University of Stellenbosch
not so far from the madding
This magnificent Botanical Garden is an undiscovered gem in the historical core of Stellenbosch,
a town full of character and old world charm. The Garden enables one to view, within the span of an hour, an
enormous variety of plants, many rare, from across the globe. Exotic foreign plants share the garden with
indigenous varieties in a tranquil atmosphere. It is the oldest University garden in South Africa and
operates independently from the national network of Botanical Gardens
The garden is impeccably maintained and boasts 3 glasshouses. It has a koi fish pond with lotus
lilys, and a japanese garden, arboretum and herb garden.
As the main function of the Garden is education, all kinds of interesting plants are being
cultivated. Among the many plants that visitors can enjoy are: exotic aquatics, tropical orchids, fascinating
insectivores species, amazing cacti, succulents from the Karoo and Namaqualand, economic and medicinal
plants, Welwitschias from the Namib desert, some of the oldest Bonsai trees in South Africa and many others.
The Garden covers only 1,8 ha but has an exceptionally rich concentration of plant species, all arranged and
landscaped in a aesthetic pleasing way.
The Garden concentrates mainly on dwarf plant varieties, on account of limited space. Larger
trees and shrubs dominate the landscape, giving it a very special ambience and atmosphere. It is therefore a
wonderful cool haven to escape to during the Cape’s hot summer days. The Botanical Garden also provides the
ideal setting for professional photography, small conferences, functions etc.
Open: Daily 08h00 – 17h00 (except
some public holidays)
Tasty meals – In or Outdoors.
Open: Daily 09h00 – 16h00 (Winter) 17h00 (Summer)
Tel: 021 8083025 or 082
BioBuild Centre: The Botanical Garden’s salespoint where
seed, books, organic, bio and eco-friendly products unique to Africa are being
Open: Weekdays 08h00 – 16h00