This post is a bit of a moral dilemma for me. I started this blog to share all the good things. Buuut… if I share this… you’re all going to crash my new favourite spot. I have decided to put your needs above mine and share my hidden gem of the year. On a really miserable winter weekend we headed through to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. We called on our way through thinking it might be closed because of the rain. They were still open and apparently the rain hadn’t started yet. We were a bit anxious that we were going to be stuck in the middle of the gardens in a torrential downpour!! However, we got so lucky with the weather as the rain poured down as we got in the car to leave the gardens!
The gardens are absolutely incredible and were all the more dramatic for the moody weather! I am a huge fan of Dylan Lewis’s work. He is famous for his giant cat sculptures but it was wonderful to see his movement towards human figures and his earlier works involving birds. If you’re a fan of Dylan Lewis’s art I would highly recommend a visit. And if you’ve never heard of him before it is still a brilliant way to explore a South African artist. And the gardens are definitely incredible in their own right. As I thought I had discovered my favourite spot in the garden – I found more and more favourites!
The Beautiful Gardens
One of my personal highlights of the gardens were the quotes scattered through the route whether hidden in the water, on benches or blown up larger as signs along the pathways. There were some really beautiful quotes that were so insightful and inspiring. I have a few I’d actually like to look up and print out to read through again and again.
Entrance to the garden is by appointment only which helps keep the numbers down and ensures you have a peaceful and personal experience in the garden. Large tour groups and crowds of people would completely ruin the experience. This does mean the gardens come with a higher entrance fee of R140 per person. However I do believe it is worth the spend and I will be heading back to enjoy the gardens in summer soon!
If you’re looking for more beautiful gardens to explore I would recommend a visit to Babylonstoren. And if you’d like to see more of Dylan Lewis’s art in the “wild” then Delaire Graff is a great wine farm to visit!
- Location: End of a private road in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch. (Just type it in Google Maps and follow the signs)
- Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am til 5pm
- Contact details: 021 880 0054 or their website