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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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Hidden Gem

Best little gem in town to relax, enjoy some fantastic food at the cafeteria and rest your soul in... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Calming Atmosphere

Having Breakfast or Lunch under the trees with a calming atmosphere, is the best! The... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Cape Town
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 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 5 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 27 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
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The weather was scorching hot so we thought a visit to the botanical gardens would be a good idea. I'm glad we did as there were some really lovely plants, an ornamental pond with huge lily pads and a great collection of bonzai trees. Thoroughly...More

Thank RHofBath
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I love this place! It is very small, but choc-a-block full of wonderful plants and wee, quiet nooks and crannies that are just glorious for a chill out in the sun or to study if you're a student!

Thank Nicky B
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Not very helpful staff at all, very late and unobservant but a lovely setting to sit and enjoy the garden and have tea in some peace and quite .

Thank Larajcorreia
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to spend the daytime with family and friends and the food is really very nice and affordable

Thank Mark R
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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