Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands

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Boasting a scenic setting on the slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden remains one of the most popular Cape Town attractions, drawing visitors with its staggering diversity of indigenous and exotic plants. Founded in 1913 and now part of a World Heritage Site, the garden offers a look into five different biomes of South Africa, spread across its conservatory and picturesque exterior landscape. Don't miss the stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, and consider setting off on one of the trails leading to the top of Table Mountain. Use our Cape Town holiday builder tool to visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on your trip to Cape Town, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A beautiful garden, very well maintained and huge size. From there you can locate different way on table mountain. We are from there also table mountain climbed high. It was simply indescribable. I can only recommend it!
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  • Even though we visited Kirstenbosch during the South African winter, it was beautiful. There is so much to see here that we could not take it all in within one visit. If I lived in Cape Town, I would ...  more »
  • We visited here but we should have aloud ourselves more time as it is beautiful. This is autumn but would imagine it is even better at different times of year. There is a restaurant and coffee place t...  more »
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  • Worth a visit from time to time. Gardens are well maintained. There are just so much to see that one can't even try to begin mentioning them all. Just make sure you've set aside a lot of time to enjoy this place. Rushing through here doesn't do it any justice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to hang out with family. So much to see and so much space for a family pick nick and kids to play. We really enjoyed chilling there. There is a fine restaurant if you need a good deal after a long walk.
  • 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 ❤️
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