Last updated on 25 February 13

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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  • Parties / Large Groups

    Old Mutual Conference & Exhibition Centre The Conference and Exhibition Centre at Kirstenbosch is situated in the Visitors' Centre, the main gateway into this world-famous botanical garden. The Conference and Exhibition Centre accommodates up to 380 delegates, with an adjoining foyer and breakaway rooms. It is suitable for events such as conferences, product launches, corporate and private functions. The dimensions of the hall are: length: 28.7m, width: 13.6m, ceiling height: 4.65m, total floor area: 393m2. Audio-visual equipment supplied: Flipcharts, overhead projectors, lapel microphone, lectern microphone, lectern public address system, 5-shuttle CD player, twin cassette deck, amplifier, touch-screen, remote control panel for audiovisual equipment and lighting, chairs. Other: Stage: 9.2m X 3.4m, soundproof partitioning to divide the room into two or three sections, kitchen facilities for outside caterers, air-conditioning underfloor heating, breakaway rooms, registration desk, free parking. Maximum seating capacities: Conferences and lectures/presentations: - cinema style: 380 - schoolroom: 300 Banquets with 10-seater round tables: - Set menu: 300 - Set menu and dance floor: 280 - Buffet menu: 250 - Buffet menu and dance floor: 230 Banquets with 8-seater round tables: - Set menu: 320 - Set menu and dance floor: 290 - Buffet menu: 280 - Buffet menu and dance floor: 250 - Cocktail parties: 350 Small meetings and presentations The Conference and Exhibition Centre can be divided into three smaller parts. One section is ideal for meetings, workshops and presentations for 30 to 80 people. Weddings The Old Mutual Conference Centre is also ideal for private parties and weddings. If your wedding takes place at this venue, the wedding ceremony can be held in the Sculpture Garden at Kirstenbosch. The wedding photos can then also be taken in this area. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Botanical Society Conservatory The Conservatory houses South African succulent plants that cannot survive in open air at Kirstenbosch. This is a venue with a difference for cocktail parties for up to 120 people. The Conservatory is available for hire on weekdays from 17h30. Kitchen facilities: small holding area only - not equipped. à photo: conservatory -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sanlam Lecture Hall For horticultural events and art exhibitions. This venue is available for hire during the summer from 08h00 until 19h00 and during winter from 08h00 until 18h00. Kitchen facilities: small kitchen available - not equipped. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marquee lawn A marquee lawn of 24m X 44m is available for big functions and cocktail parties. The following facilities are available in the marquee area: - 3-phase electricity - water - toilets - Please note that there are limitations to amplified music in this area. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For enquiries about venues and bookings, please contact Alison Pekeur (021) 799-8686 or email

  • Parking

    Parking is available.

  • Disabled Access

    Physically challenged visitors should contact the information office in advance to book a wheelchair or one of the golf cart/shuttle tours.

  • Shopping

    Kirstenbosch is a plant lover's paradise, and it is also a shopper's delight. This is the ideal place to buy enviro-friendly gifts, books, plants and sculpture. The retail outlets at Kirstenbosch are not directly operated by the SANBI and contact details for the various shops can be found below. All the shops are outside the Garden itself and can be visited without paying to enter the Garden. Please use contact details provided below to contact these suppliers. Please be sure to contact the correct service provider. Please do not contact email SANBI, these are all independent service providers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plants Kirstenbosch Garden Centre The Kirstenbosch Garden Centre is an indigenous nursery operated by Richard Jamieson, Trish Hutton-Squire and Donovan Gillman, who together have more than 50 years of nursery and landscape experience, much of it with indigenous plants. A wide range of plants including bulbs, succulents, groundcovers, trees, shrubs, climbers, annuals, fynbos plants and herbaceous material is on sale. Compost and environmentally friendly fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides are stocked. Fresh cut flowers can also be bought. The Garden centre is open 09h00 to 17h00 everyday excepting Christmas Day and Easter Saturday. The nursery, has its own entrance from the car park at gate 2, but access to the gardens is restricted to ticket holders only. Please note that the nursery does not operate a mail order system and neither are we able to arrange phytosanitary certificates necessary for moving plants around the world. The Kirstenbosch seedroom handles the sale of seed by mail. Tel: = SA (021) 797 1305 Fax = SA (021) 797 0507 Postal address: 22 Soliter Street, Kirstenhof. 7945. South Africa. Email: Please only direct enquiries directly related to the nursery at the Garden Centre to this email address. See below for other email addresses for shops at Kirstenbosch. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gifts Visitors' Centre Shop This contains The Kirstenbosch Shop operated by Natural World Merchants. The shop sells a wide range of gifts and curios, clothing and homeware. The shop is open every day of the year from 9h00 - 18h00 in winter and 19h00 in summer. The shop offers a free gift wrap service, 10% discount to Botanical Society members and a comprehensive freight service. Kirstenbosch Logo Store The Kirstenbosch Logo Store is a satellite store of the Kirstenbosch Shop specialising in a range of Kirstenbosch memorabilia. Amonst other things you will find aloe cosmetics, botanical homeware, clothing and herbal teas. It situated at the Kirstenbosch Garden Centre and shares the same trading hours as the Garden Centre. Visitors' Centre Shop & Logo Store contact details Postal Address: P O Box 8618, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa. Email enquiries to Vistors' Centre Shop Tel. +27 21 -762 2510 (international): (021)762 2510 (SA) Fax. +27 21 762 3395 (international): (021)762 3395 (SA) Logo Store Tel/Fax (021) 797 6852. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Books Botanical Society Bookshops Based in the Visitors' Centre is the Botanical Society Bookshop which is open every day from 9h00-18h00. This sells a wide range of books on flora, fauna and natural history. At the Centre for Home Gardening the Botanical Society manages a satellite Bookshop, trading every day from 09h00-16h30, selling a wide range of garden related books, educational children's books and stationery. Postal Address: PO Box 53445, Kenilworth 7745, South Africa Tel: +27 21 762 1621 (international) : (021)762 1621 (SA) Fax: +27 21 762 0923 (international) : (021)762 0923 (SA) Email: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sculpture Mambo Exports Unique African sculpture is also for sale at the Visitors' Centre. Mambo Exports cc sell a wide range of pieces suited to the home and garden. See the Kirstenbosch What's On page for links to current sculpture displays at Kirstenbosch. Tel: +27 21 761 0065 (international) : (021) 761 0065 (SA) Fax: +27 21 762 2557 (international) : (21) 762 2557 (SA) Email: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Design Centre roomtogrow One of the tenants at the Kirstenbosch Centre for Home Gardening is roomtogrow, a garden design company that assists home owners to plan gardens to suit their lifestyles and complement their homes. "We believe that home owners need to make full use of their outdoor space to create an 'extension' of their home", says Donovan Gillman of roomtogrow. "We are fortunate to live in a country where our climate lends itself to outdoor living and it makes sense not to restrict your lifestyle to being indoors. By create additional space outdoors - not matter how big or small your garden - you can add to your lifestyle." The Pam Golding Property Design Centre will form a satellite office of roomtogrow with consultants offering free advice to homeowners between 11h00 and 15h00 daily. For more information on roomtogrow and the range of services it offers call (021) 797- 8975 or email

  • Restaurant

    Kirstenbosch has four venues offering refreshments, all situated in very attractive surroundings. These outlets are not operated by the National Botanical Institute, so please contact the restaurant concerned for bookings or further details. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Silvertree Restaurant and Fynbos Deli Situated in a near paradise, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens boasts the world-class Silvertree and 'European Deli-style' Fynbos restaurant. This is a venue competent to meet the wishes of every individual and exploit the beauty of every season! On a warm, summers evening it is possible to savour a good wine or sip away at a cocktail whilst the Cape sun sets majestically over the mountain. In the winter it is possible to dine in intimate delight as the warmth from the glowing log fire pleasantly lulls your senses. The serene ambiance experienced in this 300 seater venue which is ideal for Weddings, Bar mitzvahs,cocktail parties, dinner parties and Private functions is truly captivating, and with the backdrop of the tranquil gardens and mountain, defining memories are inevitable. 'The Fynbos', named after the uniquely South African flora, boasts a range of fresh products for picnic baskets and light lunches which are enjoyed by tour groups, nature lovers and young travellers alike. We invite you to discover the heart of quality dining, personal service and warmth in the most beautiful gardens in the world! Join us at Silvertree restaurant for a truly Capetonian experience. Telephone no: 021 - 762 9585 Fax No: 021 - 762 9625 Email address: Silvertree Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 8h30am - 22h00 Delicatessen is open from 8h30- 18h00 in summer and until 17h00 in winter. Download Silvertree Picnic Options ( as .pdf file) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kirstenbosch Tea Room The Kirstenbosch Tea Room was built in 2003 to replace the popular Tea Room built in 1924 and demolished 75 years later, in 1999. The old favourites like fish and chips and bangers and mash are served with contemporary flair and many new exciting dishes have been added to the extensive menu. Breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, soups and comfort foods, lunches and teas are served. Try their “Tea for Two” high tea! Everything is baked on the spot – wholewheat seed loaf, Italian bread, cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns and scones served with clotted cream. Order “to go” and enjoy your meal in the garden. Anything off our menu is available to take away. All the food is MSG free and only butter, extra virgin olive oil and canola oil are used There is something for everyone – wheat free, gluten free, sugar free, egg free, dairy free, plenty for vegetarian and a special kids menu for the children and the not so hungry adults. The Kirstenbosch Tea Room is fully licensed and the wine list includes a selection of popular wines. Booking is advised on Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and for large parties. For groups of 15-30 persons, Monday to Saturday, The Tea Room will be happy to provide a buffet. Give the perfect gift – Meal and “Tea for Two” vouchers are available from the Tea Room Download Restaurant and Take Away Menu Download Special Party Menu Download Picnic Menu Entry from Rhodes Drive (Ave), Gate 2 at the upper parking lot. Tel: 021 7974883 Fax: 021 7974083 Email: The Kirstenbosch Tea Room is open 364 days of the year (closed Christmas day) Autumn and Winter - Monday to Sunday 09h00 – 17h00 Spring and Summer - Monday to Sunday 08h30 – 17h00 Regret : Laptops may not be used at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Caffe Botanica Situated in the Visitors' Centre at Kirstenbosch, Caffe Botanica is an excellent spot for a light lunch, coffee break or snack. It can be visited without entering the Garden. Caffe Botanica is open daily from 08h00-017h30, but may close earlier in winter. Tel: 021 762 6841

  • Light Refreshments

    Light refreshments are available.

  • Picnic Area

    There is a picnic area or picnics are allowed.

  • Special Events

    SOUP FESTIVAL at Kirstenbosch Tea Room The soup festival is taking place at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room throughout winter where you can enjoy a choice of vegetable and barley or Moroccan spicy black bean soup for R40 or beef goulash or pea & ham soup for R46. (Starter portions are also available at R25 / R29). CLIVIA SHOW Venue: Lecture Hall Dates: 29 & 30 September 2008 from 09h00 to 17h00 Free of charge to the show, Garden fee still applies. WEDNESDAY TALKS at KIRSTENBOSCH Presented by ROOM TO GROW SANLAM HALL, KIRSTENBOSCH at 10.30am OCT 01 NORMA LUCAS: DAISIES IN FLOWER (Blooming Daisies) Horticulturist, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden NOV 12 SANDY GILLMAN: GARDEN MAINTENANCE B.C. Landscape Training Free entry, but garden entry fee applies. Enquiries, please contact – ROOM to GROW - CATHY ABBOTT 021 4656440 / 072 2012535 Tel 021 797 8975 Fax 021 761 5754 FREE GUIDED GARDEN WALKS Mondays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Tuesdays at 10h00 and 11h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Wednesdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Thursdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Fridays at 10h00: Garden Walk: (approx. 90 mins) Saturdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Please note that all walks start from the Information Desk at Gate 1 (Visitors' Centre). In case of rainy weather a conservatory tour will replace the advertised walk. Guided tours for groups can be booked ahead at an extra R20 per person (minimum R140 per group). Please phone (021) 799 8783 or fax (021) 797 6570 for details. Golf Cart Tours Golf cart tours of the garden are on offer from 09h00 to 15h00 on fair –weather days at R30 per person (max 5 passengers). To book, call the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office on (021) 799 8782 between 08h00 and 17h00. The MyGuide Self-guiding system is available at R35 per handset – in English or German –from Visitors Centre information desk (please pay for the audio guide at the ticket office). KIRSTENBOSCH CRAFT MARKET Last Sunday of the month at the Stone Cottages, excluding winter months. Time: 09h00 to 15h00 Free entry PRICE INCREASE From 1 September 2008 the garden entry fees are as follows: Adults – R32,00 Students (SA with card) – R20,00 Scholars (6 to 17 years) – R10,00 Weekly Meeting of Botanical Artists Kirstenbosch NBG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON KIRSTENBOSCH EVENTS CALL Information Desk on (021) 799 8783

  • Walks

    FREE GUIDED GARDEN WALKS Mondays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Tuesdays at 10h00 and 11h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Wednesdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Thursdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Fridays at 10h00: Garden Walk: (approx. 90 mins) Saturdays at 10h00: Garden Walk (approx. 90 mins) Please note that all walks start from the Information Desk at Gate 1 (Visitors' Centre). In case of rainy weather a conservatory tour will replace the advertised walk. Guided tours for groups can be booked ahead at an extra R20 per person (minimum R140 per group). Please phone (021) 799 8783 or fax (021) 797 6570 for details.