Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It is nestled between vineyards, and secluded by magnificent mountain ranges. The towns oak-shaded trees, lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries are bordered with two world heritage nature reserves. Stellenbosch is situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town international airport.
STIAS (The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) is situated on the historic Mostertsdrift farm in the heart of Stellenbosch. The idea for such an Institute was first conceived in 2000 and was immediately positively received by the local and international research community. However, it was only in 2005 when a donation from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation enabled STIAS to build a modern research and seminar centre that the Institute came into its own. Here, sustainable architecture and beautiful, tranquil surroundings have been fused to form a ‘Creative Space For The Mind’ where top researchers and intellectual leaders are nurtured and encouraged to find innovative and sustainable solutions to issues facing the world and in particular the country and the continent of Africa. To counter the loss of its best minds and promising young leaders, it provides the opportunity for high-level research and intellectual development in an international context. It is attracting some of the world’s leading scholars and researchers and is enjoying international growth and recognition.
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Few towns have such an eclectic mix of accommodation to offer tourists, visitors or business travellers and suit any budget.
From historic Cape Dutch-, Edwardian- and Victorian styled villas along oak-lined streets and peaceful, leafy suburbs to the oldest guest house in South Africa and state of the art 5- star accommodation – Stellenbosch has it all!
Please notify the conference organisers as soon as possible should you require an invitation letter for visa purposes. The following information will be required:
- Passport number
- Date of passport validity
- Country of issue
- Dates of attendance
Transport in Stellenbosch and surrounds
Although there are various modes of travel to choose from, the following are highly recommended
The Uber Taxi service, which is well known across the world, is a very effective means of transport in Stellenbosch. This service is safe, reliable, and convenient. Although somewhat expensive should you travel alone, it becomes much cheaper if a taxi is shared between guests.
Tuk Tuk Stellies offers an unusual and affordable way of getting around and can be booked for ad hoc transport needs or a full wine tour.
Consider renting a bicycle from Adventureshop and traverse the winelands at your own pace.
- Private car rental
For the freedom to travel anywhere in Johannesburg, or even the larger country, private car rental is highly recommended. It should be noted that in South Africa cars drive on the left hand-side of the road, and steering wheels are on the right hand-side of the car. The following car rental companies can be considered:
Transport in South Africa
For those guests wishing to extend their stay in South Africa, and who wish to visit the rest of the country, the following local airlines fly to all destination across the country from Cape Town
Tourism and Activities
Should you wish to visit the rest of South Africa before or after the conference, we recommend you finalize holiday bookings by latest end of May.
Stellenbosch boasts the oldest wine route in South Africa that today hosts more than 200 members, producing international award-winning wines.
Music and art are deeply embedded in Stellenbosch society and South Africa’s oldest music school, the Stellenbosch Conservatoire has its home here, with a collection of galleries and museums housing international art collections well worth viewing.
Stellenbosch is also considered widely to be South Africa’s culinary capital, and regularly features among the Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa.
Take a stroll down the historic Dorp Street which is a national monument and has one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings in Southern Africa.
For the more active visitor there are many horse and bike trails in the surrounding reserves and for the adrenaline junkie, one could also book a helicopter flight over the Jonkershoek Reserve.
Our tourism partner has the following packages available, however should you wish something unique, do not hesitate to contact Stellenbosch 360.
For bookings or more information contact:
T: +27 (21) 883 3584