Kirstenbosch Gardens: Six Reasons To Visit This Oasis in Newlands

Kirstenbosch Gardens: Six Reasons To Visit This Oasis in Newlands

For more than just a stroll in the parkā€¦

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.

A safe, open place to enjoy socially distanced outings, this veritable oasis has a slew of attractions for all.

1. Picnics at Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Abrie Dink Hardop

With striking mountain views forming the backdrop for this world-renowned garden, 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

Kirstenbosch Guided Walks
Dylan Viljoen

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

Kirstenbosch Dinosaurs Cape Town

Take a walk on the wild side, but tread carefully. Lurking behind the giant cycad trees are dinosaurs – prehistoric sculptures that have transformed this magnificent botanical garden 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

Kirstenbosch Gardens Tea Room

Before or after your stroll through the gardens, pop by Fynkos Kirstenbosch 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.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Contact 021 797 4883,

5. Boomslang Canopy Walk

Kirstenbosch Boomslang Canopy Walk

For an elevated and awe-inspiring perspective of the garden,, 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

Kirstenbosch Garden Centre 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,

Opening times September – March: 8am – 7pm
April – August: 8am – 6pm
Cost R80 (SA adults)
R200 (standard, adults)
R45 (students with a valid card)
R25 (children 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6, BotSoc members)
Free (senior citizens with ID on Tuesdays, except public holidays)

Address Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Contact 021 799 8782,

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 05 May 2021

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3 Responses to “Kirstenbosch Gardens: Six Reasons To Visit This Oasis in Newlands”

  1. Laureen Giovannoni

    Hi when is your Carols by Candlelight 2023? And where do we get tickets please?

  2. Jason Nel

    Hi i want to make a reservation at the kirstenbosch picnic area for valentine’s day for me and my wife a nice romantic picnic

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Jason

      You’ll need to book with Kirstenbosch directly.