Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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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  • I joined a virtual tour of this Botanical Garden with Heygo and the guide is Kirfara (or Kirsten). He is passionate about showing us the flora and fauna in this garden. This garden is situated on...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds, a very nice way to soak up nature at low cost. Many unique plants to see, including a collection of very, very old bonzai trees, and the boomslang canopy walkway was quite the...  more »
  • Myself and group of friends really enjoyed a day out to Kirstenbosch gardens, beautiful scenery, fresh air and stunning flowers just everywhere. A dime of a place.  more »
  • Amazing and fascinating botanical gardens, with a stunning backdrop, what a wonderful legacy for the world. One of many benefits from that visionary man Cecil Rhodes. (not all that he did was distasteful in a short life). Well laid out and labelled gardens, many exquisite and rare specimens. Great tree top walk. Use the free guided tours, volunteer supported and very interesting insights.
  • I have been there 2 days ago, for the first time. This place is magical and peaceful. I walk for 3 hours and wasn't enough to explore all the garden. You feel safe inside there, there's security and workers in every single corner but, at the same time you have your privacy. Excellent place to go alone if you like to enjoy your own moment but, with friends or family the experience can be unforgettable. I had a delicious meal at Tea room after my walk. I highly recommend this place🤩
  • Unbelievable botanical garden in Cape Town! Absolutely one of the top attractions in the city. The gardens are extremely peaceful and offer great views of Table Mountain. The gardens are well kept and great to walk around or even have a picnic. This is the is one of the nicest public gardens I’ve ever been to. My wife and I visited in February 2020. Do not miss this one!
  • One of the best Botanical gardens around. It's a must do as a local or a tourist. There is tons to see and experience and they have catered well for the disabled, wheelchair access and a trail specifically for the visually impaired. Please note there are no bins so you'll need to take your trash out with you. There is lots of parking however it does fill up fast when there is a concert
  • Kirstenbosch offers amazing views and plenty of space for picnics. Just pack a blanket and snacks and you’re good to go. You can walk around for hours looking at the beautiful gardens - that are well maintained and clean. I have also been here for the Open Air cinema which is always a treat. There are many stalls to purchase food and drinks, although the lines get quite long.

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