Kirstenbosch Tour Details
Tour Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:
For my money the most beautiful of South Africa’s botanical gardens! Once a farm owned by Cecil John Rhodes on the outskirts of Cape Town, this magnificent garden now proudly displays the best of indigenous flora in several neatly presented beds nestled in the most glorious setting with Table Mountain’s Eastern flank as a backdrop.
The purpose of the gardens is to display flora indigenous to South Africa; especially the local Cape Floral/Floristic Region or 'Fynbos'. This is done in order to demonstrate its remarkable and variable beauty (as well as uses) and to highlight its conservation potential. Due in part to the mass plantings of indigenous species, in part to the design and layout of the gardens and conserved areas, and in part to its proximity to the mountain, there is also a tremendous variety of animal life to be seen (especially birds). The atmosphere is very relaxed to the point that, unlike other formal gardens in the world, you are encouraged to walk on, play and/or picnic on the rolling lawns between the display beds. One can bring ones own picnic basket or put one together at the Silvertree deli. On that note, the gardens have two restaurants (in addition to the deli and a coffee shop) where we can do anything from grabbing a snack to enjoying a hearty sit-down luncheon (reservations will be made in advance for full-day tours).
The gardens also offer a small shop where one can purchase souvenirs, gifts, books and local arts and crafts including magnificent Zimbabwean stone carvings (further examples of which are dotted around in the main gardens – so keep your eyes peeled).
Having studied botany and having spent many hours in Kirstenbosch, I have a wealth of information to share about the history, current displays and numerous highlights (and secrets) the garden has to offer. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to see!
Both the full- and half-day yours are variable in content, so we can walk briskly searching for special plants or birds, or take it easy sitting under a tree while learning about the history of the gardens or just taking in the air of tranquillity. There is even an electric cart tour which can be booked for those with mobility concerns.
Groups: 2 – 8 guests
Time: 1 hour, 3 hours (½ day) or 6 hours (full day)
Fees: Fees include entrance fees to the gardens. Lunch is for your own account. Please enquire.
What to pack: Comfortable and sensible hiking or walking shoes.
Water is advisable but can also be purchased at the gardens.
Sunscreen – you will need this, I promise!
Hat (and sunglasses)
Camera (Binoculars can also be useful)
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