Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Klapmuts Simondium Road
South Africa
Simondium, 7670


12 acres

00 27 21 863 3852

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Opening Hours

9am–5pm, daily (except 25 Dec).


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Toilets


  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Terry de Waal

With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountain as a backdrop, Babylonstoren in the Drakenstein Valley sits at the heart of the Cape Winelands. This restored Cape Dutch farm dates back to 1692 and is renowned for its magnificent garden with pergolas, gravel pathways and water canals. 

Diversity is a trademark of this garden. It includes vegetable patches, orchards of fruit and 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. It features more than 300 cultivars of trees alone and thousands of plant species. 

There’s a Healing Garden, a splendid Succulent House, the Kitchen Garden planted with a variety of seasonal vegetables as well as the Spice House where tropical plants thrive. A collection of some 7,000 clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring, while rose towers covered with fragrant varieties and an aromatic chamomile lawn bloom in early summer. 

After spending the day exploring the gardens, sipping a glass of wine in the Tasting Room, rejuvenating in the Garden Spa or devouring delicious local cuisine, guests can rest their heads at the Farm Hotel. With its thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces, the hotel promises to give guests an authentic farm stay experience. 

Plants of special interest

  • Cacti & succulents
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.