Hiking in Stellenbosch

Hiking in the mountains and reserves around Stellenbosch is a popular activity amongst the locals and tourists.

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is 9800 ha ideal for hiking and walking and also comprises the Assegaibosch Nature Reserve. Various rivers have their sources here but only the Eerste River flows through the valley. Mountain fynbos, proteas, baboon, klipspringer, black eagle, cape leopard and other animals all live within the reserves. There are various walks and hikes ranging from 3km to 18km long and varying in difficulty with access to the reserves subject to an entrance fee. Visitors can also fish for rainbow trout and enjoy a bite to eat at the coffeeshop.

For more information vist Cape Nature.

Another popular hiking and mountain biking destination in Stellenbosch is situated at Delvera. Visitors here can enjoy 3 different day walks through vineyards and up a mountain, ranging from very easy to moderately challenging for a small fee. The farm is also a popular mountain biking venue with good tracks up and down the mountain and through the vineyards. A coffee shop, small store, a nursery, cheese store, restaurant and wine boutique are also on location.

For more information visit Delvera.

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, is well sign-posted and suitable for younger children. A permit is required and can be obtained at the Devon Valley Hotel for a small fee along with a map of the route and the other two more strenuous hikes.