Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

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Hailed as the country's oldest botanical garden, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden shelters an enormous collection of both indigenous and introduced plant species. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, the garden serves an educational purpose and serves both the students and the general public. Look for bonsai trees, ferns, succulents, insectivorous species, and medicinal plants, then head to the visitor center to purchase books, seeds, and various garden-related products or to the restaurant in the middle of the garden. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden and many more Stellenbosch attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Stellenbosch trip maker app .
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  • Nice for a stroll through. Loved the Lilly ponds. Nice shaded restaurant. Lovely keylime cheesecake.  more »
  • Passage in Stellenbosch to visit this garden, we stroll there with pleasure even if you know not much in Botany, walkways meander through different thematic areas, do not miss the basins to the giant water lilies (beautiful) as well as the collections of bonsai (250-300) one of the nicest we have seen. 1 hour for the tour, more for lovers, low entrance, difficult parking fee.
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  • GO AGAIN: Yes! Even with the drought, this is a most beautiful garden. Within walking distance from downtown.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing area. It's incredible what's in the small area of this garden. It's beautiful and mesmerising. Worth a visit
  • It's a small area filled with manicured and beautiful plants as well as a flow of people. Walk one direction and you reach the busy street and another you reach a busy restaurant. There is no where to escape and listen to the birds, or relax and read a book. The plants are all very interesting but you are surrounded by cameras and security. If you are looking for a place to go for a run this isn't it, or if you want a private picnic, it's disappointing. If you want a restaurant with interesting and beautiful plant life, an entrance fee and tight security then you will have the right expectations.
  • R10 Entrance for non-students. Free entry for students with a student card. Plenty of benches and green lawns for a picnic. Restaurant inside as well.
  • It's difficult to believe there is so much in this modestly sized botanical garden in the centre of Stellenbosch. It has the biggest bonsai collection in Africa with about 200 trees, the oldest having become bonsai more than 80 years ago. The garden has several sections or biomes, including tree ferns, water plants, succulents such as the fascinating plants that look like stones and flower briefly but lavishly once a year, and their opposites in the luscious tropical plants greenhouse. There is also a food garden as well as rockery with plants from different arid areas. Entrance is R10 of which R5 is a voucher for the restaurant or the shop which sells plants, books with a plant theme and a good range of organic products from the area. Well worth many visits.
  • A beautiful botanical garden in the middle of town. There are benches and grass plains all over the premises which make it perfect place to just sit and relax. Walk through the gift shop and be sure to visit the bonsai section. If you are fortunate to be in the garden at the right time of year you'll also be treated to a sight of water lilies in bloom.

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