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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Listed under Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Our guide was fantastic as we moved from area to area.

Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora. Kirstenbosch displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora, as well as plants from all the diverse regions of southern Africa, both outdoors and in the Botanical Society Conservatory. There are over 7 000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species.

The Garden covers 36 hectares in a 528 hectare estate that contains protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. In 2004 the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – another first for Kirstenbosch, it is the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

Lunch at Moya is a must while here!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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“Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ”

Not your formalised, controlled, European Botanical garden but a great park resting in the eastern nape if Table Mountain, home to indigenous after indigenous species, like a living museum to the diversity of local plant life. South Africa supports a hu… Read more...

Written by  Ted Harper.

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