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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Internationally acclaimed research gardens with diverse plantings and large glasshouses.

  • 4.6

  • from 604 Google reviews

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden
Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

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About the garden

Discover the rich history behind Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden. With origins dating back to 1921, the 4.2-acre space is South Africa’s oldest university botanical garden.

The award-winning Garden is renowned for its efforts in conserving plant diversity as well as specific species. At Stellenbosch, in addition to an inviting atmosphere, you will find a wide variety of both native and exotic flora, from golden Cape Oxalis and vivid Pelargoniums to unique Bonsais. Look out for the Becky Lucas Pine Tree – thought to be Africa’s oldest Bonsai. Enter the Tropical Glasshouse and you’ll see stunning Orchids, explore the dedicated Fern House and relax by the soothing Lily Ponds in this glorious oasis. A selection of beautiful plants that can be seen in the Garden are also for sale.

Complete your visit with satisfying soups and scrumptious cakes inside the cosy Katjiepiering Restaurant during winter and tuck into delicious salads and light bites among greenery or lounge on the Picnic Lawn in warmer months.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden.

Opening times

September - May Every Day 08:00 - 17:00 June - August Every Day 09:00 - 16:00

Useful details

Garden area

4.2 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.


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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 604 Google reviews

Muhammad Manuel

2 weeks ago


R15 entrance fee into this small but very well organised botanical garden. There is a pathway to follow and visit every informative tree, bush and shrub (the information is about the actual living entity). There is also a restaurant in the centre which makes for a nice quaint place to visit with friends or family. All in all a very well preserved piece of land.

Yeshodh Mahabeer

8 months ago


Amazing botanical garden. It's small in size but has the most diverse collection of plants. The bonsai display is a treat to any bonsai enthusiast. Will come again in Spring.

Krisztian Nemeth

5 months ago


Please raise the entry fee!!!!!!! I went to the gardens today and they are spectacular, especially the water plants, the succulents, and the cacti. What a wonderful place and a wonderful addition to a visit to Stellenbosch. It's a magical place. But I paid R15 or about 0.80EUR to enter. I would have gladly paid R50-100 and that money could help fund the garden. Please consider raising the entry fee to get the funds for the garden (at least for foreign visitors).

Simone Kotze

6 months ago


Our visit to the Botanical Gardens in Stellenbosh was lovely! It is so peaceful there, you actually can't believe you're just next to the road. There is a restaurant in the centre of the garden, that will definitely be on my list for my next visit. You can have a picnic on the lawn as well, perfect for a date🤗. The entrance cost was R15, and free for our little one. Highly recommend going if you want to escape a bit!

Carolyn Coombe

3 months ago


Visited on Sunday, 23rd October. Was very disappointed in the general state of the garden. To me it doesn't look like it's being cared for. Messy flower beds, ponds were dirty no flowing water. Everything looked scrappy. In the greenhouses some succulents were dying. I see some construction going on, hopefully to improve things. Have been here often over the years but never seen it so neglected.

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+27 21 808 3054

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