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Botanical Garden University of Stellenbosch

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Address: Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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+27 21 808 3054
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
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The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, located in the historical...

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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Lovely shady gardens to walk through when it's hot. The lily pads and flowers are amazing. The sound of running water from the fountain is charming as is the water running down... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2017
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Woodbury, United Kingdom
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Woodbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Lovely shady gardens to walk through when it's hot. The lily pads and flowers are amazing. The sound of running water from the fountain is charming as is the water running down the pebble wall where we saw two delightful tiny birds with orange rumps enjoying a shower.

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Thank Christine Q
Charente, France
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

For those interested in plants, the small Botanic Gardens, run by the university, is full of indigenous plants and lovely lily ponds and well worth a visit.

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Thank elaineb01
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Also a cool place to get out of the sun. Nice size and good place to spend an hour or two. Free to enter although there was a sign that says they may charge in the future. Bonsai display was a little disappointing - some of the specimens had seen better days.

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Thank Sheffview
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Nice gardens, well worth a wander and you discover something new each time. The lily pads are amazing.

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Thank Que
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very lovely, small botanical garden with wonderful examples of both indigenous and introduced plants. It features aquatic plants as well as bonsai trees as well as succulent and other types of plants too numerous to mention. A few benches are scattered about allowing for a short stop or for a long break in the shade. There is... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Delightful garden to while away an afternoon. Easy to locate on foot as it's just round the corner from Church Street. Nice size and with plenty of places to sit and contemplate the plant collection which was varied and interesting.

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Thank Inwood30
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

The gardens are absolutely beautiful, a lovely tranquil oasis. The restaurant however is a painful blister on the splendour. You are not allowed to bring a picnic in, because the restaurant has sole rights to supply food. But the service is not only terrible, it's incredibly slow. We waited 45 min for 1 coffee. Eventually we cancelled it and went... More 

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Thank Simone N
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

The plants around the garden are all well looked after. The succulents in the greenhouses are a joy to behold. I loved the water plants in the pools. Go in winter if you want to see good proteas flowering.

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Thank Gregory P
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Right in the middle of town this is a beautiful, tropical oasis with a restaurant. Food on offer is quite simple and they offer great cakes if you are just stopping for tea, but be sure to take a stroll around the well kept botanical gardens. Orchids in the trees and beautiful lotus flowering in the lily ponds along with... More 

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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I regularly visit this place for a quick scone in the morning, I'm always greeted with a smile and the scones are always fresh and delicious - they never disappoint.

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