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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

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From 1999 to 2002 I studied at the Stellenbosch University.  On the last day of our long weekend in October 2016 I decided to show my husband the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden.  I visited it a few times as a student but did not have a camera to take photos.  We also used is as a short cut to get from the hostel to the shopping centre.
We parked the car near the Dutch reformed Mother Church and walked across the street to the garden.   It is open to the public and admission was free. (From January 2017 a R 10 entrance fee will be charged)


This is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa.  The University Council allocated the current site for the Botanical Garden in 1921.
It is a beautiful garden.  There is a lot to see in the small area.  This includes BonsaiWaterlily Pond4 GlasshousesVegetable en herbsBeautiful old treesFernsInsects and squirrels

·    We spent about an hour taking pictures and walking in the garden but could have stayed another hour or two. There is lots of b…

Butterfly World

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The second day of our visit in Stellenbosch was a Sunday.  We decided to have a relaxed day with a bit of shopping and then lunch at the Blauwklippen Market.

On Monday we decided to visit Butterfly World.  It was easy to find and there was lots of parking.  The entrance fee was a bit expensive (R80 per adult) but at our son (under 3 years old) could enter for free. 

I was expecting different rooms with butterflies but all the butterflies are in one tropical-garden greenhouse of about 1000 m2.  There are paths through the plants and the butterflies fly around from flower to flower.  It is very warm and humid to give the best environment for the butterflies but it takes some to get use to it.  Since we did not know what to expect we took JW’s stroller with us.  On some places it was a bit difficult to push the stroller but most of the paths were stroller friendly.


My husband almost the whole 2 hours of our visit inside the tropical garden taking photos of different butterflies.  The butter…