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Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands by Loren Minsky, Philip Briggs

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Stellenbosch

Founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, and arguably the most beautiful. Running north from the banks of the Eerste River below the Jonkershoek Mountains, the stately avenues of this university town are lined with venerable Cape Dutch buildings and the shady trees that earned it the nickname of Eikestad (Town of Oaks). This old-world ambience is offset by a contemporary array of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. It is worth spending a night here to explore the surrounding Winelands; the short drive to nearby Franschhoek via the Helshoogte Pass is packed with must-see sights (for ...

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