Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cape Town: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1. Cape Town: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

One of South Africa’s most popular destinations, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See landmarks such as Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from 4 exciting tour routes. There are 2 ticket options available. If you opt for a 1-day ticket it allows you to experience all four routes - Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple Routes. The 2-day ticket allows you to take advantage of all routes - Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple Routes - for 2 consecutive days.  The 2-day ticket also includes 2 walking tours, a harbor cruise, and a sunset bus tour during the summer season. The Red City Tour 1 V&A Waterfont 2 The Clock tower 3 Cape Town Convention Centre 5 81 Long Street 6 Jewel Africa 7 Lower Cableway Station 8 Camps Bay Beachfront 9 President Hotel 10 St John's Road 11 Winchester Mansions Hotel 12 Green Point Lighthouse The Blue City Tour 1 V&A Waterfont 4 Foreshore 5 81 Long Street 15 Mount Nelson Hotel 20 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens 21 Constantia Nek (Wine Bus Tour CHANGE POINT) 22 World of Birds Park in Hout Bay 23 Imizamo Yethu Township (walking tour) 24 Mariner’s Wharf at Hout Bay Harbor 8 Camps Bay Beachfront 9 President Hotel 10 St John's Road 11 Winchester Mansions Hotel 12 Green Point Lighthouse Yellow Downtown Tour  5 81 Long Street 13 St George's Cathedral 14 South African Museum & Planetarium 15 Mount Nelson Hotel (access to the Government Gardens) 16 SA Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center 17 District Six Museum 18 Castle of Good Hope Purple Wine Tour Visit Constantia Valley – the oldest wine making region in South Africa. Groot Constantia Estate (oldest commercial wine estate) Eagles’ Nest (boutique winery)  Beau Constantia (great wine and amazing views)

The Cape Town Official City Pass

2. The Cape Town Official City Pass

Explore the best of what Cape Town has to offer. Choose either a 2, 3, or 5-day City Pass, giving you free entry to over 80 of Cape Town’s top attractions to experience. If you are serious about exploring the heart of Cape Town, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Save money with the Official Cape Town City Pass.  You'll find there's something for everyone.  Just some of the over 80 attractions and experiences include: • Free transport, for the duration of your pass, on the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus which takes you to over 80% of the attractions. • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway • Sunset Champagne Cruises • V&A Waterfront Seal and Harbour Cruise • LaGuGu Township Tour • Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art • The Cape Wheel • Two Oceans Aquarium • World of Birds • Seal Island Cruises • Crocodile Farm • Hard Rock Café • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat • Groot Constantia Wine Estate • South African Museum • Slave Lodge • District Six Museum • And much more If you select the Premium option, you can choose one of the following exclusive experiences:   • Great White Shark Cage Diving • Big 5 Safari • Cape Town Helicopters • Whale Watching • Jeep Tours • and many more

Cape Town: City Sightseeing Private Trip to Table Mountain

3. Cape Town: City Sightseeing Private Trip to Table Mountain

Start with a morning walk through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Summit to the top of Table Mountain with the Cable Car and see 360 degrees of breathtaking views from the top of Table Mountain. Wander along wooden and sandy footpaths and breath in the attractive smells of fynbos. Explore Bo-kaap on foot along its cobbled stone streets and admire the colourfully painted houses. Sample hot, spicy, and sweet Cape Malay food. End off with one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, with a stop-off at Camps Bay and sunset drinks at a secret location, overlooking the Atlantic seaboard.

Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

4. Cape Point Full-Day Tour From Cape Town

Cape Point is located just 60 kilometers from Cape Town in a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. It is the most southwestern tip of the African continent, and popularly referred to as the mythical meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Discovered in 1488 by Bartholomeu Dias, Cape Point has long been an important navigational landmark. The 9-hour tour begins in Cape Town and the drive takes you along the scenic Atlantic coast with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the 12 Apostles mountains. After a short stop at Clifton Beach your drive continues past Camps Bay and then on spectacular Chapman's Peak Drive to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay. Visit Hout Bay to explore an arts and crafts market and if you like, choose the optional boat ride to Seal Island. Drive past the suburb of Noordhoek, known for its picturesque shoreline and long, wide sandy beach, and then the charming villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough, as you make your way to Table Mountain National Park. As you drive through Table Mountain National Park to Cape Point, be on the lookout for Chacma baboons, ostrich and antelope. When you reach Cape Point you can walk up to the historic lighthouse (or take a 3-minute funicular ride) for magnificent, panoramic ocean views. Next is a short ride to the official southwestern-most point on the tip of Africa, at the Cape of Good Hope. Be sure to get a photo at the famous sign! Begin the journey back to Cape Town with a drive along the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, stopping to visit the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach in Simon's Town. Pass the coastal town of Fish Hoek and the popular surfing site of Muizenburg, with a short stop to see the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your Cape Town hotel. Please note that the private tour option excludes entrance to Cape Point.

Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

5. Cape Peninsula and Penguin Colony Full Day Shared Tour

This full-day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet. Also be sure not to miss the sensational visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 1. Clifton & Camps Bay Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status, offering pristine white beaches and beautiful, clear waters that make these beaches highly popular with locals and visitors alike. (30 minutes) 2. Hout Bay & Seal Island Boat Trip The small fishing village of Hout Bay is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals, and feels like an entirely separate town. A beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets, and plenty of restaurants make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour. You will also have the option of going to admire the thousands of seals that inhabit the Seal Island at your own cost. (45 minutes) 3. Cape Point Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area are some of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans landscapes of rugged cliffs, lush fynbos, and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. (1.5 hours) 4. Simon's Town & Penguin Colony Simon's Town is the seat of the SA Navy, and has a charming coastal town atmosphere and a vibrant history. Here you can find a thriving harbor, a toy museum, navy museum, and plenty of other sights – nearby is also Boulders Beach where you can admire the penguins for an extra fee. (45 minutes) 5. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offer visitors a haven of peace and serenity at the foot of the Devil's Peak mountain. Let yourself be enchanted and your senses roam free in the sights, smells, and sounds of this luscious forest. (45 minutes)

Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

6. Cape Town Private Guided Table Mountain Hikes

Join this private guided hike up iconic Table Mountain. Rising to just over one thousand meters directly from sea level, Table Mountain ranks in status alongside famous African giants such as Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountains. This tour is perfect for the energetic and inquisitive traveler. Learn secrets of the mountain, including how the watcher of the south, Umlindi Wemingizimu, became Table Mountain. Let your experienced guide interpret the natural wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A few tour routes are listed below. An optimum route will be chosen from this selection based on the fitness of the members of the party and the Cape’s unpredictable weather at the time. Western Table to Maclears Beacon return: A 2-hour easy to moderate hike on the Table Mountain Plateau. Your guide will organize tickets and then proceed with you up Table Mountain in the aerial cableway. The cableway can carry up to 60 people at a time and does a full rotation. This means you can enjoy 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Once on top, you will get away from the groups and meander along to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Twelve Apostles to the Table Mountain Plateau: A 5-hour moderate climb: The climb up Kasteelspoort zigzags its way up a partly shaded gorge beneath the overhanging walls of Spring Buttress. Climbers are rewarded with views of the Twelve Apostles that stand like sentinels overlooking the Atlantic coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch down in the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation. Eventually you arrive on the Table Mountain plateau for a pleasant walk towards the Upper Cableway station. Your guide will organize tickets and you will then proceed down Table Mountain in the aerial cableway, enjoying 360 degree views of Cape Town, Lions Head and the Mountain itself. Skeleton Gorge along the top of Table Mountain Plateau: A 6-hour moderate to strenuous hike: Start hiking in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, renowned for their spectacular array of indigenous plants. The climb up Skeleton gorge is well-equipped with ladders to aid hikers over the slippery rocks. Keep an eye out for the illusive endangered ghost frog as you ascend through the dense indigenous forests. The forest gradually gives way to the shrub-like Fynbos. This pleasant walk across the flat-topped Table plateau overlooking the city passes through some marshy frog breeding areas with interesting vegetation. Descend down Platteklip gorge or take a ride down the cableway if your legs are weary.

Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

7. Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

Discover the south-western tip of the Cape Peninsula and marvel at some of the most spectacular views in the world. The drive from Cape Town passes steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping stretches of beach. Your full-day tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay, where you’ll have spectacular views of the Table Mountain range. Continue to the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. Enjoy an optional short boat trip to Duiker Island, time permitting, to see the Cape fur seals that inhabit the island. Next is the Cape Point Nature Reserve, covering an area of more than 17,300 acres. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including baboons, rhebok, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, and the elusive eland. It is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. You’ll see the spot where, as per legend, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and feel the brisk wind that is said to have curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, you'll return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town, with a stop to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Before your return, stop for afternoon tea and cake. Then, return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

Cape of Good Hope Full-Day Private Tour

8. Cape of Good Hope Full-Day Private Tour

Discover the beauty of the Atlantic Seaboard, including the Blue Flag beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Visit the small fishing village of Hout Bay and encounter bustling markets along the way. Get the option to see thousands of seals on Seal Island Enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve on the tip of the peninsula, and then head to Simon's Town to explore the thriving harbor and attractions such as the navy museum in the hometown of the South African Navy. Enjoy the quiet of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the foot of Devil's Peak mountain and wander through a forest of fragrant plants before the return trip to Cape Town.

From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

9. From Cape Town: Cape Point, Penguins And Wine Tasting Tour

Get picked up at 8:00 AM from your centrally located Cape Town city hotel or lodging in order to start the Cape Peninsula Tour. Travel around the beautiful Atlantic coastline, past the world-famous Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches, Bakoven, Llandudno and through Hout Bay.  Continue along the world-renowned magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive towards Kommetjie, a great surf spot, the Slangkop Lighthouse, past Misty Cliffs and continuing through the quaint seaside village of Scarborough until heading to Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park. Be served complimentary tea/ coffee and biscuits at the much photographed Cape of Good Hope sign-board before driving further to eventually hop onto the Flying Dutchman Funicular (cost included) to go up to the incredibly beautiful viewing point around the base of the old Cape Point lighthouse. Your next exciting stop will be Boulders Beach, a popular tourist destination, to view a colony of African penguins that settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach is one of the few sites where the penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. Boardwalks will take you to within a few yards of the birds.  Lunch will normally be at Seaforth near Boulders. Their fish and chips is always a winner, but so is the rest of the menu. Then it's through Glen Cairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and over Boyes Drive for a panoramic view of False Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spot sharks or whales on a quick stop to the Shark Spotters lookout. Not far from here you reach the Constantia Valley Wine Route, one of 9 routes in South Africa. You will be treated to a tasting of 5 fine wines at one of the finely selected estates on route. Then for a scenic drive back to your hotel past Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which you can visit at your own leisure by taking the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus or an Uber from the city. This is a full day tour and you won't get back to your hotel until around 5:00 PM but it will be the most memorable day of your visit to Cape Town.

Cape Town: Spectacular Botanical Gardens with Guided Tour

10. Cape Town: Spectacular Botanical Gardens with Guided Tour

Discover a rich variety of flora at the Company’s Garden, first established to provide much-needed nourishment and medicinal herbs for sickly and malnourished seafarers. Feel the history of the gardens that blossomed into a gorgeous botanical site now host to many different influences from Dutch Baroque to Victorian romanticism. See the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa as well as the Rose Garden with its many different species of cultivated roses.   From here, the botanical journey continues to the Arderne Gardens, a South African Provincial Heritage Site. The Gardens – with its shady glades and Japanese-style ponds – has one of the most diverse and valuable collections of exotic trees in South Africa. It officially includes one of the largest trees in South Africa, the vast Moreton Bay Fig. This tree, along with five others were proudly designated Champion Trees.

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What people are saying about Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Great ticket lots included although not all are central Cape Town, we had other trips booked which enabled us to get the most use out of it. The premium ticket was well worth it too we did the Shark Diving

Great experience, will definitely recommend it for visitors to Cape Town. You get to see all wonderful areas such as Camps Bay, Table Mountain and others

aa a south adrican the tour was awesome and I loved the history enjoyed the trip and will recommend it as a must do experience

Great opportunity to see the Cape Town area. Just keep an eye out for the last departure.

Nice, goes to a lot of places. The drive is absolutely amazing.