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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands 7700, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 799 8899
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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From the "enchanted forest" to the collection of proteas (the national flower), from open green lawns to the suspended footpath, this botanical garden is a gem. There's a... read more

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Claudia W
New Rochelle, New York
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New Rochelle, New York
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the "enchanted forest" to the collection of proteas (the national flower), from open green lawns to the suspended footpath, this botanical garden is a gem. There's a fantastic collection of prehistoric cycads, and lovely shaded arcades. The signage is particularly well done- very informative but not intrusive on the beauty of the park. Bring kids (there are metal dinosaurs... More 

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Whidbey Island, WA
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Arriving early before the heat of the day made this a perfect morning. The pathways are well marked and the flora is beautiful. Every way you turn you see something new. As we prepared to leave we noticed how crowded the gardens were becoming. For the best photo ops, arrive before the crowds!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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a beautiful botanical garden on the outskirts of Cape Town accessible by the Blue Route on City Sightseeing Bus great variety of flora with excellent exhibits buy a map at the cashier's and ask them for advice what to look at since it is such a vast garden it is an excellent way of spending 2 hours

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Melbourne, Australia
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical one of the great gardens of the world, both botanically and for landscape values. The grandeur of the slopes of the cape table Mountain are stunning - no are the gardens can hold a candle to the setting. The newly completed tree canopy walk is fabulous offering great views of the garden . The website declares "SANBI’s... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We started our hike to Constantia Nek from Kirstenbosch and used the Rycroft gates toilet facilities Unfortunately the toilets were unclean and the flusher did not work. This was at 8am. On our return 3 hours later we used the same toilets and these were still unclean. Please Kirstenbosch make an effort!

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Saintfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I end my day trip of the Western Cape back at Cape Town and in these beautiful gardens.....it was late in the day and evening was falling. This place is beautiful and dedicated to protecting flora and fauna of endangered species. THe grounds are extremely well looked after and made accessible to the public. I will have to spean a... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a stop in our included day trip that I thought about skipping, as I was unsure if the children would enjoy it. I ended up leaving it in the itinerary, and I was so glad that I did! Everyone enjoyed the stop at Kirstenbosch. It is beautiful and has amazing views of the mountains! The kids loved running... More 

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Goodwood, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time i have been to Kirstenbosch I have found new plants, new walkways , the gardens are the best in the world

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third trip to Cape Town and we had already visited the main sights, so we decided to go for a walk in the Kirstenbosch gardens: they are beautiful, very well tended, with a variety of plants and flowers. The treetop walk was also fun and saw lots of birds. There were many families having picnics and kids... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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We really enjoyed the time we spend in Kirstenbosch, I wish we had a full day to enjoy the gardens and lunch at Moyo. I recommend the 'Boomslang' walkway, the views are incredible. As we were leaving we saw them setting up an open air cinema evening, so I would recommend checking their schedule in advance to see which special... More 

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