Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands

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#2 of 630 in Parks in South Africa
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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  • Visited this on our last day in Cape Town before flying home. So pleased we did. So many different areas to visit and the canopy walk a must. Will definitely visit again. Staff very helpful and friend...  more »
  • Really worth knowing this botanical garden! It has variety of landscapes and is on the table mountain! Highly recommended!
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  • Even though Cape Town is in the middle of a drought, the botanical gardens are still lush. The lawns are being watered and the bulk of the plants are from Southern Africa and are therefore adapted to ...  more »
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  • Loved Kirstenbosch cause it caters for all your needs. It's perfect for relaxing if you're looking for a quiet place with the sound of nature. Lot's of open spaces for kids to play around and walk around discovering different plants or birds or anything interesting. You can take great pictures here,my favourite place for pictures is the tree canopy walkway and it has an amazing view of the mountain. There's also a natural spring and Apparently the water is good for drinking, not so sure though. There's restaurants and cafes for food and coffee. The summer concert are also my favourite.
  • Truly breathtaking and peaceful place to visit. Kirstenbosch is quite large and you should plan ahead to spend some time here. According to the signs on the grounds you are allowed to walk, hike and jog. No animals are allowed. We spent about an hour and a half there and could only experience a very small part of Kirstenbosch. Take your time and look at every small plant. You will find some very striking gems hidden in the undergrowth.
  • A must see for anyone who enjoys nature and all it brings. It was breathtakingly beautiful and just an overall amazing experience. There were lots of trails and paths for hikes as well as an amazing tree canopy. I absolutely loved every single moment there. You get so consumed by nature and are truly one with the wild.
  • The gardens are one of the gems of cape town. They are massive and back directly onto table mountain so it is great to walk through them up onto the mountain where one can do from tame to extreme expeditions. The gardens are incredibly well maintained and spacious enough to absorb the many visitors so it might feel busy at times but seldom hectically crowded. Lots of wildlife - have seen serious snakes on several occasions.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a must see for any tourist with a love of the outdoors and beautiful plants and gardens. The snake path is a highlight and is world class. Make sure you give yourself time and wear suitable walking shoes or sneakers, because you can have a wonderful adventure exploring all the pathways. The coffee shop serves divine cakes and milkshakes, teas and coffees. The breakfasts are sumptuous. My carrot cake was divine and the helpings huge. I love the experience time and again. I also attended the Cat Stevens concert which was held there recently and which was an unforgettable experience. Watch out for their weekend picnic concerts. Highly recommended!

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