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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands 7700, South Africa
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+27 21 799 8899
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is...

Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. The 528 hectares estate includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve. The developed garden displays collections of southern African plants including many rare and endangered species. There are also visitor facilities in the garden including restaurants, a nursery, a gift shop, a bookshop and a permanent Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibition.

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My First Visit to Cape Town and to these gardens - I must go back

I end my day trip of the Western Cape back at Cape Town and in these beautiful gardens.....it was late in the day and evening was falling. This place is beautiful and dedicated to... read more

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Saintfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I end my day trip of the Western Cape back at Cape Town and in these beautiful gardens.....it was late in the day and evening was falling. This place is beautiful and dedicated to protecting flora and fauna of endangered species. THe grounds are extremely well looked after and made accessible to the public. I will have to spean a... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a stop in our included day trip that I thought about skipping, as I was unsure if the children would enjoy it. I ended up leaving it in the itinerary, and I was so glad that I did! Everyone enjoyed the stop at Kirstenbosch. It is beautiful and has amazing views of the mountains! The kids loved running... More 

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Goodwood, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every time i have been to Kirstenbosch I have found new plants, new walkways , the gardens are the best in the world

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third trip to Cape Town and we had already visited the main sights, so we decided to go for a walk in the Kirstenbosch gardens: they are beautiful, very well tended, with a variety of plants and flowers. The treetop walk was also fun and saw lots of birds. There were many families having picnics and kids... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the time we spend in Kirstenbosch, I wish we had a full day to enjoy the gardens and lunch at Moyo. I recommend the 'Boomslang' walkway, the views are incredible. As we were leaving we saw them setting up an open air cinema evening, so I would recommend checking their schedule in advance to see which special... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Without doubt visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens when in Cape Town - and repeat the visit every time you are there. It's glorious in all season and a must-see place. The boomslang pathway is beautiful to walk along and not too challenging a walk. The views are magnificent and parts of it simply take one's breath away. The gardens... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When I arrived in Cape town I was shocked to see how dry it is, many lawns and public parks showed evidence is this and was mostly scorched and dried up such as the lawns at the promenade in Sea point. What a pleasant surprise the KNBG was! I could not believe how lush and green it was - the... More 

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Loved this. Hands down best botanical gardens I've been to yet in South Africa. The views are beautiful in almost every direction! A must for nature lovers.

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Four of us spent a very pleasant morning here. The gardens are extensive and some of the views with the city backdrop are special. Nice gift shop at entrance also. As well as the plants there are a few sculptured pieces about the park also which blends in with the landscape. Worth a visit.

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Okotoks, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This garden should not be missed in Capetown. We enjoyed walking through the gardens and particularly enjoyed the ancient ferns and plants surviving from the age of the dinosaurs!

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