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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  • Kirstenbosch is a picture perfect piece of nature. The grounds are emaculat and relax you while walking throughout. The gardens cover a large area. Take a stroll and bring a picnic to have out on the ...  more »
  • Did this as part of a day tour so did not get to spend very long here but what we did see was really nice and well set out, flowers were very pretty.  more »
  • This place is magic. So incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Even though we did not go at the time the flowers were really in bloom it was still so perfect. We went the store and packed a picnic with a ...  more »
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  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The gardens are situated in 528 hectors of land on the slopes of Table Mountain.It is one of the greatest Botanical garden of the world. Also the only park totally devoted to preserving of indigenous flora and vegetation. It has over 7000 plant species from Southern Africa. It is a World UNESCO heritage site. Right at the entry gate there is a beautiful statue of a Cheetah hunting an Antelope. To give dramatic action look, sculptor has shown antelope at the end of a tree trunk and Cheetah at the base. Looks great . There is another beautiful statue if Cheetah sitting on a tree trunk. There are lots of small and big statues spread throughout the park. Walk through the park on well maintained walk ways is real pleasure and soothing. Walking over the swaying Snake bridge was a novel experience as you stagger around as if a bit tipsy ! It is a Tree Canopy curved Walkway constructed of steel and timber It winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the garden. it is a low-maintenance structure. The snake bridge takes the visitors from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Town. Spent enjoyable time.
  • It is a great place for the family and for peace and quiet! It is tranquil and peaceful! This is an awesome place for nature lovers where you can get in touch with your nature side. It is well maintained and looked after! The staff are wonderful, cheerful and friendly! Well recommended.
  • This place is paradise and you have to go if you haven’t been. The garden is huge and once you’re inside there is lots of information everywhere and it’s easy to navigate. But make sure that you’re adequately prepared for the various trails. I would recommend you take a picnic with if you are going with friends or family. If you’re just going for a walk make sure to apply lots of sunscreen, wear a hat and take water (even though there are drinking fountains).
  • Went to a music show by an international artist. Sound was great. Surroundings also very beautiful. Huge trees. Beautiful botany. The area where the show was, is a non smoking area, clearly stated, however, people still smoked. Outside that area people were smoking and it was overwhelming. At a national park, specially in nature, surely people should be breathing fresh air.
  • Very peaceful space set against the backdrop of Table Mountain. It's versatile as you can go for the views, mountain walks, food or simply to take it all in. Pretty cosmopolitan, but for concerts, the demographics falls to a homogeneous group - which is a pity. It's safe and despite the terrain, there's decent access for wheelchairs
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