Visiting Times

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Weekends and public holidays by appointment.

Entrance fees
Adults: R120pp
Garden groups & pensioners: R100pp
Children (<16): no charge

Please contact us for
group bookings
+27 (0)21 866 1133
or email

Parking at Old Nectar is not available for very long buses. Please arrange for your visitors to the Old Nectar gardens to be conveyed in buses not longer than 7 meters. Buses up to this length can be parked on site.

The Gardens

The renowned Old Nectar gardens outside Stellenbosch, 35km from the Cape Town International Airport, have been open to the public for over sixty years and are visited by garden lovers from all over the world through the four seasons of the year.

Set among the magnificent sandstone mountains ranges of the Jonkershoek valley, 7km from the centre of Stellenbosch, the Old Nectar gardens are the creation of Una van der Spuy, the doyen of South African gardening.
Una created these gardens during the 71 years that Old Nectar was her home; from 1941 to her death in 2012, aged 100.

The gardens at Old Nectar extend over two hectares, comprising of a collection of individual garden areas, each with its own character; the Front garden, the Rose garden, the Pergola garden, Kennieís Bench garden, the Waterfall garden, the Millstone terrace and the newly developed Indigenous garden and Woodland terrace garden. These gardens are set among 200-year oak trees.

Disclaimer: Visitors to the Old Nectar Gardens do so at their own risk and the owners of the gardens and the property accept no liability for accidents or injuries to visitors while on the property, however and whenever caused.

The Manor House

The Old Nectar Cape Dutch-style manor house (1815) with its magnificent front and end gables, overlooks the gardens from its raised vantage point.

Built in the late 1700ís to early 1800ís, with its high ceilings of hand-hewn yellowwood boards and beams and the slender windows with their original wooden sashes and fittings.

Though a private family residence, by prior arrangement, it is open to visitors who wish to experience the ambience and harmonies of this classic Cape Dutch-period building.

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