Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens - Southern Africa : Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur and setting of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It has a deserved reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world.

Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur and setting of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It has a deserved reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. It is the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.

Established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, Kirstenbosch was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora.

There are over 7 000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species. More than merely a garden, Kirstenbosch is part of a 528 ha estate that extends up Table Mountain and merges seamlessly with the Table Mountain National Park, conserving natural fynbos and forest.

Kirstenbosch is administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Its mission is to promote the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation and enjoyment of the exceptionally rich plant and animal life of South Africa, for the benefit of all people.

Join us in celebrating Kirstenbosch's glory by posting observations of animals, moulds and plants that you see in the gardens. Let us showcase the wonders of Kirstenbosch for those not fortunate enough to visit her regularly.

05 Dec 2014
Tony Rebelo