Kirstenbosch is an important botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of ten National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes and administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Prior to 1 September 2004, the institute was known as the National Botanical Institute.
Kirstenbosch places a strong emphasis on the cultivation of indigenous plants. When Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 to preserve the flora native to the South Africa’s territory, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos, at a time when invasive species were not considered an ecological and environmental problem.
Dne Murray | Mar 24, 2018
Beautiful gardens. It’s quite a large area, and hilly, but well worth the effort. Easy to get to, not to far from Cape, and usually more than enough parking. The variety of plants is impressive and interesting. And as you’re enjoying the horticultural beauty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the range of birds around! Such a fun day out. And rest assured, there are a few good options! We had a small meal at the restaurant which was very nice. Recommended.
Team Phillips Realty | Mar 9, 2018
The most relaxing garden, although on hot summer days there isn't ample shade spots, it is always worth going for a walk in the garden or to take a picnic. If you interested in botany , all plant species are efficiently marked. No gazebos chairs or umbrellas are allowed to be brought into the gardens. Some evenings Galileo open air cinema show casing movies on a big screen - very romantic! There are different sections like the sculpture garden or the bonsai display
Nancy Engel | Mar 30, 2018
Wonderful place. So many things to explore. You minimum need 2,5 hours to go through the place. Take your time. Entrance fee is around 7€. From the back side you can climb table mountain. Bring some food and enjoy while having a lovely picnic in kirstenbosch. Or come on Sunday for open air concerts in the evening. There are also several open air movie nights.
Lelo K | Jan 12, 2018
Loved Kirstenbosch cause it caters for all your needs. It's perfect for relaxing if you're looking for a quiet place with the sound of nature. Lot's of open spaces for kids to play around and walk around discovering different plants or birds or anything interesting. You can take great pictures here,my favourite place for pictures is the tree canopy walkway and it has an amazing view of the mountain. There's also a natural spring and Apparently the water is good for drinking, not so sure though. There's restaurants and cafes for food and coffee. The summer concert are also my favourite.
Jenni-Lee Silver | Mar 16, 2018
Astounding place! Really well looked after as everything is lush and green. There's a ton of gorgeous views of the mountains, spots to throw a blanket on the grass and have a bit of a picknick too. There's also a lot of little pathways, nooks and crannies to explore. The wide variety of indigenous plant species was a treat, as well as a few "centenarian" trees. I highly suggest you spend several hours in Kirstenbosch as it is massive! Overall, fantastic botanical gardens 🌳👌
Bridget Flood | Apr 27, 2018
My favourite place in CT. Kirstenbosch is beautiful. Take time to walk and chill in this stunning garden. My only complaint is that I find the map and directions inside the park confusing. So I prefer to just wander around and see whatever I happen to find. Take water, a snack and maybe something to read and just spend the day chilling in this stunning place. I have been there with my husband and again alone. I felt 100% safe on my own as long as I stayed on the public paths. I tried to venture onto the more secluded paths alone but then thought better of it. Absolutely stunning place, one of my favourites.
Nina Heinemann | Apr 19, 2018
Oh what a beautiful place it is. Calm, huge and wide, inspiring, and totally worth every Rand! Try to combine a visit with one of the famous Summer concerts. It’s worth it. Bring your own food and drinks, watch the sun go down and relax while your favorite musicians plays and sings. Amazing!
Shaun Ferreira | Apr 23, 2018
Kirstenbosch is one of those places you can't help but enjoy, the gardens are always well maintained and the setting is something you have to see set in a lush environment. There are some good attractions, our recent visit was for the last of the summer concerts which is an event everyone should experience at some point, they have a large variety of shows available throughout summer. If you just want to have a private picnic and chill, this is the place to go.
Daniel Gustafsson | Jun 10, 2018
Gorgeous place. You can easily spend more than one day here if you want to see all of it at a leisurely pace. It's a good place to bring kids. Bring a picnic or buy one in the restaurant. I also noted that most areas are wheel-chair accessible. The whole are feels clean and safe. A great little escape from the hustle of Cape Town. Absolutely recommended.
Mo Mo | May 20, 2018
Kirstenbosch is a national gem! A cousin to the British Kew gardens, Botanists from the UK went over to help create it. Absolutely stunning and well manicured gardens with the most diverse plants. Worth doing the guided tour as the local guides are incredibly knowledgeable detailing uses for plants and telling you about the medicinal uses of some including the cancer Bush. Do the tree canopy walk as it is a unique experience to walk between the trees and you are likely to see some cool wildlife too. The indoor conservatory has some wonderful plants. There is a wonderful gift shop which even has sculptures you can have shipped internationally. Highly recommended a visit.
Gregory Viljoen | May 27, 2018
Lovely place for picnics, great views over Cape Town. Nice hikes. In general a great 'out doorsy' day trip! Great place for kids. Summer sunset concerts are a must, pick your artist and vibe away! Also some wheelchair access to some parts of the garden and wheelchair friendly ablutions. I enjoy going there on in general.
Bob Iles | May 14, 2018
This is a wonderful garden, historical planting and new. The pathways are wheelchair friendly and there is also a tour on a buggy for an extra cost with friendly staff. There is also a restaurant and shop. The blue route tourist bus stops here and it's well worth hopping off to have a look. There is an entry fee, at time of posting this was just over R60.
Sedick Jones | Jul 9, 2018
Had a fantastic visit with guests from South America. Views absolutely stunning and the weather playing it's part as well. Went on the 1 hour golf cart tour of the gardens, which was another WOW experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew every plant, flower and tree by heart. Definitely do this when visiting the gardens, especially if you're not the walking type or have problems with your knees. There's an additional charge for this mini garden tour, because it's optional, which either means you do it or you don't. But i personally highly recommend you do this golf cart tour, if you need more info and history on the Gardens.
Peter Taylor | Jul 17, 2018
What a lovely place to just chill and take in the tranquility of the beautiful surroundings. Stunning garden with a large variety of indigenous plants and bird life. The garden of extinction is also very fascinating by taking you into the past with dinosaur sculptures. The treetop bridge is another must see in the gardens. Looking down on the trees with the mountains in the distance is nothing but breathtaking ❤️
Lee Goldschmidt | Jun 20, 2018
Great place to enjoy with the family. Even as resident you can't go wrong. Lovely for picnics and walks on solid paths. Great for the whole family. The annual pass is very reasonable if you are coming more than once. Our kids love it and so do we.
Ali Bodill | Jul 6, 2018
An incredibly place to visit in Cape Town. It is great for avid hikers, plant and bird watchers as well as families and friends wanting to enjoy a picnic or simply explore the expansive grounds. Each time we visit we explore and find somewhere new to enjoy. Firm favourites with the kids are splashing in the stream, climbing the 'Octopus tree', enjoying the dinosaur statues and playing in the dell. Kirstenbosch gardens is kept in immaculate condition and a must visit for all those who spend time in Cape Town.
Sedick Jones | Aug 4, 2018
Had a fantastic visit with guests from South America. Views absolutely stunning and the weather playing it's part as well. Went on the 1 hour golf cart tour of the gardens, which was another WOW experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew every plant, flower and tree by heart. Definitely do this when visiting the gardens, especially if you're not the walking type or have problems with your knees. There's an additional charge for this mini garden tour, because it's optional. If more info on the Garden is needed, then do the golf cart tour.
Robert Griffith | Aug 10, 2018
One of a kind plants can be seen here. Plan on at least two hours to see the grounds and enjoy the views. I could have spent the entire day walking the grounds and taking photos. Don’t miss the Nelson Mandela Bird of Paradise plants that were developed here in the botanical garden.
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