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The town of Stellenbosch was named after its founder, the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel in 1679.

Stellenbosch is situated along the banks of the Eerste River, about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town in the famous wine-growing region. It is South Africa's oldest town after Cape Town. Stellenbosch became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad in Afrikaans and Dutch, due to the large number of oak trees that grace its streets and homesteads. The town is packed with many historic buildings dating back to the 1700's and is also home to the internationally known Stellenbosch University, a public research university that provides world class education and a rich heritage and tradition to its students. It is also the home of many well known artists and crafters, and offers a leisurely lifestyle with sidewalk cafés, pubs and a variety of restaurants within walking distance.

Stellenbosch is so centrally located in the Cape Winelands, that it is the ideal base from which to explore the Cape Peninsula.




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