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Obesa Nursery & Garden

Vast nursery and inspiring garden of towering Cacti and succulents.

  • 4

  • from 46 Google reviews

A cactus in a forest
A cactus in a forest

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About the garden

Plants-lovers will be like kids in a sweet shop at Obesa Nursery. 22 years ago, you’d have found a bare and empty 7-hectare space. Now, thanks to one man’s passion, Obesa is home to 7,000 plant species; one of the largest privately-owned Cacti and succulent nurseries in the world - it is a stunning oasis in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet.

Obesa also uses sustainable methods to raise 350,000 plants annually and stocks over 2 million which are for sale to the public and exported worldwide. Among the extensive collection, you can find caudiciforms and bulbs, miniature and adult Cacti, the large tree-like Trichocereus Terschecki, Aloes, medicinal plants and various small and large succulents from across the globe, including the striking Ferocactus Stainesii (Mexican Fire Barrel), Yuccas, dramatic Dasylerions and Agaves.

And, that’s not all. Discover rare and exotic varieties in the giant greenhouses, explore the incredible labyrinth and experience the ‘spike-tacular’ garden.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Obesa Wholesale Nursery & Garden.

Opening times

Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 17:00 Fridays 08:00 - 15:00

Useful details

Garden area

1.7 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Completely inaccessible.


Yes - There is a plant shop.

Western District, 6280

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Google reviews

  • 4

  • from 46 Google reviews

Michelle Graham

4 months ago


The timings are hit or miss. "We are open when the gate it open and closed when the gate is closed." We got there when the gate was closed. A little further down the road on the opposite side is a cactis garden. Absolutely gorgeous!

Sheryl Yeadon

4 months ago


Quite spectacular to see this nursery and garden. Some of the succulents are over 50 years old. The owner is a most interesting chap.

Fanie van Zyl

6 months ago


A beautiful garden. A bit overgrown, but that simply means more and bigger succulents.

Rachelle Snyman

6 months ago


Not worth a visit. Owner trying too hard to be eccentric

aisling foley

a year ago


Must see if you are in GR. A total gem. A labyrinth of cacti in which you can get lost. Amazing to see so many varieties and the height they can grow to when loving tended to over many decades. We bought some as a nice reminer of our trip to GR

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+27 (0)79 496 8067

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