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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 808 3054
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Great day out

One of the lesser visited Botanical Gardens in Cape Town but well worth it. You can spend a lot of... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Pretoria, South Africa
Botanical gem

One of Stellenbosch's best-kept secrets is the university's botanical garden. It also features an... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Ralph P
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, located in the historical center of Stellenbosch, is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. The Garden is open to the public and a R10 admission applies. Although the Garden does not have a visitor parking area, a parking lot is located adjacent to the garden in Van Riebeeck Street.
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“bonsai trees” (31 reviews)
“water lilies” (17 reviews)
“tea garden” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 808 3054
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

One of the lesser visited Botanical Gardens in Cape Town but well worth it. You can spend a lot of time here looking at all the different plants on display. Also a good place for a picnic.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

One of Stellenbosch's best-kept secrets is the university's botanical garden. It also features an excellent outdoor restaurant, Katjiepiering, which serves tasty, value-for-money fare.

Thank Ralph P
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was my very first visit to Stellenbosch. After a business morning at the University I was taken to the Botanical garden for lunch. The atmosphere filled with greenery and shade was most refreshing. The food was quite sumptuous. I had fish and it was...More

Thank chakuchichid
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is a lovely garden to see indigenous plants specific to South Africa. Take a stroll through here and visit the Bonsai collection that dates back over a hundred years. This is a short visit as the garden is small, but worth the while.

Thank OneBigAdventure2016
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Best little gem in town to relax, enjoy some fantastic food at the cafeteria and rest your soul in the shade under the trees amoungst the most beautiful collection of plants! I must, especially on a hot day! Certainly not a tourist trap so its...More

Thank Charlotte_SA
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Having Breakfast or Lunch under the trees with a calming atmosphere, is the best! The surroundings, gardens and luscious garden pools are absolutely breathtaking. The meals are also served as tempting as ever. Close to the restaurant are the botanical gardens which gives it an...More

Thank jonathanursulap
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I visited on a blazing hot day and met with helpful staff right from entry. Having read some other reviews which were less than enthusiastic, I went with an open mind. It's obvious that a lot of work is in progress, but that is no...More

Thank GerHey
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Take a lovely walk through the botanical gardens in the middle of Stellenbosch. The Gardens are well kept with different sections of interesting combinations. Lovely shop on the premises and a small restauratn to have a bite to eat.

Thank MICZ
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Yes why not , go visit this garden, a lovely outing, enjoy a cup of tea in the restaurant, a nice outing, with friends, aswell as family or partner. Amazing

Thank Estelle D
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We stumbled upon this free botanical Garden with a lily pond like no other. Relatively small, but very well laid out and labelled. The bamboo garden is very good as well. Small shop to purchase plants and a cute restaurant. We did not eat there,...More

Thank HaroldandSusan
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Chelsea D
12 March 2017|
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Response from Martin S | Property representative |
Unfortunately wedding photography is not allowed. Other shoots are allowed with prior arrangement.
24 February 2016|
Response from Martin S | Property representative |
Good day. Unfortunately we do not allow picnics in the garden. Photography is allowed but prior permission is required for any commercial photo shoots.
30 December 2015|
Response from Martin S | Property representative |
Apologies for the very late response. Probably to late for you but hopefully it might still help someone else. There are trains from Cape Town directly to Stellenbosch. The station is however a few blocks away from the... More