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There are few places in the Mother City as tranquil as Kirstenbosch Gardens, 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 gardens take up 36 hectares of a region that covers more then 500 hectares on the slopes of Table Mountain, and yet they blend in so effortlessly and majestically with the natural vegetation that you’d be forgiven for not realising their scale.

In its current form Kirstenbosch is just over a hundred years old, and remarkably it was the first garden of its kind to be devoted entirely to a single country’s indigenous fauna. It’s since grown to the point of international acclaim with more than 7,000 species in cultivation, and as you wander through the vast grounds you’ll see for yourself just why it’s become known as the most beautiful garden in Africa.

Of course these days there’s even more to Kirstenbosch than the spellbinding gardens: a branch of Moyo restaurant and Vida E Caffé have recently found homes in the grounds, and the Kirstenbosch Tea Room is as popular as ever. You can also pick up horticultural memorabilia, curios and indigenous supplies from various stores. But perhaps the real feather in the constantly evolving Kirstenbosch cap is that of the celebrated Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts series, which showcase the best local musicians in the truly surreal setting of an open-air amphitheatre on the slopes of Table Mountain, which is just another excuse to spend an entire day basking in the complete serenity of Kirstenbosch.

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  • Take a gentle walk along the various trails, paths and routes through the gardens
  • 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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MOYO RESTAURANT KIRSTENBOSCH

Tel: +27 (0)21 762 9585 | kirstenbosch@moyo.com
Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch offers an African-style fine dining restaurant, and superb deli. This is also the ideal venue for corporate and private functions.

THE KIRSTENBOSCH TEA ROOM

Tel: +27 (0)21 797 4883 | t424u@ktr.co.za | www.ktr.co.za
After 10 years of wonderful breakfasts, lunches and teas, all home made on the premises, Pamela Shippel continues to please the thousands of Garden visitors with her delicious food.

VIDA É CAFFE

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 the Garden or paying the garden entry fee. Open daily from 07h00-19h00.

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THE KIRSTENBOSCH SHOP

Tel. +27 (0)21 762 2510 | Tekir@outofafrica-sa.com
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.

THE KIRSTENBOSCH LOGO STORE

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.

BOTANICAL SOCIETY BOOKSHOP

Tel: +27 (0)21 762 1621 | kbranch@botanicalsociety.org.za
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, gardens, 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 www.botanicalsociety.org.za

ZIMBABWEAN STONE SCULPTURES

Tel: +27 (0)21 761 0065 | info@chapungu.com
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.

THE KIRSTENBOSCH GARDEN CENTRE

Tel: 021 797 1305 | kgcentre@mighty.co.za
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.

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Adults: R45
SA Students (with card): R25
Children (6 – 17 years): R10
Under 6 years: Free
BOTSOC members: Free
SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays

BY BUS

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.

BY CAR

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.


KIRSTENBOSCH INFORMATION CENTRE

Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8783
Email: kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za

MOYO RESTAURANT KIRSTENBOSCH

Tel: +27 (0)21 762 9585
Email: info@kirstenboschrestaurant.com

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

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