Kirstenbosch Garden 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
About Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
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.
The Botanical Gardens 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.
Kirstenbosch Gardens Opening Times for 2019
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Directions to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Advice for Visiting Kirstenbosch Gardens
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.