Stop in Constantia, Cape Town at the Kirstenbosch Gardens and see South African indigenous plants with the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens 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 and its tropical Cape Town weather.
› Explore and enjoy the different sights this magnificent botanical garden has to offer
› View the plants in season, learning how each plant differs
› See the Plant of the Week and take a look at what is flowering in Kirstenbosch at this very moment
The Botanical Gardens, founded in 1913 lies on an estate that covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. Also featured in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the Peninsula Garden, which contains some of the 2 500 plant species, found on the Cape Peninsula.
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 on the Kirstenbosch grounds.
Believe it or not, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens grows more specimens of plant life than that of the British Isle!
› Indulge your sense of smell at the Fragrance Garden
› Discover the healing properties of plants at the Medicinal Garden
› Learn how to grow your own plants and save water at the Water-wise Garden
› See South Africa’s national flower – the King Protea
At the Fragrance Garden, you will be exposed to familiar and unfamiliar smells, while the Medicinal Garden will fascinate you with some of the diverse medicinal plants found in South Africa. Don't miss the Water-wise Garden, where you can learn how to grow and maintain a garden with less water than is conventionally required. For an experience of the King Protea, South Africa's national flower, visit the Protea Garden, especially in Winter and Spring when the Proteas, Serrulias and Conebushes are flowering, offering a breathtaking site. And while you’re there, learn a bit of the rich history of the Cape Colony by visiting Van Riebeeck's Hedge, planted by the Cape colonists in 1660 to protect their cattle. You can also read more about early plantings, wildlife and geology from old journals stored in the archives.
› Have a picnic with the family at the Kirstenbosch Gardens
› Enjoy a summer musical sunset concert on the lawn
› Pop in at the Visitors’ Centre for some shopping and a warm coffee
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens sets the perfect scene for a picnic with the family as you sit amongst the many plant life and birds.
On Sundays during the summer months from December to March, musical sunset concerts are held on the stage at the stunning Kirstenbosch amphitheatre. Previous artists who have performed here are Michael Buble, Watershed, Katie Melua, Josh Groban and Bryan Adams.
And to cater to your every need, the Visitors' Centre includes an information desk- containing a variety of botanical information and many Kirstenbosch and Cape Town maps as well as various retail outlets and a coffee shop.
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