Whether you’re after a leisurely picnic or an exhilarating stroll in the spectacular surrounds, Kirstenbosch Gardens is the perfect place for a relaxed day out. Established in 1913, Kirstenbosch lies within the UNESCO World Heritage Site that borders the Table Mountain National Park, and is home to a natural forest, fynbos and abundant fauna and flora (over 7 000 plant species!). Guided walking tours and a shuttle tour (with guide) are also on offer (R55 per person).
And for nature-lovers who love to shop, Kirstenbosch has an array of boutiques and stores, filled with unique curios, books, plants, clothing, homeware and even botanical cosmetics. Striking African stone sculptures are on display outdoors, some of which are for sale from the giftshop.
The three onsite eateries have something for everyone. Get your caffeine fix at Vida e Caffè, have scones and tea or a healthy salad at The Kirstenbosch Tea Room, or head to Moyo for a uniquely African experience and a smorgasbord of local dishes.
In addition to the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts (that happen every Sunday in summer and feature some of SA’s biggest pop and rock acts), Kirstenbosch hosts a variety of events each month.
Entrance fee to the garden
R45 (adults), R25 (SA students), R10 (children between 6 and 17 years; 5-year-olds, free)
BOTSOC members enter for free
Free entrance on Tuesdays for SA citizens over 60 (except public holidays)
For more info: call the Information Desk 021 799 8783, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch