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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stellenbosch - The Vineyard Trail

It was not easy to find this spot, but my what a nice area for a stunning walk amongst the vineyards of the beautiful Stellenbosch area.

We go caught unexpectedly by the first seasonal rain and were forced to opt for plan B... a nice warm cuppachino and cake in the stunning restaurant on the nearby J.C. Le Roux estate. The decor inside was very modern and fresh, a bit of a contrast to the traditional aged wooden wine cellar theme one would normally expect, but very nice and comes highly recommended as a stop en route this hike.

We managed to sample this little brochure from the Devon Valley Hotel, so its as good as its gonna get for now in terms of this hike. As soon as we get to walk this hike, I promise to provide more details and some stunning pictures for you to enjoy and see what to expect should you choose to come on this hike too.

Hiking Trail:
Name of Reserve / Area: Stellenbosch, Bottelaryberg
Nearest Town: Stellenbosch, Devon Valley
Province: Western Cape
Country: South Africa

Duration of hike: 4 - 8 hours, depending on which route you choose to take.

Directions to get there: From Cape Town CBD, take the N2 towards the Strand, Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Turn left into Stellenbosch Arterial Road. Pass the turn to Spier on your right. Soon you will see a sign to turn left into Devon Valley Road. Drive all the way up the valley along this narrow road until you reach the Devon Valley Hotel on your right. This is where you will be able to get your day permits and the map I have uploaded in this post.

Contact Information:
Email Devon Valley click here
Phone: 021 865 2012

Best time of year to go: March - June is good for photographs due to the autumn season starting to create the most awesome colours.

What costs did you incur to do this hike: R25 per person.

How safe is it: Situated in between some of the best wine estates in Stellenbosch. It looks very safe. Cant comment further, will know when I have done the hike.

Fresh Water: Not sure, but saw lots of lakes.

Difficulty: Due to the distances, I would recommend a fairly fit person should enjoy this.

Pets: No dogs allowed on this hike

How will I rate this hike?
Highly recommended. The route looked fairly flat with some hills. There are 3 routes you can take which vary between 4km and 12km each.

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