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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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Beautiful gardens on a slope

The gardens were beautiful but were on a slope at the base of the backside of Table Mountain. One of our party had difficulty getting very far into the Gardens because of the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The gardens were beautiful but were on a slope at the base of the backside of Table Mountain. One of our party had difficulty getting very far into the Gardens because of the slopes.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though the weather was unbelievably hot, which certainly curtailed our exploration, our day at Kirstenbosch did not disappoint. Fabulous flora, with Table Mountain as a backdrop. Who could ask for more?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very nice day trip. Well organised. Prepare for the different shorter and longer walks in the garden; from easy to difficult. Worth going to.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very beautiful gardens, well designed and in a stunning location. We took our 4 and 2 year old, but they were a bit bored, so would better suit adults who appreciated nature and scenery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Do visit!! We went early to avoid the crowd and had a wonderful time. Great for pictures! Not expensive and you can have lunch. (We did not; SA is so cheap yet here the prices seemed high)

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We love to visit KBG. It's truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. So much to see and do! Always take visitors as often as we can. Also always enjoy the Summer Concerts. Love the No Smoking rule which just makes sense - why ruin a pristine place with cigarette smoke and butts? That said, please consider going... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens provide a huge contrast to the other side of Table Mountain. This side is wooded, has a different profile and has, at the bottom, these gardens. The boomslang tree walk (included in the price) is very good. There are a few words of warning - necessary when you review the negative reviews here... - It is steep -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There was so much to see and experience and so little time to absorb and contemplate. These are highly enjoyable gardens with a variety of gardens within gardens including a "Fragrance Garden" and Braille Trail. Advertised as The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa and one of the greatest botanical gardens of the world, I guess few would disagree. As it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here on our last day and just loved the tranquility of the place. Very informative with the differing areas (extinct plants, fragrant plants etc), sculptures, canopy walk etc. The place is littered with families / friends / gatherings having picnics around the park, which just helped the overall relaxed and chilled vibe to the place. Add to the place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We joined the free guided tour and it gave us a great introduction to the gardens, which were majestic in February if not at their most colourful.

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