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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands 7700, South Africa
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+27 21 799 8899
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is...

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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Pleasant introduction to Cape Town

We arrived in Cape Town after long flights and were looking for a non-taxing but pleasant activity as we recovered. Our stroll around the Gardens fitted well. We visited on a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived in Cape Town after long flights and were looking for a non-taxing but pleasant activity as we recovered. Our stroll around the Gardens fitted well. We visited on a Sunday morning and enjoyed seeing so many extended families using the Gardens. There is an excellent tea house which was well priced and provided a good range of tasty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Been to many parks around the world, but this one caught me by surprise. Lovely flower beds and grass fields. There's an outdoor stage for Sunday concerts. A tall bridge for you to see the treetops. Huge, amazing!

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Brackenfell, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

kirstenbosch is a must for anyone visiting Cape Town, It was one of the first places we enjoyed 35 Years ago and i have been back time and time again Not to be missed when in the mother city

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Hout Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We know Kirstenbosch do summer time concerts. These are advertised in advance so everyone knows in advance. Yesterday's concert was to start at 17h00 so we thought we could enjoy the splendid fauna and sounds of nature there until then. Whilst on a trail entitled 'sounds of the forest', the bands started doing 'sound checks' at aroung 14h30. Except these... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Kirstenbosch gardens are a great place to visit and unwind. We love coming here to have a picnic on a weekend. If you visit during summer, make sure to check the website as there are concerts most Sunday evenings, that have a great atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't grade excellent very often, but I enjoy visiting botanical gardens and this one was brilliant ! We visited as part of a day tour but it was really a day trip on its own! The setting is breath taking with the mountains at the back and the city below. A large garden with so many things to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice garden to walk in.Big and diverse and depicts plants of that area.Does not have a lot of flowers like rainforest gardens.Great restaurant to eat lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I attended the Sunday concert which was so great! This location is stunning, I’d choose a laid back concert so you can sit on the hill and relax. The concert is on a hill which slopes quite heavily to the right, which has the effect of you having to have your legs facing one way to stop you tipping over... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

How lucky we are to have this magnificent place on our doorstep. The whole family has been walking and meeting here for as long as I can remember. My sister and I walk the Contour Path every Saturday and say hello to our parents who's ashes are scattered up there (as will ours be) and then we have a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must for anyone visiting Cape Town. I ma embarrassed to admit that this was my first visit to Kirstenbosch since being in Cape Town for 17 years. I saw amazing sun birds taking the nectar from proteas, beautiful.

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