Stellenbosch had its start in 1679 when Simon van der Stel, newly appointed governor of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope set out to explore the countryside with a view to expanding the produce trading possibilities with ships passing Table Bay on their way to and from Europe to the far East on trading expeditions.

Today it is known for its wine, fruit, flowers and unique Cape Dutch architecture, protected by heritage status.  It is also home to one of the most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere providing a major contribution to culture, politics, science, agriculture and sport.

Enjoy a delightful stroll through the stately oak lined avenues bordered by babbling water furrows of this beautiful, old town with a registered, experienced tour guide, to introduce you to the pioneer spirit, local language and quaint customs of this charming valley of oaks.




    • Shops
    • Local Crafts
    • Sidewalk Cafes
    • Museums
    • Gardens
    • Churches


    • Dutch East India Company
    • Simon van der Stel
    • Pioneer and Cape Dutch Architecture
    • Religion and Agriculture 
    • Slavery and Mission Stations
    • Interesting Stellenbosch Characters
    • Cape Floral Kingdom
    • Local Flora & Fauna
    • Higher Learning and Stellenbosch University

    What to bring

    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Water Hats and sunscreen (summer)
    • Umbrellas and waterproofs ( winter)




    Pen is an avid historian, with a deep appreciation, knowledge and love of South Africa, who has been guiding for 20 years.

    Her specialist knowledge includes history, indigenous culture, flora and fauna, agriculture and heritage architecture which she uses to passionately interpret how South Africa and its rainbow nation has evolved from written history in the 1400's up to its present state.


    Please include your preferred date, time and number of people for the tour as well as any particular areas of interest.

    Pen Johnson
    +27 (0) 82 965 7387

    Monday to Sunday
    10AM - 1PM (Morning Tour)
    2PM - 5PM (Afternoon Tour)

    R600 per person (minimum 2 pax)

    2.5 to 3 hours