Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden stretches along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It was founded in 1913 by the botanist Henry Pearson. Because of its different altitude, this area is suitable as a biotope for a great variety of the plants of Southern Africa. More than 6000 plant species can be found in an area of 530 ha. A web of hiking trails provides wonderful scenic walks through the indigenous Fynbos vegetation. The best time to visit is during the early spring months August and September, when the flowers are blooming.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is open daily from 8:00am to 18:00pm. The Visitors Centre offers a modern restaurant and a cafeteria. There is also an excellent book and curio shop!
Very popular are the Sunset Summer Concerts in Kirstenbosch, which are usually held on Sundays at 17:30. The music is usually "light Classical". Latest information available at the Kirstenbosch Visitors Centre, Tel 021-7998800.
Top left: Kokerboom in the Succulents Showhouse. Bottom left: Shady tree alley Top right: Kirstenbosch iin spring. Below: Visitors' Centre Bottom: Kirstenbosch.
New is the glass showhouse with succulents and cacti from Africa. One can also see the Quivertree from the north-west of South Africa and numerous succulents from the Karoo. In the centre stands a big Baobab tree.