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Garden opening times:

The Garden is open every day from 08h00 to 19h00 during summer (Sep-Mar), 08h00 to 18h00 during winter (Apr-Aug).
The Conservatory is open every day from 09h00 to 17h00.
The Curator’s Office is open Monday to Friday only, from 07h30-16h20, except on public holidays.

Free Guided Garden Tours
Free guided tours of the Garden leave from the Visitors’ Centre (Gate 1) at 10h00, 11h00 and 14h00 Monday to Friday and at 10h00 on Saturdays. Free guided tours also leave from the Garden Centre (Gate 2) at 10h45 Monday to Saturday. There are no tours on Sundays.

Tours are free but Garden entry fee applies.

All tours are 90 minutes long.

Each guide presents a unique tour taking in the highlights of the season, exploring most of the Garden while including the oldest and most famous features like the Dell.

Go to Events to find out about additional free guided walks on offer at Kirstenbosch, e.g. bird walks, themed walks and special walks during school holidays.

Special Interest and Group Tours
Special interest guided tours and group bookings can be arranged in advance via the Information Desk at a fee of R65 per person, additional to Garden entry fee, with a minimum of R520 per tour. A tour led by a professional horticulturist or botanist can be arranged at a fee of R400 per person, with a minimum fee of R1200 per tour, and a maximum time of 3 hours.

To make a booking or enquire further, telephone the Information Desk at 021 799 8783 or fax 021 797 6570.

Shuttle Car Tours
Shuttle car tours of the Garden leave from the Visitors’ Centre (Gate 1), on the hour, daily, from 09h00 to 15h00, on fair-weather days. The shuttle car can accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers.

Tickets for the Shuttle Car Tours cost R80 per person, additional to Garden entry fee. Tickets are purchased from the Ticket Office along with the Garden entry ticket.

To book, call the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office on 021 799 8782 between 08h00 and 17h00.

Picnics are allowed in Kirstenbosch, but you are not permitted to take chairs, tables, umbrellas, tents etc. into the Garden. Braais / barbecues are not allowed. Picnic hampers and/or takeaways are available from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room and Moyo restaurant.

Kirstenbosch is a No Bins Garden, rubbish bins are not present in most parts of the Garden. Visitors are expected to take their refuse with them when they leave the Garden and dispose of it responsibly. This discourages scavengers like rats, and keeps the Garden cleaner.

Dogs are not allowed in the developed Garden or the natural area immediately surrounding the Garden as far as the upper contour path. Dogs may be brought in via Rycroft Gate (Gate 3), where they may be walked up to the 300 m contour path via the path through the Seed Orchard/Stock Beds. See the Dogs Map for the dog-walking paths and dog exclusion zone. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, and dog walkers must pick up and dispose of their dog’s litter. Visitors caught breaking these rules may be fined.

Right of admission is reserved.

Kirstenbosch will not be held liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained on its premises.

Entry to Kirstenbosch and parking at Kirstenbosch is at own risk.

Enjoy your visit to Kirstenbosch, protect our natural heritage and please abide by the following rules: NB: visitors caught breaking the Garden rules may be fined.

Do’s
Discover plants and animals
Explore the Garden, the forest and the fynbos
Walk
Hike
Watch birds
Spot wildlife
Take photographs
Picnic on the lawns
Relax at concerts
Enjoy sculptures and art
Supervise your children
Savour the beauty and tranquillity
Take litter home, and dispose of it responsibly

Dont's
Walk in the flowerbeds
Trample, break or remove any plants, flowers or seeds
Disturb, harm, feed, touch, catch or remove any wildlife
Bring dogs or pets
Bring garden furniture
Play ball games or fly kites
Ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller skate
Play a radio or musical instrument or make noise
Swim
Climb the trees
Climb the sculptures
Litter
Light fires or braais
Drop cigarettes
Let off fireworks

If you are planning to walk or hike in the natural area of Kirstenbosch or on Table Mountain, please take note of these safety guidelines and take care:

Table Mountain has many steep gorges and sheer cliff faces, which are dangerous to even the most experienced and well-equipped rock climbers. Only Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge provide safe routes up and down the mountain behind Kirstenbosch. Please keep to the demarcated footpaths.

The Cape weather is notoriously changeable and differs from one place to the next. In summer, clouds can descend on the top of Table Mountain blanketing it in mist with no warning, suddenly turning a hot sunny summer day into a cold, windy and misty-wet one on top of the mountain. Another factor is the wind, which can gust and blow very strongly.

Muggings and attacks on Table Mountain have increased in recent years. Even though the Kirstenbosch and Table Mountain National Park security are constantly on patrol, and have apprehended culprits, it is not advisable to walk alone or in small groups. Also, do not carry large amounts of money or valuables with you.

Mountain Safety Checklist
Never hike alone and never split up. A group of 5 or more is advised.
Choose your route according to your group’s ability and fitness.
Take a good map of your route.
Tell someone at home which route you are taking and stick to it.
Wear suitable hiking clothing: sturdy shoes, a hat, sunblock and always take a windbreaker.
Always take fresh water with you, at least 2 litres per person.
Get back before dark.
Turn back if the weather turns cloudy or rainy, and don’t set out if the weather conditions are cloudy, misty or the wind is very strong. Check to see if the Cable Car is running – Cable Car Tel: +27 (021) 424 0015.
If you get lost, particularly in the mist or the dark, stay put, find shelter, keep warm and dry and wait it out.
If you lose the path, retrace your steps, do not push on.
Take a charged cellphone with airtime and emergency numbers programmed in. e.g. Kirstenbosch Info Desk +27 (021) 799 8783, Kirstenbosch Security +27 (021) 799 8618, Table Mountain National Park emergency +27 (086) 110 6417, Claremont Police Station +27 (021) 657 2251/2250

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