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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is applauded as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is located in the east side of Table Mountain in Cape Town. It is only 13 km from the city center, Kirstenbosch contains a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, 2,500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, a Protea garden, a braille trail, and a cycad amphi theatre. In Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, there is a Botanical Society Conservatory. This place is used as the house for plants from the continent that has dry region. In 2015, the International Garden Tourism Awards Body declared Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens the International Garden of the Year.
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If you are feeling active and you have decided to get an early start – Kirstenboch Botanical Garden is the best spot to start your hiking activity. From here, you can start to hike the Table Mountain until you reach the mountain's top. The well-known Skeleton Gorge is also waiting for you. If you are planning to hike the five-hour Skeleton Gorge, make sure you have a good map or a guide before moving out. It is an exhausting hike taking place in forest, but the view of the city can be seen in every direction. Mountain guided is available in this Garden.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden always has live concerts from November to April. The concert is held on Sunday in afternoon. Most of the singers are the well-known South African bands. The kind of music is ranging from classical, folk and also Christmas carols with candlelight in the middle of December. You have to work hard to get a better place to watch the concert.
At glance, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden might seem like a place which is full of grasses, trees and flowers. However, there are gardens with various themes, such as garden for medicinal plants, homegrown species, and endangered plants. Join a free guided tours is the greatest way to enjoy and experience Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. These thoughtful tours take time around 90 and it is held from Monday to Saturday. There are no tours on Sundays. Tours are free but Garden entry fee applies. The tours also focus on the plants which blossoming that season and you are allowed to see parts of the park that you might not find by yourself. The space for this guided tours are limited so you have to get ready early to join the tours. These tours are started at 10 a.m.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase your tickets by calling the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office on 021 799 8782 between 08h00 and 17h00. You can also purchase your tickets at the ticket offices located at both entrances to the garden.
How To Get Around?
You can stroll around the garden complex and enjoy your time watching the many kinds of plants. You can also take the shuttle car tours that will take you on a 25-minute guided tour for R80.
What Should I Wear?
You should wear anything comfortable depending on the weather and time of the year. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking most of the time while in the garden. In summer you can wear short, t-shirt, and sunglasses, while in winter or fall you can wear warm clothes and some layer to it. Don't forget to take your camera along to capture the cute plants.
Best Time to Visit
Although Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is amazing all around the year, you will see the fynbos plants at its best from August to November. However, summer has its own magic. You can see the spectacular sunset while watching the live concert in the garden.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, there is a map everywhere in the garden and you will be given one as you enter the garden. You can get to any point you want by yourself and there are staffs that can help you, but if you want to see all the parts of this garden that might not find by yourself, you can take the free guided tours that is offered by the garden. Also, the Garden provides MyGuide Audio Guide.It is self - guiding audio and available in English or German. Tickets for the MyGuide handsets cost R40 per handset, additional to garden entry fee.Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office along with the garden entry ticket.
How To Get There?
Bus is accessible to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden from Cape Town ad Mowbray Stations. You can also reach the Garden by car which is 13 kilometers from Cape Town city center. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the first traffic light intersection turn right (southwards) into Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch.
Picnics are allowed in Kirstenbosch, but you are not allowed to bring chairs, tables, umbrellas, tents etc. into the Garden. Kirstenbosch will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury sustained on its locations. Group bookings and special interest tours can be arranged with the Information Office.