Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

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-33.988, 18.4357

 

+27 21 799 8783

About

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. Apart from the sheer grandeur of its setting against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, the garden lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region (or Cape Floral Kingdom) which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Established in 1913, the formal garden at Kirstenbosch covers 36 ha of the 528 ha estate that contains protected mountainside, supporting natural forest and fynbos. 

It is home to a wide variety of indigenous birds, animals, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates and is best explored via a number of walks and trails. More than 125 species of birds have been recorded at Kirstenbosch, including Cape sugarbirds, sunbirds, African dusky flycatchers, Steppe buzzards, spotted eagle owls, guinea fowl, Egyptian geese and Cape francolin.

Table Mountain is also home to rich insect life, and butterflies such as the Table Mountain beauty are plentiful during summer. Living and breeding in and around Kirstenbosch are animals such as the grysbok, the caracal, the small spotted genet, the Cape fox, the striped mouse, the small grey mongoose, and the grey squirrel, as well as rarely-seen residents such as the Cape porcupine, the water mongoose, and Cape clawless otter.

The garden is also home to the chirping frog, the Cape river frog, and the critically endangered Table Mountain ghost frog, angulate tortoise, fresh water crab, marsh terrapin, Cape crag lizard, mole snake, boomslang, Cape cobra and puff adder. 

Kirstenbosch enjoys a Mediterranean climate with a long, hot, dry summer (November-March) and a short, cool, rainy winter (June-August).

The best time to visit is in spring (August-November) when the Namaqualand daisies and vygies carpet large areas of the garden and the spring bulbs and many fynbos plants are in flower.