Franschhoek Wine Valley

Babylonstoren Garden Tour

The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the Babylonstoren farm.  It was inspired by the Company Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia.  It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon.

INSPIRATION

Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure.  Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically as we can.  Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in our restaurant.  The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze.  Gravity feeds water into waterways from stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.

MEANDERING WALKS

Following the bell tower axis, the old cellar axis or the Babylonstoren hill axis, walks span over three kilometres in the garden.  During spring, 7 000 clivias bloom down by the stream, where a secluded path runs in the shade of wild olives and oaks.

OPENING TIMES

Wednesday To Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00
All entrance fees are donated to the Babylonstoren Trust
Price: R10.00
Open Wednesday – Sunday for day visitors.
Every day of the week only for guests staying at Babylonstoren

GUIDED VISITS

To make a reservation email us on:enquiries@babylonstoren.com

Or call us on + 27 (0) 21 863 3852 between
08h30 – 17h00 (GMT+2)


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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

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