Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town

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    A movie under a starry sky

    by Luca.Rizzo Written Nov 5, 2014

    To anyone visiting Cape Town over the summer holiday I highly recommend you pack yourself a nice picnic box, a blanket, and maybe even a cuddle buddy, although a cuddle buddy is not necessary, and go check out The Galileo Open Air Cinema at the Kirstenbosch Gardens. I heard about it from a friend whilst trying to organize a nice lazy Friday night after a physically demanding day. Usually these movies in the park only happen on a Wednesday but it just so happened that they were having their opening night for the season on Halloween. So I thought to myself why not A horror movie with a beer, blanket and backrest under the night sky, should be worth a try. Obviously this is dependent on the weather but after checking it out would definitely go again! I used it as a date night, which turned out to be a great success, but next time I plan on gong with a group of friends and a bit more time to plan it out fully with snacks and so on. The only downfall is that it isn't free but the prices range from R70-95 with options of back rests and blankets. So if you're down in Cape Town over December/January then definitely try keep a Wednesday night open and head down to The Galileo for one of their classic movies in the beautiful botanic gardens.

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    Visit Kirstenbosch at any time of the year

    by magor65 Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    A visit to a botanical garden in winter - is it worth paying an admission fee? If you are in Cape Town in winter, don't hesitate. They say that each season is good to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. And they are right - we visited it in July (winter in Cape Town is from June to August) and it was great. Many flowers were in bloom, f.e. strelizias or aloes. The fynbos walk is believed to be the best in winter. part of fynbos are proteas - national flowers of South Africa.
    I loved walking along an avenue of camphor trees (which are said to have been planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898). We also found the hedge of Wild Almonds planted by Jan van Riebeeck in 1660. The hedge was meant to separate the Dutch colony from the Hottentots. Perhaps it doesn't look very impressive but I promised myself to find it while reading about it in James Mitchener's book "The Covenant".

    Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden was established in 1913 to preserve the national flora of South Africa. It displays 4 700 of the estimated 20 000 species indigenous to the country. The Garden is divided into several sections, f.e. peninsula garden with species found in Western Cape, fragrance garden comprising plants with interesting scents, medical and useful plants garden displaying f.e. plants that can heal different ailments, fynbos walk and others. Visitors walk along well-marked paths coming up to various picturesque nooks, some of which are located by ponds or streams.

    A number of cultural events and concerts are organised in the park.
    If you want to take a virtual tour of Kirstenbosch, have a look at current events or just read more about the flora of South Africa, there's an excellent website to visit.

    aloes in Kirstenbosch camphor tree avenue of camphor trees strelizia

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    Watch the sun set to music over Kirstenbosch

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 26, 2011

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    One of the very nicest things to do in Cape Town over the summer months is to attend the Summer Sunset concerts sponsored by Old Mutual at Kirstenbosch.

    Kirstenbosch is simply the best botanical garden I've ever visited (better even than Kew in London) and the setting against the backdrop of the mountain is quite beyond equal. To sit on the slope with a picnic and something cold to sip, listening to live music and watching the sunset is an absolute must, and is understandably very popular.

    Acts are predominantly South African - see website below for the programme - so it's a nice way for visitors to introduce themselves to some of the local (musical) talent.

    Concerts take place late on a Sunday afternoon - we suspicious Vaalie types could be forgiven for thinking that the timing has been deliberately selected so that the concerts take place after we've caught our flight home after the weekend so that Capetonians have this wonderful event all to themselves!

    For those that are interested, Old Mutual also sponsor similar concerts at Emmarentia in Johannesburg (see my Johannesburg travel tip) although these seem to be less regular and are less well publicised: these sadly take place without the backdrop of Table Mountain, although the setting is still lovely

    Sunday evening concert at Kirstenbosch
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    KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

    by BerniShand Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kirstenbosch has been cultivated since the earliest settler days, originally owned by the Dutch East India Company it was planted with grapevines and fruit trees, after the early 1800s it changed hands several times eventually being owned by Cecil Rhodes from 1895 to his death in 1902 when he left it to the nation, and in 1903 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens opened for the conservatin, education and enjoyment of South Africa`s diverse and in many cases unique plant life, there is also a sculpture park which we enjoyed seeing. Concerts are held in the gardens on Sunday evenings during the Summer months [December to March]

    these are beautiful well laid out gardens, the site is rather hilly and though wheelchair accessable the paths are occasionally bumpy. we found the signposting a little confusing at times but it is a pleasant place to get lost in. For the less mobile [or more lazy] there is a land train that does a 1 hour tour of the garden, leaving on the hour. unfortunately this was booked up until the afternoon when we visited so we missed the experience, if you do want to use the train then ring in advance and book seats
    there are two restaurants and a tea room in the gardens, and a shop at the visitor centre, there is a craft market selling quality hand crafted items on the last Sunday of each month from September to May

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    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

    by cleocat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Don't miss this. You can spend a whole day and still haven't seen everything. You will only find indigenous South African plants like Protea, Fynbos etc.

    There is a path up Table mountain from here. We climb for a while but it is quite steep and we had no idea how long it would take. I would't advise this unless you have all the info on hiking up to the top of the mountain. The weather can change very quickly and then it is dangerous to be somewhere on the mountain.

    On Sunday afternoons (late afternoon) in summer you can attend musical concerts in the botanical garden.

    There is a nice restaurant or bring your own picnic basket. Lots of space for a picnic.

    Entrance fees are R18 for adults and R5 a child and it is open 365 days a year from 08:00 to 18:00 and 19:00 in summer.

    Kirstenbosch
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    Kirstenbosch Gardens

    by mvtouring Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

    Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country. It was founded in 1913, read about the History of the Garden.
    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 R22 for adults 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.

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    Splendid Kirstenbosch Gardens

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beautiful and world-renowned gardens of Kirstenbosch are situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Approximately 6 000 species of Southern Africas flora are represented, particularly that of the Cape floral kingdom, known as fynbos.

    There is always something to see, whatever the time of year, and you will come across some unusual features as you stroll through the gardens. There is a huge conservatory too, which depicts different vegetations all over the world! These are living and breathing mini ecosystems under one big roof!

    There are lovely eating areas and an excellent shop (I say EXCELLENT as I used to supply them with wild flower placemats, coasters, greeting cards and writing paper when I had my business in South Africa) Seriously though, it is world class, not your average memento shop.

    In summer, there are a series of Sunday evening musical concerts (Josh Groban and Johnny Clegg's concerts coming up soon!!!), as well as the annual Christmas Carol week, so bring a picnic with wine, and a cosy blanket and enjoy the sunset serenades on the lawns.

    One thing NOT to bring along? A watermelon.... :) My poor hubby had to carry one for an age (and as you know they are not small or light!) till we found a place in the shade that wasnt taken, and Kirstenbosch is on the one side of Table Mountain, so isnt flat.... :) Poor lad.

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    Botanical gardens

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We have all types of vegetation here aloes & cactus, a touch & feel for the blind & succulents. Lady Anne Barnards bath, a medicinal garden, a waterwise garden & our national flower the protea

    The children can cuddle the various statues or paddle in the river & search for tadpoles like my niece did.

    Entry is free for SA pensioners on Tuesday. The tearoom is lovely and very reasonable.

    In summer they hold Appeltiser concerts in a natural amphitheatre.
    The summer concerts are R35 bring a picnic & enjoy the music on the grassy banks

    Entry is R25 for adults & children 6-18 yrs R5

    Stuning mountain backdrop There are lots of interesting sculptures dotted ar Jenna looking for tadpoles in the river
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    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

    by Martman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "Oh, just a garden" one might say. What I can personally say is, some of the nicest moments of my life were spent in the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. The beauty of these huge gardens at the foot of the mountain is superb. The visitor learns all bout nature and trees. In fact, we so overwhelmed by the beauty, that we forget our problems! In all honesty, words cannot describe the beauty here. Do yourself a favor and do a thorough exploration of these gardens.

    http://www.owls.co.za/english/kirstenbosch.htm

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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

    by Travelchili Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a world-famous garden that was established in 1913 and is today covering 5.3 sq km (2 sq miles). Only indgenous South African plants are grown in Kirstenbosch. Before visiting, it is good to check out their webpage where they list the seasonal highlights, so you know what to look out for.

    Kirstenbosch Garden
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    The Botanical garden of Kirstenbosch

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visit the beautiful botanical garden of Kirstenbosch, walk in the gardens or in the greenhouse and look at the beautiful plants and trees.

    You can wonder for hours through these beautiful surroundings, we enjoyed our time here very much. For some more info, please have a look at their official webpage.

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    The following text is borrowed from their official webpage.

    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

    Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country.

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    For more information and photos see my travelogue: A daytrip in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
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    The Botanical garden of Kirstenbosch (photo Thieu)

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    Savouring the smell of flowers and mountain air

    by Alice-Kees Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    At the foot of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain are the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
    It is one of the most beautiful gardens I´ve ever been to. The gardens are a great place to stroll all day and have tea or bring a picknick. The upper parts of the gardens blend into the fynbos of Table Mountain and from here, several paths lead all the way up to the summit.

    One of the many species of Protea we spotted.
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    Kirstenbosch botanic gardens....

    by cosmopolit Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kirstenbosch botanic gardens. Cape seal colony.
    The botanic gardens are just magnificent and make for a nice sunday morning stroll. Kirstenbosch is one of the top seven botanical gardens in the world, habitually winning gold awards at the Chelsea Flower Show.
    Sometimes there's openair concerts in the gardens.

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    Kirstenbosch Gardens

    by Piggy73 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is worth a trip whatever the Season.

    OPENING TIMES
    08:00 - 19:00 (September -March)
    08:00 - 18:00 (April - August).

    ADMISSION
    R20 Adults
    R10 Students (I got in with my NUS Card)
    R5 Scholl Chrildre (6-18 years old)
    Free for children under 6
    Free for SA Senior Citizens on Tuesdays except Public Holidays.
    Free for Botanical Society members

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  • Kirstenbosch summer concerts

    by rogerstevens Written Apr 6, 2009

    Late afternoon Sunday summer concerts in one of the world's famous botanical gardens, running from November to April - tickets at the gate priced around £7 (UK). Arrive for a late lunch in one of several restaurants or BYO + a rug. Great setting and a lovely way to watch the sun set over the mountains.

    The concerts are always popular so get there early to reserve your spot. While waiting for the concert to begin check out the world famous garden.

    The concerts typically starts at 5.30pm - 7pm max but be seated by 4.30pm latest

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