No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the most highly acclaimed botanical gardens in the world. Spread across the folds of Table Mountain, the garden lies at the heart of the Cape Floral Region, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, making Kirstenbosch the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site.
Established in 1913, the garden seamlessly merges with the Table Mountain National Park. One can simply stroll around the garden and soak up the sounds, colours and aromas of the natural environment or take advantage of a guided shuttle tour. Self-guided walks are also more than satisfactory as the garden is superbly signposted with informational boards and audio guides. Expect to find an array of fun activities and two restaurants within the garden, as well as a gift shop to enjoy before returning to the bustling city.