Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Type: Nature, Hiking, Flowers, Birds
Time needed: 2 Hour(s) to 1 Day(s)
Opening TimesThe Garden is open every day of the year from 08:00 - 19:00 (September - March) and from 08:00 - 18:00 (April - August).
Booking DetailsNo booking needed, a small entrance fee is charged apon entry. The entrance fee is R32 for adults and R20 for South African students with student ID cards.
Set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of cultivated garden. The gardens are a celebration of South African flora, showcasing only indigenous South African plants, and are admired and appreciated by visitors the world over. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns intermingle with streams, ponds and shady groves and each season brings new colours and highlights. Well-laid out pathways traverse the gardens making for easy strolling or a more strenuous walk and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular and well worth the effort. Of special interest is the Braille Trail through an indigenous herb garden, Lady Ann Barnard's bath, the Camphor Walk as well as a collection of rare cycads. In addition a great variety of birds inhabit the gardens from guinea fowl to tiny sunbirds. Whether for a casual stroll, a strenuous walk or a lazy picnic, the gardens are a must-see when visiting Cape Town. In summer Sunday sunset concerts are held on the lawns and facilities at the gardens include a restaurant, tea room, nursery and gift shop. Guided walks are also available.