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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Internationally acclaimed research gardens with diverse plantings and large glasshouses.

  • 4.6

  • from 562 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.


Check local coronavirus guidance before you visit

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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 562 Google reviews

Melanie Carstens

5 months ago


Beautiful botanical gardens with exquisite plant life. Wheelchair friendly paths though not all. Affordable entrance fee of R15 and R10 for pensioners.

Ben Meyer

4 months ago


Delightful and an unexpected treat. There are so many plant species to be seen here. I was particularly impressed by the huge number of carnivorous plants and bonsai. The restaurant is well run as well. This stopover was enjoyed by my entire family.

Samuel Kingsley

5 months ago


Very lovely. Only 45 to 50 minutes away from the Atlantic seaboard. Nice drive. They have a lovely Cafe on site.

Yeshodh Mahabeer

3 weeks 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.

Sabine Ntsama

a year ago



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+27 21 808 3054

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