For more than just a stroll in the park…
Founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s rare flora and fauna, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a 36-hectare World Heritage site renowned for its beauty and diversity. Situated on the southern slopes of Table Mountain, in the suburb of Newlands, the gardens are home to a variety of flora (over 7 000 species), indigenous birds and animals, making it a relaxing (and educational) outing for all.
This veritable oasis re-opened again – on 3 August 2020, “welcoming back families to enjoy our open safe space,” says Sarah Struys, events and tourism manager, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
- Physical-distancing protocols will be followed as per government regulations.
- Masks are compulsory.
- Screening and contact tracing will be done at the entrance.
- The number of visitors may be limited.
- The use of kiddies jungle gym is prohibited.
1. Picnics at Kirstenbosch
With striking mountain views forming the backdrop for these world-renowned gardens, Kirstenbosch has to be one of the most scenic picnic spots in Cape Town. Pack a hamper of delicious goodies, throw down a blanket, and then kick back and enjoy the fresh air and tranquil surrounds, while the kids roam free, exploring streams, climbing rocks and enjoying the wide-open space.
2. Take a stroll
The most magnificent botanical garden in the world (even if we are a little biased), Kirstenbosch’s unique location on the southern slopes of Table Mountain enhances its allure. Gurgling streams, a wondrous array of indigenous flora, squirrels, ducks and other wildlife, as well as Colonel Bird’s Bath (also known as Lady Ann Barnard’s Bath), are just a few things you’ll encounter on your meander.
3. Dinosaur exhibition
Take a walk on the wild side, but tread carefully. Lurking behind the giant cycad trees are dinosaurs – prehistoric sculptures that have transformed these magnificent botanical gardens into a fun-filled adventure zone. There are currently just two in the garden, but they still pack a punch.
4. Have a cup of tea
Before or after your stroll through the gardens, pop by Kirstenbosch Gardens Tea Room for a leisurely cup of tea and something sweet. Feeling more than peckish? Enjoy an easygoing lunch or a filling breakfast before your walk.
Good to know Deliveries and takeaways are available too.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 797 4883, email@example.com
5. Boomslang Canopy Walk
For an elevated and awe-inspiring perspective of the gardens, you must do the Boomslang Canopy Walk. The timber-and-steel walkway is around 130-metres-long and is wheelchair-friendly. Nature lovers will enjoy the unique vantage point from above the crowns of the trees, and bird and animal enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven, with the diverse fauna that abounds.
6. Shop for plants at the nursery
If ever there was a better time to spruce up your garden, lockdown would be it! Kirstenbosch Garden Centre (accessed by a separate entrance from the car park and restricted to ticket holders only) is where you can shop for bulbs, succulents, groundcovers, trees, shrubs, climbers, fynbos plants and herbaceous to liven up your own garden.
Or pick up some fresh-cut flowers, gardening accessories, tools and a comprehensive range of ecofriendly compost, fertilisers, insecticides and fungicides. Experienced staff are on hand to offer help and advice.
Good to know The giftshop and bookshop are open, too.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 797 1305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening times September – March: 8am – 7pm
April – August: 8am – 6pm
Cost R75 (adults)
R40 (students with a valid card)
R20 (children 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6, BotSoc members)
Free (senior citizens on Tuesdays, except public holidays)
Address Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Contact 021 799 8782, Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za