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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Internationally acclaimed research gardens with diverse plantings and large glasshouses.

  • 4.6

  • from 589 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.

Family

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).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

7602

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  • 4.6

  • from 589 Google reviews

Yeshodh Mahabeer

6 months ago

5

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.

Vguy 55

3 months ago

5

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

4 months ago

5

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

a month ago

1

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.

Sonnette Smith

9 months ago

5

Lovely oasis on a hot autumn day. Restaurant was busy but after a 10 minute stroll we came back and got a table under the shade of a big tree. Prices were very reasonable. The girls ordered scone, muffin and carrot cake. Boys had egg breakfast. The garden has lots of nooks and crannies tucked away on windy pathways surrounded by luscious vegetation. With plenty of benches tucked under trees for a little quiet contemplation. Variety of bonsai trees is amazing.

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+27 21 808 3054

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