Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of the world’s greatest botanical and horticultural institutions, Kirstenbosch is the premier centre for the study and propagation on South Africa’s indigenous flora.

The garden includes a large conservatory (The Botanical Society Conservatory) exhibiting plants from a number of different regions, including savanna, fynbos, karoo and others. Outdoors, the focus moves to plants native to the Cape region, highlighted by the spectacular collections of proteas.

From the gardens several trails lead off along and up the mountain slopes and these are much used by walkers and mountaineers. One of the trails, up a ravine called Skeleton Gorge, is an easy and popular route to the summit of Table Mountain. This route is also known as Smuts’ Track after Prime Minister Jan Smuts who used this route regularly. (

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