Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Where? Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

When? Open daily, 365 days a year.
Summer from 08h00 to 19h00 (September to March)
Winter from 08h00 to 18h00 (April to August)

How? Call +27 (0)21 799-8783

Overnight? See Newlands accommodation, Southern Suburbs

Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The Kirstenbosch 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. The Kirstenbosch Visitors' Centre includes an information desk and various retail outlets and a coffee shop. The Centre for Home Gardening has outlets for plants and other services to support the home garden.

On Sundays during the summer months from December to March, musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns at Kirstenbosch. Craft markets are also held at the Stone Cottages (opposite Kirstenbosch) on the last Sunday of every month (except June, July and August).

Volunteer guides conduct tours of the Garden from Monday to Saturday at 10h00 and 14h00. Group bookings and special interest tours can be arranged with the Information Office (Telephone +27 (0)21 799-8783).

A club car also runs daily mini-tours on the hour from the Visitors' Centre. (please enquire about the costs). Pre-booking is advisable, (+27 (0)21 762-9120).

A number of trails lead through natural forest and fynbos surrounding the developed garden. A map is obtainable from the Information Office for a nominal fee.

Attractions & Facilities

The Botanical Society Conservatory

The Botanical Society Conservatory enables Kirstenbosch to display South African plants which cannot be grown in the outdoor gardens. Here, under one roof, you will find plants from high mountain peaks, shady forests and hot, dry deserts. The main house, dominated by a large baobab tree, features succulents from the arid regions of southern Africa. Special collections of bulbs, ferns and alpines are displayed in smaller corner houses.

Peninsula Garden

The Peninsula garden displays some of the 2 500 plant species found in the Western Cape.

The Water-wise Garden

The Water-wise garden Demonstrates how to create a garden which needs far less water and maintenance than a conventional garden.

The Fragrance Garden

The Fragrance garden features plants with interesting textures and scents.

Medicinal Garden

Find out about the many medicinal uses of South African plants.

The Dell

The Dell the oldest part of the Garden, featuring Colonel Bird's Bath, tree ferns and a variety of shade-loving plants.

The Protea Garden

Protea garden features members of the protea family (Proteaceae). This part of the Garden is most magnificent in winter and spring, when the proteas, conebushes and serrurias are in flower. Pincushions provide a colourful display in early summer.

The Restio Garden

The Restio garden focuses on the incredible variety of texture and form found in the reed family (Restionaceae).

Useful Plants Garden

The Useful Plants garden is an extension of the Medicinal Plants garden.

Van Riebeeck's Hedge

Van Riebeeck's hedge was planted in 1660 to protect cattle of the Cape colonists.

How to get to Kirstenbosch

There is a bus service to Kirstenbosch from Cape Town and Mowbray Stations. To check the latest times, call the Information Office for details. See numbers above. 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.

Popular Activities in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway


A steel and wood canopy stands in amongst the trees of Kirstenbosch. Erected to celebrate Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden's centenary the 'boomslang', as it has become known, rises from the ground at a gentle incline to carry visitors out...

More info and contact details: Kirstenbosch Tree Canopy Walkway

Kirstenbosch Garden Centre


The Kirstenbosch Garden Centre stocks a variety of bulbs, trees, shrubs, flowers, succulents, groundcover, fynbos, climbers, and more. There is also compost, insecticides, fungicides, and fertilisers that have no adverse effect on the environment...

More info and contact details: Kirstenbosch Garden Centre

Moyo at Kirstenbosch


Moyo at Kirstenbosch is offering their special taste of Africa for all visitors at this popular restaurant. With an extensive menu offering modern sophisticated African cuisine you'll be sure to have a fantastic dining experience. The menu...

More info and contact details: Moyo at Kirstenbosch

Did you know?

The Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is one of the Cape’s most well-known tourism draw cards, as well as being a favourite with locals as a picnic spot.

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