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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.

Long renowned as one of the world’s finest botanical gardens, Kirstenbosch is also unique for being the first public garden of its kind to feature exclusively indigenous plants. The wealth of plant life native to South Africa makes Kirstenbosch a fascinating attraction. More than 7,000 varieties of plant, from the verdant areas around the cape as well as more arid regions, are housed within the garden’s 88 acres (36 hectares).

Wander the well-paved trails through the Aroma Garden and the Herb Garden and make your way to the Fynbos Walk. Fynbos is the name given to the family of plants exclusive to South Africa, and helpful signs along the way explain what you are seeing. Other areas include the Cycad garden, with various varieties of the ancient, palm-like plant on display, and the greenhouse with a huge baobab tree.

Find out more by taking a guided tour. Free walking tours are run every morning, while tours conducted from golf buggies run every hour for a small charge.

Keep your eye out for the permanent exhibition of Zimbabwean stone sculptures and don’t miss the popular concert series that runs every Sunday during the summer months.

Keen hikers may want to tackle the Skeleton Gorge trail, which leads you from the gardens up the eastern slope of Table Mountain. Alternatively, take one of the less strenuous trails in the 1,300-acre (528-hectare) area of protected land that extends beyond the boundaries of the botanical garden.

When it’s time to refuel, a café and restaurant near the entrance serve snacks, salads and larger meals. It’s free to top up your water bottle from the freshwater spring.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the center of Cape Town and there is free on-site parking. Public buses from Cape Town also go to and from the garden, which is open daily, with longer opening hours in summer. There is a small charge for entry.


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Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat House
Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat House

Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat House

Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this historic guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Cavendish Square and Arderne Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat Flat Let
    Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat Flat Let

    Kirstenbosch Gardens Retreat Flat Let

    Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cape Town, this historic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Cavendish Square and Arderne Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Klein Bosheuwel Guest House ¥8,592
      Klein Bosheuwel Guest House

      Klein Bosheuwel Guest House

      51A Klaasens Road, Bishopscourt, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cape Town, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Cape Town and Two Oceans Aquarium. Lions Head and Table Mountain are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Romantic Hideaway With Mountain Views
        Romantic Hideaway With Mountain Views

        Romantic Hideaway With Mountain Views

        Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cape Town, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Arderne Gardens and Cavendish Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          The Scotty Dog Split Unit Cottage
          The Scotty Dog Split Unit Cottage

          The Scotty Dog Split Unit Cottage

          Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Constantia, this romantic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Arderne Gardens and Cavendish Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Arambrook Boutique Hotel ¥34,865
            Arambrook Boutique Hotel

            Arambrook Boutique Hotel

            15 Kirstenbosch Dr, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cape Town, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of Cape Town. Table Mountain National Park and Cavendish Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Kirstenbosch Forest Lodge
              Kirstenbosch Forest Lodge

              Kirstenbosch Forest Lodge

              19A Upper Thistle Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cape Town, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Newlands Stadium. Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                The Last Word - Bishopscourt
                The Last Word - Bishopscourt

                The Last Word - Bishopscourt

                Hillwood Avenue, 18, Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cape Town, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Arderne Gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and University of Cape Town. Cavendish Square and Kingsbury Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km).