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Fandangos Internet Café (per hr US$4) Mill St (021-887 4628); Drostdy Centre (021-887 7501; Bird St)Internet access.

Java Café (021-887 6261; cnr Church & Andringa Sts; per hr US$2)Internet access. Rennies Travel (Mill St) A block from Dorp St, with a Thomas Cook foreign-exchange office. Stellenbosch Publicity Association (®) 021-883 3584; www.tourismstellenbosch.co.za; 36 Market St; © 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun) Excellent brochures are available.

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES Village Museum

Charming gardens and a group of exquisitely restored and period-furnished houses dating from 1709 to 1850 make up this must-see museum (®) 021-887 2902; 18 Ryneveld St; adult/child US$271.40; ® 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 2-5pm Sun), which occupies the entire city block bounded by Ryneveld, Plein, Drostdy and Church Sts.

Sasol Art Museum

Featuring one of the country's best selections of local art both famous and emerging, this

museum (1© 021-808 3693; 52 Ryneveld St; adult/child US$1.20/0.70; ® 9am-4.30pm Tue-Fri, to 4pm Sat) also contains an irreplaceable collection of African anthropological treasures.

Braak

At the north end of the Braak (Town Sq), an open stretch of grass, you'll find the neo-Gothic St Mary's on the Braak Church, completed in 1852. To the west is the VOC Kruithuis (Powder House; admission free; @ 9.30am-1pm Mon-Fri), which was built in 1777 to store the town's weapons and gunpowder and now houses a small military museum. On the northwest corner is Fick House, also known as the Burgerhuis, a fine example of Cape Dutch style from the late 18 th century.

Wineries

There are too many good wineries in the Stellenbosch area to list all of them, so it's sometimes best to drive around and stop on a whim. We do, however, recommend a visit to Blaauwklippen (@ 021 -880 0133; www.biaauwkiippen .com; tastings US$3.40; @ 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm Sun), a rustic 300-year-old estate. Also unmissable is Delaire (@ 021-885 1756;www.deiairewinery .co.za; tastings US$1.40; S 10am-5pm), which is known as the 'vineyard in the sky' because of its high-altitude location at the top of the Helshoogte Pass on Rte 310 towards Franschhoek.

The Helderberg area around Somerset West, 20km south of Stellenbosch, has some 20 wineries, including Vergelegen (§§ 021-847 1334;www.vergelegen.co.za;Lourensford Rd, Somerset West; admission US$1.40, tastings US$0.30-1.40; ® 9.30am-4pm), arguably the most beautiful estate in the Cape.

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