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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Area: Southern Suburbs
Suburb: Newlands
Physical Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Postal Address: Private Bag X7, Claremont. 7735, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 799 8783
Fax: +27 (0)21 797 6570
GPS: 33° 59´ 15.76" S; 18° 26´ 06.48" E
Web Address: www.sanbi.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&Itemid=57&id=139

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens


Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.


Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora. Kirstenbosch displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora, as well as plants from all the diverse regions of southern Africa, both outdoors and in the Botanical Society Conservatory. There are over 7 000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species.

The Garden covers 36 hectares in a 528 hectare estate that contains protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds.  Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – another first for Kirstenbosch, it is the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.


Visitor Information


Art in the Garden

Garden Maps


Geology of the Garden

Natural Vegetation

Research and Conservation

Seasons in the Garden

Take a Virtual Tour

Wildlife and Biodiversity


Operational hours:
Sep - Mar (Summer): Mon - Sun: 08h00 - 19h00
Apr - Aug (Winter): Mon - Sun: 08h00 - 18h00
Conservatory: Mon - Sun: 09h00 - 17h00


Entrance Fees (subject to change):
Adults: R37
SA Students (with card): R25
Children (6-17yrs): R10
Under 6 yrs: Free
BOTSOC Members: Free
SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays
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Kirstenbosch is the largest of a country-wide network of nine National Botanical Gardens administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).


Our mission is to promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich plant and animal life of South Africa, for the benefit of all people. 






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