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Places to see and things to do around Stellenbosch........
It is definitely worth spending some time in Cape Town. Highlights include Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island, the Cape Castle, V&A Waterfront and Greenmarket Square.
Apart from Stellenbosch, there are numerous towns in the Western Cape that are have lovely places to visit. These include Paarl, Tulbach, Franschoek and Hermanus.
Walker Bay in Hermanus, is approximately 100km from Cape Town. It is an internationally renowned whale watching spot, typically between July and December. Hermanus has a number of good accommodation options, also ranging in price. For those in search of a particular treat, consider Grootbos Nature Reserve (www.grootbos.com) outside Hermanus, or go to Gansbaai for shark cage diving.
.....and further afield
Stellenbosch is far away (about 1800km) from Kruger National Park, the quintessential National Park in South Africa. If you have time it is certainly worth booking a self-drive safari in Kruger (www.sanparks.org) or consider a more exclusive option in one of the private game reserves bordering on Kruger such as Sabi Sabi, Londolozi, Mala Mala and others.
SANPARKS is the organisation that coordinates all National Parks in South Africa – so if you are looking for other options, do look at the Sanparks website. Accommodation can be booked online, and you can pay for day passes at the gate. You are likely to need your own vehicle, unless you book with a tour company that provides transport as well.
There are a few game reserves in the Cape - consider, for instance, Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape (www.sanparks.org). September is a pleasant month in the North of South Africa – it should be dry and warm – and is a good time for game viewing.