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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Rhodes Dr/M63, Newlands 021-799-8783 adult R35, child R10

S 33 59.379 E 018 26.033

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is 36 hectares of lush gardens on the eastern slope of Table Mountain and one of Cape Town's greatest attractions. Originally part of Cecil Rhodes' Groote Schuur estate, the land was bequeathed to the government upon his death, and in 1913 it was set aside for the creation of a botanic garden to preserve South Africa's distinct plant life. Today Kirstenbosch is home to a wide variety of unique Cape flora and over 7000 species of cultivated plants from the surrounding southern Africa region. In 2004, it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Beyond the home gardening center, Botanical Society Conservatory, sculpture garden, fragrance garden and arboretum are multiple hiking paths that weave up the side of Table Mountain and through the untouched natural terrain of surrounding protected indigenous fynbos and forest. Women are advised not to take some of the upper paths alone due to recent attacks in the area, so you should check with staff for route suggestions. Free guided tours of the gardens are available Mon-Sat at 10am and MyGuide selfguided audio tours are available at Gate 1 for R35. Golf cart tours are R40 per person and leave every hour from 9am-3pm, weather permitting. Tours for visitors with special needs or interests can be arranged and there are large portions of the gardens that are wheelchair friendly. Live concerts in the gardens are a Cape Town Sunday evening institution and are a great occasion for a picnic.

Take the N2/Eastern Blvd 4 km and keep to your right to continue onto M3/De Waal Dr/Rhodes Dr towards Muizenberg for 4.3 km. Turn right onto M63/Rhodes Dr and follow the signs for Kirstenbosch.

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