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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the best-known of South Africa's botanical gardens, thanks to its striking scenery, diverse flora and themed gardens. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the botanical gardens are only 13 kilometres from the Mother City, Cape Town, on the lower eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

A visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is highly recommended, not only for the spectacular views over the Cape Peninsula, but also because the garden is a splendid showcase of South Africa's indigenous floral kingdom. Kirstenbosch boasts an impressive collection of 7 000 indigenous flora including rare and threatened species.

The Gardens encompass protected mountains, natural ‘Fynbos’ and forest, and a variety of animals and birds. A variety of landscapes include themed gardens, such as the Fragrance and Medicinal Gardens. In the Protea Garden during Spring, you will discover the King Protea in full bloom, South Africa's national flower. Brightly coloured sunbirds are attracted to the nectar of the Protea and are seen flitting amongst the blooms.

The Conservatory houses a collection of rare cacti and an ancient baobab tree. The adjacent Visitor’s Centre is well stocked with African arts and crafts, hand-made jewellery, clothing, carvings and gifts.

In addition to the rich floral diversity, Kirstenbosch offers Outdoor Summer Concerts each Sunday from October until March. With this wealth of biodiversity, it's not surprising Kirstenbosch is regarded as one of the most popular botanical gardens in the world.






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