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Johnman Music Centre & Garden

Historic Old Cape gardens with charming millstream.

  • 4.8

  • from 4 Google reviews

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About the garden

One of the last remaining Old Cape gardens, the ‘Camido’ home is at the heart of a cluster of historic houses in Stellenbosch. This refuge for nature and garden-lovers is located in a part of the city where vegetable patches and orchards are now replaced by office blocks and apartment complexes. This small group of historic homes, which also includes a music centre, is managed by the Johnman Trust.

The Johnmans were dedicated to conservation, developing and maintaining their gardens in a way that expressed their love of the natural world and an enthusiasm for home-grown produce. As a result, you can find a fascinating mix of exotic ornamentals, indigenous plants and productive orchards in this paradisiacal garden. The informal style, with its cobbled surfaces and winding dirt pathways complement the verdant foliage and vibrant flowers.

A millstream, which is fed by the neighbouring Eersterivier, is a constant gentle background sound in this peaceful garden, and provides a valuable source of irrigation during the summer months. Visitors to the garden at ‘Camido’ are enchanted by the old fruit trees, rambling roses, jasmine, wisteria and the many indigenous plants that bring this space to life.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Johnman.

Narrow, earth pathways.

Opening times

Pre-book tours on Thursdays at 10AM

Useful details

Garden area

1.2 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - No rack, but you can lock up your bike to a tree.

Wheelchair access

Completely inaccessible. Narrow, earth pathways.



Cape Winelands, 7600

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 4 Google reviews

Elma Ross

10 months ago


Excellent lessons even for late beginners. With the tuition received I could pass grade 5 ABRSM piano with merit (thanks Marietjie!). It is a professional, yet relaxing environment for music studies.

Andre Potgieter

a year ago


Excellent music school and beautiful garden!

Dudley Rowswell

a year ago


A step back into history of this monument house, told by Dr David Taylor, but they are looking for help to maintain the garden

Jan Lutz

a year ago


Contact the garden

021 883 3109

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