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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Afrikaans name: Kirstenbosch Nasionale Botaniese Tuin

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Above - Approaching the visitors centre

Photo © Steven Herbert

Western Cape

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, in Cape Town, has a magnificent location at the foot of Table Mountain.

The gardens were established in 1913 with the purpose of preserving some of South Africa's indigenous plants. To this day the gardens focus almost exclusively on indigenous plants.

One interesting feature of Kirstenbosch is a conservatory featuring a variety of plants that would not normally survive in the Cape weather.

Besides the magnificent gardens there is an excellent restaurant. A stage in the gardens is used to host music concerts at various times during the year.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with a beautiful mountain backdrop

Above - The gardens are at the foot of table mountain

Photo © Steven Herbert

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden visitors centre

Above - Visitors centre

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden benches

Above - Tranquil places to sit and enjoy the beauty of the gardens

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden paths

Above - There is an extensive network of walkways

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

A Visitors' Guide to Kirstenbosch - Author: Colin Paterson-Jones - Year Published: - Page: 1

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 1

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 6

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 27

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 15

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 38

go! - Issue 103 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 105

go! - Issue 123 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 72

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 21

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 11

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 288

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 33

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 236

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 103

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 65

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