Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on the slope of Table Mountain is and absolute must-see when visiting Cape Town, the very first botanical garden to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Highlights

  • 500 hectares, 2,500 different species of flora
  • First botanical garden in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Don’t miss the Boomslang Canopy Walkway, a 130m-long walkway over the trees in the gardens Arboretum

Description

Enjoy a day out at South African’s most acclaimed national garden. Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, the park offers over 500 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and numerous walking and hiking trails. Experience over 2,500 different species of flora, many of which are found only in the Cape Town region. Roam the Protea Garden, filled with South African’s national flower, smell the plants at the Fragrance Garden and learn about nature’s healing qualities at the Medicinal Garden. The Boomslang walkway, a canopy in the treetops, is a highlight of the gardens, offering a 12 metre high aerial view of garden’s impressive Arboretum.

History

The land that would become Kirstenbosch was used by the Khoikhoi people for cattle grazing for thousands of years. In 1911, the newly established Chair of Botany at the South African College, Harold Pearson recognised the need for a botanic garden in Cape Town. When he was taken to see the land at Kirstenbosch, he knew it was the perfect location. The government then set aside the estate for the establishment of a national botanic garden, and by July 1913 the area was officially on its way to becoming the stunning gardens we have today.

September – March Open Close
Monday 08:00 19:00
Tuesday 08:00 19:00
Wednesday 08:00 19:00
Thursday 08:00 19:00
Friday 08:00 19:00
Saturday 08:00 19:00
Sunday 08:00 19:00
April – August Open Close
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
Saturday 08:00 18:00
Sunday 08:00 18:00

Phone: +27 (0)21 799 8783
Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Advice for visitors

A trip to the Kirstenbosch can easily become a whole day’s adventure. On a sunny day, arrive in the morning to capture the early light in your floral photographs. Throughout the park, there are a number of marked information points, detailing the flora and fauna on display. Don’t miss the Boomslang Canopy Walkway, a 130m-long walkway that winds and dips its way over the trees in the gardens Arboretum.

Did you know

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the first botanical garden in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.