Kirstenbosch Gardens

Description

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.


It comes as no surprise that Kirstenbosch has been voted one of the world’s top picnic spots by National Geographic Magazine. The rolling lawns, over 7 000 plant species and indigenous plants and the rugged slopes of majestic Table Mountain all add up to an experience like no other.


Picnicking on the lawns has become a national pastime, particularly when the summer sunset concert series packs the concert lawn to capacity. But even in the winter months, on a sunny day, the blankets and baskets roll out as families enjoy the heritage and beauty that makes the Garden so special.


“We rank up there with the world’s top seven botanical gardens and being recognized by one of the world’s top magazines is a proud moment”. said Curator Philip le Roux. See travel.nationalgeographic.com.


The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country.


The Visitors' Centre includes an information desk and various retail outlets and a nursery. The Centre for Home Gardening has outlets for plants and other services to support the home garden. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops at Kirstenbosch.


On Sundays during the summer months from December to March, musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns. Craft markets are also held at the Stone Cottages (opposite Kirstenbosch) on the last Sunday of every month (except June, July and August).


Physically challenged visitors should contact the information office in advance to book a wheelchair or one of the golf cart/shuttle tours.


A number of trails lead through natural forest and fynbos surrounding the developed garden. A map is obtainable from the Information Office for a small fee.


Open 365 days a year 08:00 – 19:00 (September to March) and 08:00 – 18:00 (April to August).


Directions

Drive along the De Waal Drive (M3) and turn into Rhodes Avenue (M63), close to Newlands.

Kirstenbosch Gardens Map

In and Around

Accommodation near Kirstenbosch Gardens

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1,420
1 night, 2 adults

Klein Bosheuwel Guest House

Sleeps 8 Constantia Self-catering, Constantia Bed and Breakfast in Constantia
0.74km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

The Constantia Valley, one of the historical and cultural hearts of the metropolitan area of Cape To...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Appian House

Sleeps 13 Newlands Bed and Breakfast in Newlands
0.91km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Appian House is a leading B&B located in the stunning suburb of Fernwood/Bishop’s court. We are five...

from R470
1 night, 2 adults

Fern Cottage

Sleeps 2 Newlands Self-catering in Newlands
0.97km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Fern Cottage is a small but functional unit located in Moss Street off Rhodes Avenue and within walk...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Green Valley House

Sleeps 9 Constantia Self-catering in Constantia
1.15km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Green Valley House is where the old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side by side with al...

from R1,350
1 night, 2 adults

Southern Light Country House

Sleeps 20 Constantia Guest House in Constantia
1.29km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

In perfect composition of energy and tranquility, Southern Light Country House is set in the elegant...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Canterbury House

Sleeps 8 Bishopscourt Guest House, Bishopscourt Bed and Breakfast in Bishopscourt
1.42km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Situated in exclusive Bishopscourt, Canterbury house has easy access to all Cape Town has to offer. ...

from R26,000
1 night, 2 adults

La Montagne

Sleeps 12 Bishopscourt Private Home, Bishopscourt Bed and Breakfast in Bishopscourt
1.49km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Accommodation is for up to ten adults and two children in two suites and four large bedrooms, all en...

from R5,000
1 night, 2 adults

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Sleeps 82 Constantia Hotel in Constantia
1.52km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

This elegant hotel situated in the heart of the Constantia Valley is next to the world famous Kirste...

from R6,900
1 night, 2 adults

Constantia Views

Sleeps 8 Constantia Heights Self-catering in Constantia Heights
1.55km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Constantia Views is a beautiful and luxurious home in Upper Constantia, close to the beautiful Cecil...

from R6,400
1 night, 2 adults

Bishopscourt Villa

Sleeps 10 Bishopscourt Guest House, Bishopscourt Self-catering in Bishopscourt
1.64km from Kirstenbosch Gardens

Nestled against the slopes of the Table Mountain National Park, this luxurious villa offers great co...

 
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