Set in beautiful surroundings on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain , this magnificent 538-hectare garden features a rich ... More
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Set in beautiful surroundings on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain , this magnificent 538-hectare garden features a rich diversity of indigenous South African plants. The lower portion of Kirstenbosch consists of large flowerbeds and expansive lawns while higher up the slopes, the cultivated garden gives way to natural forest and fynbos. At the main entrance, an impressive conservatory houses a wide variety of plants from other climatic regions of South Africa. There is a restaurant, an information desk and a great shop. Come summertime, the gardens host the annual, magical Sunset Concerts. The gardens also have their own Stone Cottage which can be hired for various events like lectures, meeting and such other events. The cottage can accommodate about 60 people and has a self-catering service. For further information, do call ahead.
Kirstenbosch I could visit every day. It is an oasis of peace and quiet in the bustling city of Cape Town. Set in the southern suburbs along the slopes of Table Mountain it offers walks of different length and difficulty to the visitor, even a hike up to Table Mountain. In summer there are concerts with picnics to bring along. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant with very nice refreshments on offer.
The beautiful setting guarantees a relaxing time as well as awesome flora and also fauna. I saw sunbirds and butterflies, guinnea fowl and even a mongoose before.
The unique flora of the Cape Peninsula is very well displayed on the vast grounds and in between the visitor can also have a look at various pieces of art.
I liked the protea, silver leaf trees, sunbirds and beautiful setting next to Table Mountain. I felt absolutely safe and relaxed.
I disliked the high entrance fee.
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