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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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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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Great day out

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 amazingly tasty. I enjoyed it to the full. The garden has a variety of both... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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London
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 sure to be very peaceful!

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Cape Town
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 ambiance of good gardening and appreciation for nature.

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bad thing. Plant labels - I found the majority were in English as well as... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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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

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Reviewed 18 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, but it was packed.

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