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.

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 on: 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 with 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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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.

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 – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

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