Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Stephanie M
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views. Worth a visit!
    This place is BEAUTIFUL! We only had 45 minutes here and we wish we had planned for more time. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the views, given I am not normally into gardens. So many lovely plants, incredible landscaping, canopies, and gorgeous views. Many cool displays. Give yourself a few hours and get lost in beauty.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • mollyQuel
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Beautiful gardens. Amazing scenery. We visited on a day which had a few showers but was mostly sunny. At one point we could see the rain in the mountains while it was dry where we were stood. It looked amazing. was such a great experience - like being in a planet earth documentary!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • smvNYC
    New York City, New York359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top attraction
    We found the botanica garden to be a beautiful place, set in a gorgeous natural area on the slope of Table Mountain. While it was winter, there were still plenty of planths with flowers and we were particularly excited to find the King Protea in bloom. We drove to it but the garden is also on the Hop on Hop off bus route.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • QW Teo
    Singapore, Singapore120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tranquil park
    The park is beautiful against the backdrop of mountains. There were plenty of birds and we manage to see mother ducks with their ducklings up close. A very good place for a picnic too. Entrance fee was 220 rand per adult.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, United Kingdom2,104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expecting more but still good
    We did enjoy our visit but we were expecting more variety in trees and flowers, considering it is one of the 7 botanical garden wonders of the world. Felt like it was a bit lacking. We still enjoyed ourselves but it didn’t live up to expectations.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • TravelingFamilyTrip
    Chicago, Illinois209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the world's top botanical gardens
    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the gardens. I just went on my own and believe I hit all the highlights over a couple hours. I would have liked to have more time to enjoy this garden, as there are plenty of trails to explore. They have a nice selection of plants that are endangered (of extinction) and had nice signage explaining what was unique about the plants and why they were in danger. Their display of cycads was realy enjoyable. In October, a lot of flowers, like the king proteas and pincushions, were blooming and were just gorgeous, but the non-flowering plants were also really nice to see.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Kristina R
    121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real magic garden
    Simply beautiful. An enchanting garden at the base of a magnificent mountain. Such a diverse array of plants. I especially loved the protea garden and the endangered/threatened garden. Do visit the cafe for English tea for two.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • IndySig
    Indianapolis, Indiana4,119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Protea wonderland.
    Birds, flowers, gardens and a great restaurant. Oh we had such a wonderful time here in the gardens. We hiked several of the trails and had a large pitcher of mint lemonade after our exploration. Such an amazing gardens to visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Matars_Z
    Washington DC, District of Columbia624 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As close as you get to heaven
    Heaven. This is what I thought all the hours we walked the grounds, and marveled at plants, flowers, the mountains, the way the sun came and went, the insects, the birds and many many sounds. We've been in endless beautiful gardens all over the world, but something about this place, as you climb closer and closer to the mountain seems beyond all. Simply magnificent.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • Nina C
    Surrey, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous gardens
    We took a taxi from our hotel to these gardens and spent 4 hours there. They are stunning, and some of the boundaries are open and blend into the foothills of Table Mountain. We were blessed with beautiful weather and mid-October was an excellent time of year to visit. We ended up taking hundreds of photos. There are good restaurants and a nice souvenir shop too.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2024
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TheScribelers
Horsham, UK201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Even for non gardeners this is a must visit while in Cape Town. We both walked round - and - took the guided buggy tour. The buggy tour (R85) is great as it takes you right up to the top of the gardens and shows you the place from every angle and the guy that does it, is knowledgable; enthusiastic and mad ... and added bonus.
Written February 16, 2020
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James whitehouse
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May 2021 • Business
As a tour guide who has been taking international visitors to the gardens for the last 18 years i was disgusted to find out today that the entrance fee for international visitors has increased from about R80 to R200 . I have called upon all tour companies to delete the gardens from their itineraries and to make sure their guests are aware of this criminal increase. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Written May 23, 2021
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Trish515
Farnham, UK105 contributions
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Jan 2022 • Family
First day in South Africa, booked a family birthday meal in Moyo Restaurant in Kirstenbosch on Google for 6 people at 16:00.

Got to the venue only to be told we had to pay R200 (£10 each) each to enter the gardens to get to the Restaurant (no notice of this on Google at all).

Staff would not move on this, despite all we had time for was to have our meal before closing time. We asked it we could at least change our tickets to another day so we could at least come back to see the gardens but this was totally refused. Sadly a complete rip off.
Written January 15, 2022
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Globetrotter
Dublin, Ireland155 contributions
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Apr 2019
This is one of those places that you should visit when in Cape Town.
Allocate about 2-3 hours for the gardens and stay
Pack a picnic bag, walk the gardens and the find a place to rest and soak up the environment.
There is a restaurant available serving scrumptious dishes and snacks.
The scones are delicious.
There is parking available. Not sure about public transport.
Entrance fee is rather pricey for locals.
Written March 5, 2020
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zoemarkowitz
New York City, NY118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went in the earlier portion of the day on a Monday and it was a very enjoyable, calm experience. There were families having picnics in the grass under a shaded tree or along the bank of the stream, which was very calming. We saw TONS of the flora for the Cape Region while also getting in a good workout through walking around. There was a canopy walk which was fun to see the tree tops and many photo ops.
Written March 17, 2020
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Ian14_11
Welwyn Garden City, UK193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a truly amazing place that is well worth a half day visit or even longer.

Set beneath the east side of Table Mountain , the gardens seemingly go on forever, full of beautiful plants and shrubs and trees that have been well planted together. There is also an abundance of bird life that accompanied you as you walk. There are many shady benches and small paths and green spaces to picnic. And an abundance of signs to keep you informed as you stroll around.

In addition to this there is a short-ish tree canopy walkway that is very interesting and a sculpture garden with some great stone sculptures.

A really special place!
Written March 10, 2020
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Cormac R
Dublin, Ireland78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I paid a visit to this botanical garden, since it was on the route of the tour bus that goes around Cape Town. You could easily spend half a day in the botanical gardens. There are a lot of walking trails to follow throughout the gardens. There are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink or a meal. The gardens are very picturesque, with a view of the mountains of Capetown throughout the gardens, and a view of the city of Capetown in the Distance. There are many species of plants to see in the gardens, and there is a lot of color to be seen in the flowers that are found in the gardens. There are numerous signs throughout the garden directing you to locations that may be of interest within the gardens.
Written January 14, 2020
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Alski
17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
My wife and I are locals and have visited this exquisitely beautiful destination many times however the gate control service is well below standard. It wasn’t even busy today and there was a long queue that moves way too slowly as only one cashier was on duty.
We’ve also noticed that the gardens look like they need some tender loving care. Weeds a plenty.
Written February 20, 2021
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Max S
London, UK312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful, beautiful and scenic! We spent a couple of hours wandering around admiring all the lush vegetation most of which are unique to this part of the world.

We paid 210 ZAR (approx. £10.00 / 12.00 USD) as an entrance fee which is very reasonable.

The tree canopy walk is a bit short but nonetheless amazing - offering spectacular views over the gardens and surrounding area. It’s also great to pause and sit in the shade on numerous benches provided throughout the garden, to just gaze at all the magnificent plants and flowers and the mountains around.

There is an on-site cafe next to the Visitors’ Centre, if you want to grab a coffee or a bite to eat; also, a tea room serving breakfast, lunch, salads, sandwiches, soups, tea, cakes and desserts (located closer to Gate 2).

Free parking is available at Gates 1, 2 and 3. Gate 1 is the main one - that is where the Visitors’ Centre is located, which we used to enter.

From Cape Town it took us about 25 mins in an Uber which cost 180 ZAR (approx. £9.00 / 10.50 USD).

We really enjoyed it and would definitely come back in future.

[Date of visit: 22/11/2022]
Written November 26, 2022
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Knyzna1
Knysna, South Africa103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Kirstenbosch offers immaculate gardens, a peaceful atmosphere and plenty of trails to explore. Don't forget to bring sunblock and a hat as quite a few areas are exposed. There is a restaurant, tea room and gift shop on the premises, but these are rather pricey. Perhaps enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine with a view before visiting one of the many excellent Southern Suburbs restaurants for a meal instead. That being said, the elevated walkway of the Boomslang Canopy Trail was a definite highlight, and nothing compares to the iconic Newlands mountainscape.
Written February 11, 2022
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