If you are ever unsure of what to do over a weekend that will not cost you an arm and a leg, I will suggest Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens. This is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa, so it is definitely something that we in the Western Cape can be proud of.
Upon visiting the gardens, you will find a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plants for you to admire which are all divided into different themes. One thing that really caught my eye was the beautiful lily pond. There are lots of open spaces and you are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the designated lawns. If you prefer a sit-down meal, however, you may visit the Katjiepiering Restaurant on the premises.
The shop offers beautiful proudly South African (local and regional) products. Be sure to pop in.
The garden has an overall calming atmosphere which is in stark contrast to the bustling student atmosphere surrounding it. Although we may nearing winter there are still lovely sunny days here and there should you decide to get out of the house a bit to enjoy some fresh air in the garden.
The garden is currently open seven days a week from 09h00 – 16h00. The entrance is only R15 and R10 for seniors. Students and Staff at Stellenbosch University enjoy free entry upon presenting proof thereof. Only guide dogs are allowed.
The times may, however, change depending on the Covid-19 regulations in place. It is therefore always best to have a look at their website or to give them a call should you be unsure of the times and days.
Unfortunately there is no designated parking area, but there are off street parking spaces surrounding the garden.
For further information visit their website on http://www.sun.ac.za/english/entities/botanical-garden.