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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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Botanical wonderland

Kirstenbosch ranks up there with the Royal Kew Gardens, the Jardim Botanico in Lisbon and perhaps even the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (which I confess to never having seen). Even... read more

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Kirstenbosch ranks up there with the Royal Kew Gardens, the Jardim Botanico in Lisbon and perhaps even the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (which I confess to never having seen). Even though we first visited Kirstenbosch many years ago, this time was completely different. And variety is something Kirstenbosch doesn't lack. Top of the list of course are the incomparable proteas... More 

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A wonderful botanical garden on the slopes of Table Mountain. If you find yourself in Cape Town and looking for something different to do, a visit to Kirstenbosch is definitely in order. A very well maintained garden, showcasing many of the indigenous and endemic species of fauna in the country and the region. Extremely well laid out and impeccably maintained.... More 

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The Botanic Garden was established in 1913, it is known internationally for its cultivation and preservation of South African flora, there is restaurant, shop and nursery which sells indigenous plants to the public, guided tours are also available.

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We went in their winter so not everything was in bloom. However, everything was beautiful and the views were amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was definitely one of the highlights of our Cape Town visit. You could spend all day but we did perhaps 2 hours. No matter how much time you have is worth the visit. Make sure to go on the canopy

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Lovely gardens which were a pleasure to wander round.Lots of colour & the proteas especially were lovely

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was our second visit here and I can say I would be ready for more at any time. This botanical garden enjoys magnificent setting near the eastern slope of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch Gardens were "bequeathed to the Nation" by Cecil Rhodes, who died in 1902 but it was Professor of Botany Henry Pearson who was truly the father of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful gardens, very peaceful, right on the side of the mountain, you couldn't get a more scenic spot. Very educational with lots of information about the plants and flowers, as well as an unexpected dinosaur exhibition. You can take a picnic or eat and drink at the lovely restaurant there. Perfect for families, couples or individuals looking for some... More 

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The gardens themselves are beautiful and there is lots to see. We climbed table mountain from kirstenbosch and went up the skeleton gorge. The route itself is good fun, initially starting in the forest and then eventually breaking out in to the mountain higher up. As you would expect, great views once you break out on to the mountain. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by the gardens at the end of September and it was a perfect time. Flowers were blooming and the weather was gorgeous. There is a lot to explore so we wandered around for a couple of hours. The whole garden is really well kept. You don't need to be really into flowers and plants to enjoy the beauty.... More 

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