Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
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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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Knyzna1
Knysna, South Africa92 contributions
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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Carolyn F
Saint Charles6 contributions
May 2022
The day we visited started out cold and rainy, transitioned to sunny and warm, returned to a bit rainy. It was beautiful. Loved the Tree Canopy walkway and the blooming Proteus plants. So many different plants to view that are not seen in my area of the USA. If you are a plant/flower lover, this is a must. Also just a wonderful, peaceful place for a walk.
Written May 31, 2022
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Roberta F
Woollahra, Australia36 contributions
Dec 2019
These gardens are well worth visiting and allow lots of time to wander around. There are concerts in the evening, which we didn't see, but I would think they would be lovely. There are lots of places to sit and take in the beautiful views. It was highly recommended to us as a 'must do' in Cape Town and we're so pleased we went.
It's part of the Hop On Hop Off open top bus route and allow lots of time if you want to make the most of the gardens.
We hopped off the bus and decided to get an Uber back to our hotel. Please note it's quite a long way out of Cape Town so we waited for 25 minutes for the Uber. Ubers are really cheap so it wasn't expensive but the waiting time can be longer than in the city.
Written January 30, 2020
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Trish515
Farnham, UK98 contributions
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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James whitehouse
1 contribution
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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Alski
11 contributions
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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Kent_UK_Travellers
Dartford, UK6 contributions
Feb 2020
This was not our first visit but as usual it did not disappoint, so having visited many times this review is more tips to get the most out of your visit.
1) Kirstenbosch is on the side of Table Mountain so many paths are on a slope which could prove difficult if you’re in a wheelchair or have reduced mobility but not so bad if you’re pushing a child’s buggy.
2) There is a motorised buggy with guide that leaves on the hour from 10:00 to 15:00, it needs to be booked. Easiest way to do this is book when you buy your entrance ticket - the combined cost is under £10 (R160) per person - so excellent value when compared to the cost of visiting other national gardens around the world. It is popular and your guide will take you all over the gardens pointing out what is in flower as well as interesting plants and facts, and, of course, you can ask questions.
3) There are two entrances to Kirstenbosch, the upper entrance and car park is to the right as you drive in but the hop on hop off buses do not go up to this entrance only the main lower one. The upper entrance gives fantastic views over the gardens and the tea rooms are near this entrance.
4) If you’re not South African (we’re from the U.K.) don’t expect a British style park with blooming flower beds, there is always something in bloom at Kirstenbosch but you may have to look for it, There are garden walks/tours - join one and you’ll see so much more (these are free).
5) The tea room at the top of the gardens is excellent, fantastic food.
Written February 12, 2020
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David R
London, UK807 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This was great fun as it gave us the best of both worlds. We got to see the stunning gardens which we had seen a TV programme back in the UK with Monty Don the well know gardener. He visited Capetown area and featured these beautiful gardens in his programme.
On this particular day they hosted a music concert with a local group/ DJ called Goldfish. It was a sold out concert and apparently is always a sell out. The stage set up is very clever and points out to a hilly area of wide open space where we found a comfortable place to sit down on our blankets towels etc. People come totally prepared with picnic baskets, food , wine , beers etc. Holding 1000’s of music lovers it started around 5pm and went on till around 7-15pm when everyone is kindly asked to leave as the park needs to be cleared by 8pm.
It all clears very quickly and everyone seems to know how important that is and there were no issues.
Just a little difficult finding your taxi or cat pick up and getting back onto the main road because of the amount of visitors and cars. But a great venue and the music got everyone on their feet and dancing. I can see why this is such a success as the gardens are fantastic and you can come here easily for the day and then stay on for the concert.
There is a bridge walk within the gardens and great Table Mountain views as a backdrop.
Written January 8, 2020
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TheScribelers
Horsham, UK160 contributions
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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Alyson O
Stratford Upon Avon145 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
I agree with other reviewers here about the lack of flowers. Put some colourful winter bedding in!! No colour at all which is inexcusable. Without colourful shrubs, plants and flowers this place is just an arboretum. No excuse. Very disappointing. Please sharpen up your act! You could start by taking a look at the gardens of the Palazzo Pallavicini on Lake Maggiore and see what would grow.
Written March 26, 2022
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