To see and do
Tygerberg Zoo is Cape Town’s only zoo. With 24 hectares of land it is situated roughly 15 minutes from Stellenbosch. The Tygerberg Zoo is home to lions, tigers, zebra, cheetah, chimpanzees and marmosets. The types of animals include: 61 mammal species, 160 bird species and 63 reptile species. A visit to the zoo is definitely worth it; with a wide range of animals to view the zoo offers a great day of entertainment. The zoo also specializes in the breeding of rare and endangered species so you will have the opportunity to see animals you would seldom see in the wild. For younger children there is the children’s farmyard and there is a shop where you can purchase refreshments.
Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. The concept originated in the UK and such enclosed parks can be found in countries throughout the world. Each year these parks are visited by thousands of visitors and now thanks to the initiative taken by two Capetonian women, South Africans have the opportunity to experience nature at its best.
EAGLE ENCOUTER STELLENBOSCH
A visit to the Eagle Encounter at the Spier Wine Estate is a fascinating and never-to-be-forgotten experience. Hank and Tracy Chalmers have been running the Eagle Encounter since it started 4 years ago. Having been brought up by a father who himself was a falconer, Hank has over 30 years experience in working with birds of prey. His wife, Tracy, has been devoted to eagles and other raptors for over 13 years. The Eagle Encounter seeks to rehabilitate birds of prey, including eagles, owls, kestrels, kites and goshawks that have been injured, poisoned, shot or hit by cars. Wherever possible the rehabilitated birds are reintroduced back into the wild. While these big birds are being healed, they are using the Eagle Encounter to educate the public concerning these amazing creatures.
STELLENBOSCH, DE ZALZE AND DEVONVALE GOLF ESTATES
With some holes bordering the vineyards, large trees framing the holes and surrounded by mountain slopes under vine, this is a parkland layout that is a delight to play. Stellenbosch Golf Club has already celebrated its centenary, but it was only in 1953 that it grew from a 9-hole course into 18 holes. It has a championship layout that has hosted many prestigious tournaments in the past. Amongst others, the South African Open and South African Masters were hosted at this picturesque 18-hole layout. The 1999 SA Open at Stellenbosch Golf Club proved to be one of the toughest Opens in the last decade. Only 5 minutes' drive from Besigheim.
STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE
Wine tours are a regular for any visitor and here you have a choice of the old world charm or modern large estates where focus is on drawing large numbers. Stellenbosch is wine country, and this must truly be a Mecca for any wine-lover as well as those interested in learning more about the art. Farms are surrounded by the natural beauty of the nature with some of the most spectacular mountains. This again leads to endless possibilities of scenic and site-seeing trips.Wine estates offer some of the finest cuisine in the country.