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Botanical Garden University of Stellenbosch

Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 808 3054
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Gorgeous gardens

Then it gardens in stellenbosch are a gorgeous maze of indigenous plants that have been... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Nice green paradise

Great place to go if you enjoy plants or simply to relax in this beautiful green heaven. Requires... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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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 admission is free. 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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Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 808 3054
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Then it gardens in stellenbosch are a gorgeous maze of indigenous plants that have been immaculately kept and signed so that visitors can learn all about the nature that thrives in our country. If you're a bonsai lover, a trip to the bonsai garden is...More

Thank caebae_v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go if you enjoy plants or simply to relax in this beautiful green heaven. Requires 1-2 hours.

Thank FlyingDutchman68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibits such as the tropical and desert houses plus a large collection of Bonsais makes this a great outing. Coffee shop on the premises serves great cakes and tea.

Thank louwrih
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the gardens recently and what a haven of peace to just chill out or to explore the wide variety of interesting plants and trees if that is what interests you. Loved the area with flowing water features that are linked to the water...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The botanical garden at US is very picturesque and a good place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The lily pads in the little pond and bonsai trees are the highlights of the garden. They are interesting and make for some excellent photo opportunities. The garden...More

Thank Jared B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Botanical enthusiasts will undoubtedly go to Cape Town, but the Stellenbosch gardens are a nice way to see many local specimens. Tie this in with a walking trip north to the nature reserve, and you have a great day!

Thank Bajuga
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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Chelsea D
Good day i am getting married on the 25th march was wondering can we came take our wedding pictures there ?
12 March 2017|
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Response from 23Mikey23 | Reviewed this property |
Often weddings are photographed there but you will have to check the charges with their offices. I doubt it will be free
Do you allow picnics in the garden and can we take photos in the garden?
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.
What is the best, safest, quickest way to get to the gardens from Cape Town? I do not particularly want to do a tour to Stellenbosch as these seem to be mainly vineyard based.
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