Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

These world-renowned gardens are dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous plants of Southern Africa, and are beautifully situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. As many as 6 000 different species are grown here, including ancient cycads and many species of protea, Erica, pelargoniums and ferns.

Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. Kirstenbosch is South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, and home to over 22000 indigenous plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country

Kirstenbosch is part of the Cape Floral Kindom which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004.

  • The gardens are a colourful blaze of flowers, shrubs and trees throughout the year.
  • Open daily: 08:00 - 18:00 between April and August, and an hour later during the rest of the year.
  • Guides are available to conduct groups around the gardens, and the blind are catered for on the Braille Trail and in the scented garden where aromatic plants are grown.
  • Several interesting geological exposures occur within the Kirstenbosch Gardens.
  • Kirstenbosch also has an active Environmental Education Programme, seasonal highlights, starting with early spring.
  • The Centre for Home Gardening has outlets for plants and other services to support the home garden.
  • In addition, the Kirstenbosch Garden Fair takes place each year in March. Physically challenged visitors should contact the information office in advance to book a wheelchair or one of the golf cart/shuttle tours.
  • A number of trails lead through natural forest and fynbos surrounding the developed garden. A map is obtainable from the Information Office for R2.
  • Summer evenings, concerts are held at Kirstenbosch while audiences picnic on the lawns.

The Cycad Garden shows off a family of plants that dates back some 200-million years and the Fynbos Walk takes one through the fynbos vegetation, unique to the Western Cape and the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Useful Plants Garden has a selection of medicinal plants used to treat a number of ailments.

If you’re a keen hiker, you’ll enjoy two popular paths, the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine, which wind their way up Table Mountain. You’ll need to be fairly fit, and to set aside the better part of a day for both these hikes.

Plant species list
Animal species list

Opening Times:
Daily: April-Aug 08h00 to 18h00; Sept-March 08h00-19h00.
Sunday concerts take place from December through to March from 16h30 to 18h30
Adults R30, children R5

How to Get There

By bus - There is a bus service to Kirstenbosch from Cape Town and Mowbray Station on working weekdays and the CitySightSeeing busses also visit.

By car - Kirstenbosch lies 13 km from Cape Town city centre. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the first traffic light intersection turn right (southwards) into Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch.

Afterwords you can refresh and replenish your energy at the Botanical Café outdoor coffee shop (open from 08h00 to 17h00). There are also several Restaurants at Kirstenbosch.

The Silver tree Restaurant can organize picnic baskets to be enjoyed on the lawns and it serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners. it is situated in the spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the world class Silver Tree Restaurant, Fynbos Deli and state of the art Conference Centre provide a series of venues to suit every occasion. The Silvertree Restaurant also hosts a Winter Concert programme that is also popular with locals and visitors.
Contact Silver tree Restaurant (Kirstenbosch Restaurant)
5 Road Rd, Southern Suburbs 7806, South Africa
Tel: 021 - 762 9585
Fax: 021 - 762 9625
The Silver tree Restaurant on the web:

Contact Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Private Bag X7, Claremont,
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 799 8783
INFORMATION OFFICE: (021) 799 8783
Kirstenbosch Visitor Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 762 0687
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the web:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden