Babylonstoren Tunnel

Babylonstoren Tunnel

Photo Caption: Do you know where this cool tunnel is? Hint: It is just outside of Cape Town.

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Babylonstoren, is located in Franschhoek, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. It is a historic Cape Dutch farm which dates back to 1692. With its rich history in farming and trading, it is one of the oldest establishments in the area. The Babylonstoren farm was granted to Pieter van der Byl by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. It covers over 3.5 hectares of vines, orchards, plants, and bushes.

The farm has a formidable nature backdrop – looking out over Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof, and the Franschhoek mountains. At the heart of the farm, is an expansive garden, inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town. The garden is divided into 15 sections which comprise of fruit, vegetables, berries, a prickly pear maze, indigenous plants, bees for pollinating, ducks and chickens, fragrant lawns, and much more. The garden features about 300 plant varieties. The fresh produce supplies the farm’s two restaurants: Babel and the Greenhouse.

Aside from its renowned garden which is fast becoming known as one of the best gardens in the country, Babylonstoren also has a hotel, spa, shop, bakery, two restaurants, and a wine cellar. In 2007, Babylonstoren went through an authentic yet contemporary restoration, maintaining the historic Cape Dutch style. Some old farm structures are still intact, making Babylonstoren one of the best-preserved Western Cape farms.

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