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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


Protea, the National Flower of South AfricaThe beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Africa, and also amongst the finest in the world.

Set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the 530 hectare estate is a combination of natural forest and the South African speciality - fynbos.

A total of 36 hectares make up the central landscaped garden area, where you can walk, bring a picnic, or sit in one of the cafes or restaurants, and enjoy the peace and beauty of the area.  Outdoor concerts are often held during the summer.

There are are over 6,000 plant species to enjoy, laid out in different gardens, including the Protea Garden showcasing many species of the national flower of South Africa, the protea (proteaceae).

The Medicinal Plants Garden is fascinating, and features many indigenous herbs that the Khoi and San people use in their treatment of various ailments - anything from headaches to pains in your big toe!

There are also several good hiking trails, ranging from 45 minutes to over 5 hours, including the Skeleton Path, which leads right to the top of Table Mountain.  For the blind there is a Braille and scent trail.