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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands 7700, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 799 8899
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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A Nice park with many endemic plants

Winter wasn't the best season to visit this garden as very few proteas were blooming but it's a Nice place to spend a couple of hours. Families come for a picnic Time with young... read more

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Cayenne, French Guiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Winter wasn't the best season to visit this garden as very few proteas were blooming but it's a Nice place to spend a couple of hours. Families come for a picnic Time with young children, happy to run on the grass barefeet. Very interesting if you are fond of flowers and plants from this area. A Moyo restaurant, a tea-room... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Because it was winter, we went concerned about lack of flowers etc, but the gardens were a delight. The gardens were well laid out and well signed. The variety and depth of specific vegetation types was excellent. The gardens were intensively managed and manicured. The snake bridge was very good and even in a drizzle and bit of wind, was... More 

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St Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came here during the winter, but everything was still beautiful and very well taken care of and maintained! Beautiful location and views.

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Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a great view of all garden when i came on boom-slang tower. the garden its amazing with thousands of flowers.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Kirstenbosch lays out a magnificent display of the unique Cape floral region, which contains something like 6,000 species found nowhere else, including the many "fynbos". The garden does a great job of preserving and presenting this unique collection in a large, interesting garden. The garden is roughly divided into themed areas of different plant groups, including the impressive tree-top walk.... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We only spent about 1,5 hours here, before we headed off to another booked-in-advance adventure. We went early and it paid off; no queues to pay entrance, the gardens were quiet, and we parked really close to the entrance. Our sole intention was to walk the "Boomslang" treetop walkway, and on the way back to the gate, we detoured through... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent virtually the whole day here and really enjoyed it. Caught a Red Bus, which I think is the most cost effective and enjoyable way to go. The vistas are second to none to anywhere I’ve been, with endless photo opportunities. I like that there is a mix of natural and manicured areas with neither predominant. Being thrifty, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No trip to Cape Town is complete without a walk around the magnificent gardens at Kirstenbosch. It is also very conveniently located close to excellent guest houses, restaurants and the wine farms of Constantia are just down the road. The gardens contain a diversity of flaura that is unmatched in the world and that is the exciting thing with beautiful... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is such a beautiful place to take the family when the weather is good. The kids were running around, climbing trees and playing in the small rivers. The place is safe, clean and huge. We love having a picnic and relaxing will the kids have their own fun.

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Latham, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gardens are quite large, but our trip was in late fall, which really reduces the amount of flora to see. In addition, we were on a tight schedule and spent less time than we could have. The walkway through the canopy was the real highlight and the surrounding mountains are very picturesque. The trees of the Camphor Avenue should... More 

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