The most beautiful garden in Africa

There are few places in the Mother City as tranquil as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and at least once during your visit, when you stop to catch your breath and absorb the splendour of your surroundings, you’ll wonder how it’s possible that the bustling, buzzing city of Cape Town is just a stone’s throw away. These sprawling, landscaped garden cover 36 hectares on the slopes of Table Mountain, and they blend in so effortlessly and majestically with the natural vegetation that you’d be forgiven for not realising their true scale. And when you consider how much there is to see and do in the garden, from atmospheric sunset concerts and movie screenings, through to guided walks, popular restaurants, and an award-winning treetop walkway, it’s quite likely you’ll be planning your return visit before you’ve even left.

  • Walk among the treetops on the Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway
  • Take a gentle walk along the various trails, paths and routes through the garden
  • Pack a picnic basket and spend the afternoon with family and friends
  • Use Kirstenbosch as a starting point for a hike up Table Mountain – there is access to Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine
  • Keep on the lookout for the vast number of birds, including breeding owls, guinea fowl and sugarbirds
  • Take in a famous Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert on a Sunday evening
  • Enjoy a meal at one of various restaurants and cafés, including the new Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch
  • Take a guided tour with a Kirstenbosch volunteer to learn amazing facts about South Africa’s famous flora
  • Pick up great souvenirs and Kirstenbosch memorabilia at the on-site stores
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Tel: +27 (0)21 762 9585 |
Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch offers an African-style fine dining restaurant, and superb deli. This is also the ideal venue for corporate and private functions.


Tel: +27 (0)21 797 4883 | |
After 10 years of wonderful breakfasts, lunches and teas, all home made on the premises, Pamela Shippel continues to please the thousands of Kirstenbosch visitors with her delicious food.


Tel: +27 (0)21 762 6841
Enjoy the best espresso and high quality coffee and pastries that Vida e Caffe is famous for. Situated in the Visitors’ Centre, this coffee shop can be visited without entering Kirstenbosch or paying the garden entry fee. Open daily from 07h00-19h00.



Tel. +27 (0)21 762 2510 |
The Kirstenbosch Shop, operated by Natural World Merchants, sells a wide range of gifts and curios, clothing, homeware and botanical cosmetics. The shop is open every day of the year from 09h00 –18h00 in winter and 09h00 – 19h00 in summer. The shop offers a free gift wrap service, 10% discount to Botanical Society members and a comprehensive freight service.


Tel: +27 (0)21 797 685
The Kirstenbosch Logo Store, is a satellite store of the Kirstenbosch Shop situated at the Centre for Home Gardening (Gate 2), trading every day from 09h00-17h00. It specialises in a range of Kirstenbosch memorabilia. Amongst other things you will find aloe cosmetics, botanical homeware, clothing and herbal teas.


Tel: +27 (0)21 762 1621 |
The Botanical Society Bookshop, located in the Visitors” Centre, is open every day from 09h00-18h00. It sells a wide range of books on flora, Kirstenbosch, gardening, fauna and natural history, educational children’s books, as well as stationery and gift cards.There is a smaller, satellite Botanical Society Bookshop at the Centre for Home Gardening (Gate 2), trading every day from 09h00-16h30, selling the same range of books as the main shop. Buy the books online at


Tel: +27 (0)21 761 0065 |
Unique African sculpture is also for sale at the Visitors’ Centre. Mambo Exports cc sell a wide range of pieces suited to the home and garden.


Tel: 021 797 1305 |
The Garden Centre is an exclusively indigenous nursery. A wide range of plants including bulbs, succulents, ground covers, trees, shrubs, climbers, annuals, fynbos plants and herbaceous material is on sale as well as garden related hardware, pots, garden implements, and various landscape materials.

Adults: R55
SA Students (with card): R30
Children (6 – 17 years): R15
Under 6 years: Free
BOTSOC members: Free
SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays


There is a bus service to Kirstenbosch from Cape Town and Mowbray Station on working weekdays, view our Getting Around page for more information. The popular Cape Town City Sightseeing buses also visit regularly on their Blue Mini-Peninsula tour – check their website for the latest schedules and rates.


Kirstenbosch lies 13 km from Cape Town city centre. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the first traffic light intersection turn right (southwards) into Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch.


Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8783


September to March (Summer): 08h00-19h00 | April to August (Winter): 08h00-18h00
Conservatory: 09h00 -17h00

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