US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

The US Botanical Garden is situated in the historical centre of Stellenbosch and main purpose of the garden is educational.

The garden is widely regarded as an open-air laboratory and serves as a centre for training, science, conservation and recreation. For this purpose rare plants have been imported from all over the world, and contact with international students, scientists and botanical gardens is regarded to be important.

The garden therefore contains both indigenous and exotic plants. One or more plant groups are always being cultivated for research.

Hothouse at the US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

As the garden is small and compact (only 1,8 hectares), it has to focus mainly on miniature plants such as succulents, herbs, dwarf shrubs, bonsai and pot plants.

This enables one to view, within a short period, an enormous variety of plants from across the globe.

Bonsai exhibition at the US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

The US Botanical Garden is not only used extensively by students and anybody who want to get some peace and quiet, is welcome to visit.
There are many benches to sit down and enjoy some silence!

US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

Biobuild Centre

Organic and environmentally friendly products, unique to Africa can be purchased in the BioBuild Centre (gift shop).
Products are displayed along with examples of the plants from which the products are made.

The Biobuild Centre at the US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch


The Katjiepiering Restaurant boasts a "rainforest patio" where light meals and salads from the interesting menu may be enjoyed.

On cold winter’s days you will be treated to traditional soups, stews and scrumptious pastries and cakes.

Katjiepiering Restaurant at the US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

Useful Information:


Open 08:00 - 17:00 daily


021 808 3054

Cnr Neethling and Van Riebeeck Streets, Stellenbosch

Biobuild Centre

Open 09:00 - 16:00 weekdays
Closed weekends

021 808 3054

Katjiepiering Restaurant

Open 08:00 - 17:00 daily

021 808 3025

Entrance to the US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch

Entrance to US Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch.

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Die Braak
Die Braak is the village green that was once used for military parades and festivals.

Dorp Street
The oak-lined Dorp Street has the longest row of historic buildings in the country.

A church was built in the Neo-Gothic Architectural Style. This is the second oldest congregation in South Africa.

Moederkerk, Stellenbosch

Oom Samie se Winkel
An old shop restored to resemble the trading stores of old. Tel: 021 8870797.

Sasol Art Museum
This museum is housed in the US museum and houses a permanent collection of over 3000 art works belonging to the University.

Stellenbosch Wine Route
The oldest Wine Route in South Africa. Enjoy fine wines and great food.

Toy & Miniature Museum
The museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls, cars and cuddly toys.

You will also see an extremely detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa 's famous Blue train.

Van Ryn's Distillery and Brandy Cellar
Here you can get an insight into the history and development of brandy in the Cape area.
Also view the distillation process and witness coopers making maturation barrels in the traditional manner.

Village Museum
The Village Museum comprises of four houses each representing a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch.

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