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Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, town, Western Cape province, South Africa. It lies east of Cape Town, in the fertile Eerste River valley bordering mountains on the east. Founded in 1679 and named for Governor Simon van der Stel, it is South Africa’s next oldest settlement after Cape Town. Stellenbosch is known for its restored Cape Dutch architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and for its streets lined with majestic oaks. Its gardens and parks include the Braak, a square set aside in 1703 as a military parade ground. A centre of Afrikaans culture and learning, the town houses Stellenbosch University (incorporated 1918) and affiliated research institutes, libraries, and museums. It is a centre of the fertile vineyards and orchards of the western Cape, as well as of sawmilling.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29,000 students (including 4000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3000 permanent staff members (including 1000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. Together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden
The main purpose of the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden is to fulfill the research and educational needs within the Stellenbosch University and support conservation goals in the region, therefore the Garden contains both indigenous and exotic plants. The Botanical Garden contains various plant collections and is divided into several separate areas or theme gardens. The Garden also functions as an important green oasis in Stellenbosch, providing an important habitat for various animals.

Village Museum
The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time. Below is some information on each of the houses in the museum complex.