Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Beautiful gardens at the foot of Table Mountain

Founded by Cecil Rhodes in 1895, this landscaped garden at the foot of Table Mountain celebrates the natural beauty of South Africa with a plethora of indigenous plants and flowers, many of which are completely unique to Cape Town.

Acclaimed as one of the most stunning botanic gardens in the world, few can match Kirstenbosch's splendour, largely thanks to its spectacular setting and fantastic backdrop of ocean and mountain. Stroll through the grounds and enjoy the pretty fynbos, proteas, cycads, lush lawns and duck-filled ponds, or sit back with a chilled glass of Chardonnay and soak up a Sunday evening concert during the summer months.

Within the garden there's a large conservatory, dedicated to the exhibition and cultivation of plants from a number of different environments, including savannah, fynbos and karoo. The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – affectionately known as the Boomslang, meaning snake – is a 130-metre raised walkway over the trees which gives stunning views of the garden and Cape Flats. The gardens have distinct areas to explore: from the sculpture and fragrance gardens to the water-wise garden – where you can learn how to grow beautiful plants with less water – to the medicinal garden, which is filled with plants with diverse health-giving properties. With this wealth of biodiversity, it's no wonder this garden is so admired.

Essential Information

  • Ages:  All ages
  • Duration:  Half a day, minimum
  • Useful Information:  opening hours – September to March, Monday to Sunday, 8.00am – 7.00pm; April to August, Monday to Sunday, 8.00am – 6.00pm; Conservatory, Monday to Sunday, 9.00am – 5.00pm