Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Price guide: Budget

Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7700

Price guide: Budget

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
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Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Soak up the serenity and beauty of these indigenous botanical gardens.

This incredible city lung is one of our greatest assets and I thank my lucky stars that the people who set it aside had the foresight to do so. With its proliferation of local flora (a whopping 7,000 species) showcasing the diversity of the Cape floral kingdom, rolling lawns that go on forever, pockets of tree-shaded privacy for picnics, streams for paddling and must-visits such as Lady Anne Barnard’s bath (throw a coin and make a wish), you’ll love the sense of tranquillity that permeates the garden. I love coming here on a Sunday, papers and croissants close at hand – it’s ideal for families but it’s big enough to sneak off for some peace and quiet and maybe a snooze too. A popular walking spot, you can walk for hours and still not explore the entire area.

Price advice: 

Entry costs 37 rand for adults, 25 rand for students, 10 rand for under 17s, and is free for under 6s. There is a pensioner's discount.

Expert tips: 
If you’re in town during the summer months, book a ticket for one of the Sunday sunset concerts - they’re excellent and lots of fun.
There is a restaurant and kiosk close to the entrance and picnic baskets can be ordered too.
The souvenir shop is really good.

More information on Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens :

Price guide:
Mountain, Park / garden
Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7700
+27 21 799 8783
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily Sept-March 8am-7pm, April-Aug 8am-6pm.

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