While South Africa’s Western Cape is famed for its historic Cape Dutch farms, there is one that stands out for its garden of other-worldly beauty and scope.
Set at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain, between Paarl and Franschhoek, Babylonstoren boasts a magnificent 8-acre garden that has become renowned across the globe.
Expect to be overwhelmed by multi-sensorial pleasure as you feast on the vibrant colours of the fruit and vegetables, listen to the gentle buzzing of the bees, breathe in the fragrant laws, and enjoy the antics of the ducks, chickens and other farm animals.
The indigenous plants are as awe-inspiring for locals as they are for out-of-towners being introduced to the species for the first time. The landscaping of the 15 different sections is an inspiration to even the most adept gardener, and the secluded paths and majestic trees make for delightfully romantic explorations.