Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
4.5
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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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2-3 hours
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Taylor. Ali
Bar Harbor, ME123 contributions
Jan 2022
Stunningly kept gardens with great trails to walk and flowers to see. I love that family come with games and picnics and sit under the shades of trees for the afternoon. What a fabulous was to enjoy the day. The stage for music of film events is set up and ready to go. Haven't been there yet but I will. Loved this place for peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. Many thanks to all the staff that keep it looking the way it does.
Written 24 January 2022
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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 15 January 2022
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Melanie A
14 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited the gardens and glad we did. The staff is friendly and helpful, its clean and well kept, the smell of fresh greenery did wonders
Written 7 January 2022
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Janet v
Hermanus, South Africa975 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Really beautifully kept gardens! The immaculately manicured lawns make great picnic spots and the little streams refreshing for adventurous little feet. The restaurant serves a good breakfast.
Written 30 December 2021
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holidayRH
South Africa1 088 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Review of Kirstenbosch gardens hike Cape town
On route of the red city bus tours.
Beautiful greenery and views as far as the eye can see.
Lovely picnic spots.
Family friendly.
Numerous hiking challenges for different fitness levels.
Restaurant on site.
Safe parking.
Written 28 December 2021
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ManOutTheBush
Yarm, UK25 contributions
Dec 2021
This is not a review of Kirstenbosch gardens, which are beautiful and stunning, but of the new pricing policy for non-SA residents.

As a South African expat living and working overseas in the UK, we have been coming back to Kirstenbosch for years and paying the same equitable price as everyone else. From a personal perspective, my Kirstenbosch visits must total in the high tens over the last 3 decades - I have probably visited in some form (ranging from quick breakfast to picnic, to long walk) at least around 50 times to date.

There seems to be this mindset in South Africa that "oh hey look, rich foreigner", forgetting that in large, the cost of living between RSA and e.g., the UK is very similar as a proportional factor of disposable income.

The policy change grates even more because I had previously been paying into the SA tax system for over a decade and thereby indirectly supporting Kirstenbosch.

So for our family of 5 from the UK with two "adult" kids (youngsters in tertiary education but not SA students), we'd be hit with a whopper of an entrance fee, that local friends attending with us would not. £45 odd for the privilege of having a picnic in the gardens....um, no thanks.

Well, just FYI, it may work with some "foreigners", and good luck to you Kirstenbosch, but this is one expat/foreigner who is not going to be taken for a ride.

Time was in days gone by, when I have been out here on extended periods of work, I have OFTEN popped into Kirstenbosch just to have a nice breakfast at the cafe, because the price was reasonable, and felt glad about doing it because I'd been contributing more to Kirstenbosch coffers.

There's an old saying: a carrot works better than a stick. The same price as everyone else is paying locally makes me feel that we are not being singled out for "tourist milking". You, I am afraid, have jumped the shark here with us "foreigners" being singled out for a whopping 150% tax on top of the standard fee.

That's multiple entry fees and hundreds in potential restaurantant purchases you've just kissed goodbye to from THIS particular "foreigner".

ON PRINCIPLE, if we see differential pricing, we will refuse to use that establishment, even one as eminently worthy as Kirstenbosch.

I doubt that this review will make much difference to the policy wonks at Kirstenbosch or SANBI, but I am sure I cannot be the only one who feels this way.

Additionally, when one can visit Babylonstoren or Spice Route or one of the other equally amazing venues around the Cape for free and then choose what you'd like to purcahses in the food/beverage range, IF you want, without penalty, Kirstenbosch kind of becomes redundant.

As they say "besta luck and goodbye".
Written 28 December 2021
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Kerry K
San Francisco, CA14 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a remarkable place where you could spend hours. Truly one of the best botanical gardens in the world, featuring the unique flora of the Cape. The Tree Canopy Walkway is very cool, seeing that side of Table Top above the trees. It's huge. No matter how much time you budget, you will wish you had more.
Written 23 November 2021
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WorldWonderer
Burbank, CA5 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
I kind of expect more than a great view, I wish I spend this day differently, maybe going to wine county. Baobab was a highlight.
Written 20 November 2021
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Ciaran B
2 contributions
Nov 2021
Home to a huge variety of plants and views, it could take years to explore everything! It was the only place we planned to visit on our trip everything else was spur of the moment
Written 15 November 2021
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Abdullah B
Kuwait City, Kuwait6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Didn’t expect it to be this gorgeous
Huge area with spectacular views
It got unique collections like the fragrance garden, useful plants garden and pretoria flower agrden.
Don’t forget to go to the Tree canope bridge which offers spectacular view over the garden
Written 3 November 2021
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