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KIRSTENBOSCH GARDEN EXPLORER TOUR (HALF DAY)

This tour is designed to introduce those of our Guests who are interested in Botany to the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is characterised by our fragile indigenous vegetation commonly known as Fynbos. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the Floral Kingdoms in the world, but is home to the greatest diversity of Plant species. But the Kirstenbosch Garden are not only for the plant enthusiast. The abundant combination of colour, birdsong, sunshine and shade make it a haven of peace that can be enjoyed by all.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the oldest and largest botanical garden in South Africa covering an area of 528ha. The farm Kirstenbosch was purchased by Cecil John Rhodes in 1895 and the wild fig and camphor trees that he planted more than a century ago can still be seen in the Garden. On his death in 1902 the land was donated to the nation and in 1913 the Government set it aside for the establishment of a Botanical Garden under the Directorship of Prof. Pearson and Kirstenbosch was born. Today, a collection of over 1 000 indigenous plants and a research unit and Library attracts Botanists from all over the World. There is also an opportunity to explore the Nursery, which sells indigenous plants that are found nowhere else in the World.

Our tour, capably guided by an amateur botanical enthusiast, will take you on an “explorer” tour of the garden to locate those plants that are in flower at the particular time of the year. Little signboards and paved paths steer you through the highlights of the Garden, with most trees and plants readily identified by labels. Spring (August – October) is when the Fynbos bursts into life and we are treated to some of the most spectacular wild flower displays created by Mother Nature.

No Garden can exist without the role played by Birds and Kirstenbosch is renowned as an ideal venue for spotting a variety of Cape Sunbirds as well as a myriad raptors and other birdlife.

Ideally, this is a tour best enjoyed in the morning, but the Garden is suitable for visiting throughout the day, throughout the Year.

NB: The tour is subject to prevailing weather conditions

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