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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch is South Africa's most famous botanic garden. And beautiful garden with the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil's Peak is a place where you can find more than 22 000 native plants.

Kirstenbosch is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. In the world there are only six Floral Kingdoms of which the Cape Floral is the smallest but perhaps the most remarkable because it is entirely within one country.

Kirstenbosch was created in 1913 to protect the lush floral world of the Cape. This 528-hectare wonderland is magnificent in every season. Paved paths provide pleasant walks and information boards provide information about the trees and plants that you encounter. A free walking tour is at 10:00 and visitors can also take a tour for an hour with a golf cart (which comes on top of the entrance) for ± R50 each hour.

The glass conservatory is home to plants from different parts of South Africa including a huge baobab tree. If you want to go back in time, and we are talking about 3.2 billion years, then a visit to the Gondwana Garden is a good example. Here, plants are presented that were present when there was only one continent on the planet Earth.

The cycad garden shows you plants from different families, some of which have their origin from 200 million years ago. The Fynbos walk takes you through the special overgrowth of vegetation that is unique to the Cape Floral Kingdom and so decisive for the Western Cape. In the garden you will find plants with medicinal properties that have different uses.

If you are a hiker and you like a brisk, energetic walk, there are two paths that are perfect for you. The Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine are hiking trails that wind their way up to Table Mountain. You must be really fit here and embark on this walk early.

In a beautiful garden where trees shrubs and flowers opulent flourish and grow naturally you will also find beautiful birds (125 species have been counted), dragonflies and butterflies. The small mammals are less likely to be seen, these are common around sunset and sunrise, it is best to go when it is quiet and certainly not too hot. The frogs and snakes like their rest and are harder to find but definitely stay in this Garden of Eden.

After a day of lingering in Cape Town the most special and beautiful garden you can relax in is the Kirstenbosch Tea Room at entrance two (open from 08:00 - 17:00) or go for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Moyo restaurant (open from 09:00 - 21:00). For delicious coffee and a snack, you can go to Vida e café at entrance one.

Between December and March there are outdoor concerts on Sundays from 17:30 to 19:00. Bring a picnic basket of goodies and Cape wines while enjoying great music.

From the end of February 2014 there is a new attraction in the botanical garden, a walkway between the treetops. This walkway that has a maximum height of 11.5 meters, gives you a different view of the trees and plants and you have a beautiful view of inter alia the eastern side of Table Mountain and the southern suburbs of Cape Town from there. The Boomslang aerial walkway is 128 meters long.

Opening the Kirstenbosch Gardens
April - September: 08:00 - 18:00
September - March, 08:00 - 19:00

Free walking tours Mon - Sat 10:00

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