Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens information

Location
Cape Town , South Africa
Address
Rhodes Dr
Newlands
Telephone
+27 21 799 8782
More information
www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
Prices
adult/child R55/15
Opening hours
8am-7pm Sep-Mar, to 6pm Apr-Aug, conservatory 9am-5pm year-round
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Location and unique flora combine to make these 52,800-sq-km botanical gardens among the most beautiful in the world. The main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens is where you’ll find the information centre, an excellent souvenir shop and the conservatory .

Added for garden's centenary in 2013, the Tree Canopy Walkway (informally known as the 'Boomslang' meaning tree snake) is a curvaceous steel and timber bridge that rises through the trees and provides amazing views.

The gardens run free guided walks, or you can hire the My Guide electronic gizmo (R40) to receive recorded information about the various plants you’ll pass on the three signposted circular walks.

About 9000 of Southern Africa’s 22,000 plant species are grown here. You’ll find a fragrance garden that has been elevated so you can more easily sample the scents of the plants, a Braille trail, a kopje (hill) that has been planted with pelargoniums, a sculpture garden and a section for useful plants, as well as a section of the wild almond hedge planted in 1660 by Jan van Riebeeck to form the boundary of the Dutch outpost.

The outdoor Sunday afternoon concerts held here between November and March are a Cape Town institution. The gardens are a stop on the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus. The Rycroft Gate entrance is the first you’ll come to if you approach the gardens from Constantia.