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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  • Beautiful botanical garden close to the centre that deserves to spend a few hours. This garden is beautiful and perfectly strange.
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  • If you like visiting gardens.... well worth a visit. Huge place, with amazing plants and bird life. Great treetop walkway winding up in the canopy. We visited outside of summer - but could imagine the...  more »
  • If you live in South Africa or visit, the gardens are a must visit. Pack a picnic basket and go early. Stay the whole day exploring the amazing gardens with hidden spots that will leave you breathless...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens. It’s quite a large area, and hilly, but well worth the effort. Easy to get to, not to far from Cape, and usually more than enough parking. The variety of plants is impressive and interesting. And as you’re enjoying the horticultural beauty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the range of birds around! Such a fun day out. And rest assured, there are a few good options! We had a small meal at the restaurant which was very nice. Recommended.
  • The most relaxing garden, although on hot summer days there isn't ample shade spots, it is always worth going for a walk in the garden or to take a picnic. If you interested in botany , all plant species are efficiently marked. No gazebos chairs or umbrellas are allowed to be brought into the gardens. Some evenings Galileo open air cinema show casing movies on a big screen - very romantic! There are different sections like the sculpture garden or the bonsai display
  • Wonderful place. So many things to explore. You minimum need 2,5 hours to go through the place. Take your time. Entrance fee is around 7€. From the back side you can climb table mountain. Bring some food and enjoy while having a lovely picnic in kirstenbosch. Or come on Sunday for open air concerts in the evening. There are also several open air movie nights.
  • 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.
  • Astounding place! Really well looked after as everything is lush and green. There's a ton of gorgeous views of the mountains, spots to throw a blanket on the grass and have a bit of a picknick too. There's also a lot of little pathways, nooks and crannies to explore. The wide variety of indigenous plant species was a treat, as well as a few "centenarian" trees. I highly suggest you spend several hours in Kirstenbosch as it is massive! Overall, fantastic botanical gardens 🌳👌
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