Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

#6 in Best Things To Do in Cape Town
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Rhodes Drive, Newlands

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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
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  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Resting on the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens welcome thousands of visitors from around the world each year that come to explore the gardens' 89 acres. Kirstenbosch houses more than 7,000 species of indigenous species, many of them rare or threatened. As you peruse the gardens' colorful plant life, keep your eyes peeled for stunning sculptures scattered throughout the grounds.

Recent visitors recommend picking up a map from the Kirstenbosch office and devoting at least an hour or two to the gardens' walking paths. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The trails are stunning and beyond well maintained. You feel like you are in paradise!"

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the warmer months (September through March) and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the colder season (April through August). Admission is 40 ZAR (just over $5 USD) for adults and 10 ZAR (a little more than $1 USD) for children ages six to 17; children under six can enter for free. To learn more about the gardens, visit Kirstenbosch's website.

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#1 Table Mountain

Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).

There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."

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