The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve includes 4 nature reserves: The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, Limietberg, Mont Rochelle and Jonkershoek. This area… Continue reading Cape Winelands Biosphere

Helshoogte Pass

Helshoogte Pass, is one of the most loved and travelled roads in the Western Cape, linking Stellenbosch with the Drakenstein Valley. This magnificent scenic pass transports one over the saddle that separates Simonsberg from the Jonkershoekberge. It winds its way past fruit farms, such as the historic Boschendal Estate, as well as vineyards, such as Delaire, Tojkara… Continue reading Helshoogte Pass

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Jonkershoek is located approximately 10km from Stellenbosch town center in which Life & Leisure is located. The beautiful Eerste River flows through the Jonkershoek valley. The area is known for being rich in animal and plant life, with over 1 100 plant species and a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Activities in the reserve… Continue reading Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Helderberg Farm

The farm is situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain. Interestingly, the name “Helderberg” translates into Clear Mountain. Visitors can expect to encounter indigenous wildlife on the farm. Visiting birdwatchers have sighted over 100 different species of bird. The farm is home to one of the biggest Mountain Candlewood trees in South Africa which… Continue reading Helderberg Farm

Devon Valley

The Vintners’ hike in the beautiful Devon Valley is another great walk for families with younger children. With splendid views of the valley, the ocean and the surrounding mountains, the walk takes just under 1 hour to complete, is fairly simple, and is well sign-posted and suitable for younger children. A permit is required and… Continue reading Devon Valley

Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy

Within the conservancy are a number of mountain biking trails. There is a great variety of trails, and there is sure to be a trail that suits your skills and needs. The magnificence of the surrounding vistas makes any cycling trail a truly memorable one for its idyllic backdrop. It is only 7km from Life… Continue reading Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy