Stellenbosch is a small university town in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, a short drive from Cape Town. I first visited Stellenbosch (map) more than ten years ago and I’ve been back a few times since then.
The Cape Winelands, with picturesque towns like Stellenbosch, beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, dramatic mountain scenery, gorgeous wineries and phenomenal food and wines, is truly one of my favourite places on Earth. It’s the perfect Velvet Escape as it has so much to offer: there’s an excellent range of accommodations (from villas in the vineyards to luxurious B&B’s), an unrivalled gastronomic scene, world-renowned vineyards, a rich cultural landscape and a broad range of adventure and leisure activities. It simply is a magical region that I’ll never tire of.
Discovering the magic of Stellenbosch with #Stellenblog
The great news is: I’ll soon get to experience the magic of Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands again! I’ll be visiting the region with three other bloggers: Matt Long from Landlopers (luxury travel blogger), Niamh Shields from Eat Like a Girl (one of the UK’s top food bloggers) and Norman Röhlig from i-ref (a leading German lifestyle online magazine). We’ll spend a week discovering the region and undoubtedly ticking off a bunch of items on our bucket lists! Some of the activities we may get to participate in (our hosts have quite a few surprises in store for us) include dining at one of South Africa’s top restaurants, cooking with a famous local chef, blending our own wines (I already know which grapes I’ll be using!), touring a vineyard on a Segway and flying over the Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain in a helicopter!
Join us as we share our experiences live via our social media channels from Monday, 5th May. Simply follow the hashtag #Stellenblog on Twitter, Instagram, facebook and Google+. And don’t forget to visit Stellenblog for updates.
Prelude: the Overberg region
But before we begin our Stellenbosch adventure, we’ll be touring the stunning Overberg region (map) for a few days. This region of majestic mountains covered in fynbos (an indigenous family of shrubs) and rugged coastal cliffs is situated to the east of Cape Town and includes the African continent’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas (where the South Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet).
We’ll be based in Hermanus, the world’s capital of land-based whale-watching. I’ve been there a few times before and they’re not kidding… you can literally see the whales from the walking paths on the cliffs. Hermanus and the nearby village of Gansbaai are the best places to discover the marine life of the Western Cape. There are penguins, seals, whales and lots of Great White sharks!!
Follow the hashtag #VisitOverberg to see what we’re up to in this beautiful region. Gosh! I can’t wait to return. It’s been too long…