NBI partners and closely associated sites.

Botanical Society of South Africa. You cannot become a member of the National Botanical Institute, but you can join our "friends" organization. Founded at the same time as Kirstenbosch in 1913, membership of the Botanical Society organization entitles you to free entry to NBI Gardens, a seed allocation, discounts on the purchase of publications and a free copy of Veld & Flora. a quarterly colour publication devoted to South African plants.


Protea Atlas Project. This is one of the research projects running at the NBI. It has its own website which provides extensive data on Proteaceae in southern Africa.


SABONET ( Southern African Botanical Diversity Network). Launched in 1996, this project running under the auspices of the NBI, aimed at upgrading the level of botanical expertise in Southern Africa. The programme has now ended and the website is currently being revised and should be launched in its final version in April 2005.

Urban Conservation A unit of NBI based on projects and partnership that look at biodiversity conservation from a community development perspective. Its project portfolio includes poverty alleviation work via Working for Wetlands, horticultural skills transfer via the Overberg Useful Plants Project, and its flagship project Cape Flats Nature (Biodiversity for the People). See the units website at www.capeflatsnature.org


C.A.P.E. (Cape Action for People and the Environment.) Its objective is to secure the conservation of the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and through this to deliver sustainable economic benefits to the people and the region. It relies on partners such as the NBI to attain this objective. Three of the NBI's eight botanical gardens, and one of its three research centres are situated within the Cape Flortistic Region. All contribute significantly to the suite of activities that underpin C.A.P.E.In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the consenting parties for C.A.P.E., the National Botanical Institute is the Project Management Agency for C.A.P.E. The CAPE Co-ordinating Unit housed at Kirstenbosch, and together with other biodiversity conservation groups, it constitutes a dynamic environment for research, planning and action directed at sustaining the Cape Floristic Kingdom for future generations.


Botanical Gardens

BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) is an international organization based at Kew. Please contact them for Proceedings of the 1998 BGCI Conference held at Kirstenbosch.

Botanical Gardens Worldwide

The addresses given below are just a sample of the many botanical gardens with web sites.

South Africa
Durban Botanic Gardens

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, USA
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA
Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
New York Botanical Garden, USA
Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada
University British Columbia Botanical Garden, Canada


Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens and Arboreta
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh
Royal Botanic Garden. Kew

Top Garden Sites
: A Valuable Garden Directory and Information Resource.


Environmental Sites

Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism The NBI is closely associated with the DEA &T.


National Research Foundation. A foundation which supports research in South Africa.


Plant Talk- web site. A magazine providing encouragement and support for plant conservation worldwide.


Scope - the web site for the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.


State of the Environment South Africa. A site containing information on various aspects of the environment in South Africa.


IUCN The World Conservation Union site.


WildnetAfrica.com. A site which hosts and provides links to several South African environmental and wildlife sites.


Visiting South Africa

South African Tourism- South Africa's Official Travel and Tourism Web site.

Cape Metropolitan Tourism
- a site for those wanting to know more about Cape Town and the environs.


Gateway to South Africa - another site to help the visitor to South Africa.


Gauteng Tourism Authority - a site for visitors to Gauteng Province.


KwaZulu-Natal Tourism - visit the Kingdom of the Zulu.


South African Government Online - the official SA Government site.


Western Cape Tourism - the main tourism site for the Western Cape


Specially for visitors to the Cape

Cape Town Big 6 - Kirstenbosch - Table Mountain Cableway - Cape Point- Robben Island - V & A Waterfront - Constantia Wine Route. The Mother City's unique variety of attractions.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

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