The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and its biodiversity is world known. The Kirstenbosch Gardens support natural forest and fynbos as well as a variety of animal species.
The Garden displays a variety of art exhibitions, both outdoor exhibitions as well as indoor art shows and exhibitions. Do check out the schedule of these events before visiting.
Here you can also enjoy a light walk along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway which is a new curved steel and timber bridge and offers panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.
Although Kirstenbosch has its charm in every season, but to see the fynbos at its best and the maximum number of plants in flower, the best time to visit is towards the end of winter, in spring or in early summer (August-November).
The Garden is open every day from 08h00 to 19h00 during summer (Sep-Mar), 08h00 to 18h00 during winter (Apr-Aug).
The Conservatory is open every day from 09h00 to 17h00.
How to Reach
Bus: Both the City Sightseeing busses and Golden Arrow busses stop at Kirstenbosch.
City Sightseeing Bus: Bus stop is at the Visitors’ Centre (Gate 1), in the parking area directly below the Vida-e Café, to the left of the entrance to the centre as you walk in. Bus starts at 9:50AM and runs every 20 minutes in summer, and every 35 minutes in winter, until the last one at 4:20PM.
Golden Arrow bus: Departs from Mowbray Station, and one bus per day from the Golden Acre Terminus (near Cape Town Station) on weekdays. Bus stops at under the big fig tree at the Bell Tower Gate
Bus from Cape Town at 12:35.
Bus from Mowbray at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 13:00, 14:35, 16:00
Bus from Kirstenbosch: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 14:00, 15:30, 16:30