Franschhoek Wine Valley

Babylonstoren Garden Tour

The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the Babylonstoren farm. The design was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which for centuries supplied ships sailing between Europe and Asia with vegetables and fruit. It also makes a playful nod to the mythological Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Those were (possibly erroneously) thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.

INSPIRATION

Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure It features over 300 varieties of trees alone, thousands of plant species. Curiously, everything planted in the formal section has edible or has medicinal value. The fruit and vegetables from the garden are harvested all year round for use in our two farm-to-fork restaurants.
The garden divides into 15 sections that include vegetable patches, orchards of fruit, nuts, fragrant indigenous plants, ducks and chickens, bees for pollinating, a prickly pear maze to wander through and a palette of trees of historical or botanical significance.

Gravity feeds water from a stream via rills into the garden, flowing through ponds planted with edible lotus, nymphaea lilies and waterblommetjies (a local winter flowering water plant beloved in stews and salads).
There’s a Healing Garden with species said to cure an array of ailments (not all medically guaranteed, like those for a pining heart!). Also human sized, woven ‘nests’ from whence to view birdlife. Then a splendid succulent collection and the Spice Garden – which tells the story of the spice trade with the East, and exhibits the main spices.
Along the edge of the garden, a natural stream flows from the Simonsberg mountain to the Berg River. In the shade of wild olives a collection of some 7000 Clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring.

BABYLONSTOREN GARDEN TOUR

• Daily Garden Tour
Starts at 10h00 in front of the Farm Shop. One of our experienced gardeners will be your guide on this tour, during which guests are encouraged to pick, taste, smell and touch while walking through the garden.
• Special Collections Tour
Come on the daily guided walk from Monday to Friday at 11h30, to discover Babylonstoren’s special collections. Depending on the time of year, guests will be taken to see the succulent collection, the cycads next to the stream or for a walk through the Healing Garden.

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.

ENTRANCE FEES

When visitors come to Babylonstoren, whether it’s for lunch or a garden tour, an entrance fee is required for access to our 3.5 hectare garden which is the heart of Babylonstoren.

WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
R20 per person
R10 per child

WEEKDAYS:
R10 for all

Free entry for RHS members.
Please note: Closed on Christmas Day

GUIDED VISITS

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

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

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • This is a working farm with lots of feathery friends, so please leave your pets at home. Guide dogs welcome.
  • The farm is a paradise for children! Our beloved donkeys live opposite the Farm Shop. We invite our young guests to help feed the donkeys and explore every corner of our garden.
  • If you’re coming on a bus, please let us know in advance.
  • Parents with prams and guests in wheelchairs, kindly note that all pathways in the garden are gravel and in some areas covered with peach pips.
  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat in summer and wellies plus an umbrella in winter. A famous Swedish proverb holds: There ain’t no bad weather, just the wrong clothes.
  • Note pathways in the garden are gravel and in some areas covered with peach pips and not ideal for high heels.

 


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  • 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
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Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • 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.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za