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Our February wanderlust is motivated by Cape Town’s mesmerising sunrises and sunsets.

Spending time outdoors in natural surroundings holds significant benefits for both mental and physical well-being. The tranquility of nature serves as a powerful antidote to stress, fostering relaxation and a sense of inner peace.

We are incredibly fortunate to have access to some of the most stunning and diverse gardens in the world. From vibrant floral displays to tranquil oases, these gardens offer a glimpse into the rich biodiversity and natural beauty of the Cape.

Here are a few must-visit gardens that promise an unforgettable experience.

Gardens in the City

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

One of the jewels in the Mother City’s Crown, and one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch is renowned for its remarkable diversity of Cape flora. Spanning over 36 hectares, Kirstenbosch showcases the rich floral diversity of South Africa’s Cape region. Experience the Boomslang Tree Canopy Walk, followed by a picnic, and end your day with a Summer Concert.

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The Company's Garden

Dating back to the 17th century, the historic garden in Cape Town, established by the Dutch East India Company, now serves as a peaceful urban retreat with manicured lawns, ornamental ponds, and heritage buildings, offering visitors a chance to admire indigenous plants or explore the South African National Gallery. For a unique experience, gather friends or family for an Amazing Race through the Gardens, discovering hidden gems and experiencing the city’s rich history in an on-foot adventure race.

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Green Point Park and Biodiversity Showcase Garden

The garden, established for the 2010 Soccer World Cup within the Green Point Urban Park, showcases over 300 local plant species, interactive displays, and animal sculptures across three themed areas: people and plants, discovering biodiversity trail, and wetland walk. It serves as both an educational site emphasizing Cape Town’s biodiversity conservation and a welcoming space for families to enjoy quality time together.

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The Chart Farm

This historic farm spans over 12 hectares with attractions including an English-style rose garden, grape vines, lemon trees, farmstall, coffee shop, and horse riding, 6 000 rose bushes, the fragrant and expansive rose garden offers a uniquely Capetonian experience with its surrounding vines and mountains, providing a stimulating and relaxing. You can pick your own roses or select from freshly picked ones, with provided secateurs and buckets available at the farmstall – an activity suitable for all ages.

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Township Food Gardens

Non-profit organizations like UthandoFeed the KhaltshaIkhaya Gardens, and Abalimi Bezekhaya link tourism with community development by fostering projects that uplift disadvantaged communities through initiatives like organic vegetable gardens, aiming to supply food and empower residents. Get involved directly through Uthando Philanthropic Experiences, offering authentic engagement with community upliftment efforts, or by donating directly to support these initiatives.

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Gardens in the Winelands

Vergelegen Estate

Vergelegen Wine Estate

Vergelegen Wine Estate and Gardens boasts over 300 years of history and offers a sensory journey through award-winning wines, historic architecture, and sprawling gardens, where visitors can wander among ancient trees and tranquil water features. Enhance your experience with an Environmental Tour or a Heritage and Gardens Tour featuring historic landmarks, followed by lunch at one of the estate’s restaurants or a picnic in the forest.

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Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens

Escape the bustle of Stellenbosch in one of South Africa’s oldest university botanical gardens, this hidden gem features a diverse array of indigenous and exotic plant species across themed sections; from fragrant rose gardens to towering cycads and serene water features. If you do not feel like dining at one of the many restaurants available in Stellenbosch, the Picnic Lawn in the Gardens is available to while away the afternoon.

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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

Located in the scenic Stellenbosch Winelands, Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden presents the captivating works of renowned South African sculptor Dylan Lewis amidst the surrounding natural beauty, seamlessly integrating monumental bronze sculptures with the landscape. The Sculpture Garden is well worth the visit any time of the year, but in Spring (Sept-Oct), the garden truly comes alive.

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Babylonstoren Garden

The garden features 15 clusters including vegetable areas, fruits, nuts, citrus, berries, herbs, and more. Every one of its 300+ plant varieties is edible or medicinal, harvested year-round for two farm-to-fork restaurants, while indigenous wild olives flourish along a natural stream, and 7000 clivia lilies bloom each Spring. Choose between their daily guided garden tours at 10am or opt for a special collections tour from 11:30am where you will discover their special collections and meet their expert gardeners.


Adene’s Farm Flowers – a flower farm in Wolseley renowned for growing beautiful flowers and foliage – has established a new micro-farm spanning half a hectare on Val de Vie Estate. Conveniently situated on the road that leads to Kinder Ark school and at the rear of the ViLLAGE deli, residents are invited to pick their own flowers from the net house.

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Picturesque view of the Old Nectar Gardens

Picturesque view of the Old Nectar Gardens

Reminders of Special Seasons

West Coast and Overberg Spring Flowers Showcase – August to September – nature’s vibrant spectacle with the annual bloom of West Coast and Overberg Spring Flowers. From the iconic Namaqualand daisies painting the West Coast with their vivid hues to the delicate blooms adorning the Overberg region.

The Annual Open Gardens Festival takes place from 15-17 November this year and offers a unique opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape’s botanical wonders which unlocks the gates to private gardens, allowing visitors to wander through a diverse array of landscapes, from lush estates to charming suburban oases.

In this article
  • Introduction
  • Gardens in the City
  • Gardens in the Winelands
  • Gardens to visit by special arrangement

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