Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 799 8783

- Budget


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.

Value for money

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

There is a restaurant and kiosk close to the entrance and picnic baskets can be ordered too.

The souvenir shop is really good.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Nature / wildlife