Hours and fees
The Garden is open 365 days a year from 08:00 - 19:00 (September -March) and from 08:00 - 18:00 (April - August). The entrance fee is R20 for adults (R22 as of 1 December 2004) and R10 for students with student cards. Fees for school children (6-18 years old) are R5. Children under 6 years old and Botanical Society members have free entry. SA senior citizens have free entry on Tuesdays, if it is not a public holiday.
How to Get There
By bus - There is a bus service to Kirstenbosch from Cape town and Mowbray Station. To check the latest times, call the Information Office for details. See numbers above.
By car - Kirstenbosch lies 13 km from Cape Town city centre. 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.
The Botanical Society Conservatory - enables Kirstenbosch to display South African plants which cannot be grown in the outdoor gardens. Here, under one roof, you will find plants from high mountain peaks, shady forests and hot, dry deserts. The main house, dominated by a large baobab tree, features succulents from the arid regions of southern Africa. Special collections of bulbs, ferns and alpines are displayed in smaller corner houses.
Peninsula garden - displays some of the 2 500 plant species found on the Cape Peninsula.
Water-wise garden - demonstrates how to create a garden which needs far less water and maintenance than a conventional garden.
Fragrance garden - features plants with interesting textures and scents.
Medicinal garden - Find out about the many medicinal uses of South African plants.
The Dell - the oldest part of the Garden, featuring Colonel Bird's Bath, tree ferns and a variety of shade-loving plants.
Protea garden - features members of the protea family (Proteaceae). This part of the Garden is most magnificent in winter and spring, when the proteas, conebushes and serrurias are in flower. Pincushions provide a colourful display in early summer.
Restio garden - focuses on the incredible variety of texture and form found in the reed family (Restionaceae).
Useful Plants garden (UPG) - the redevelopment and extension of the Medicinal Plants garden
Van Riebeeck's hedge - planted in 1660 to protect cattle of the Cape colonists.
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