Free tour

Free Kirstenbosch Gardens Walking Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day walkers, Welcome and thank you for reaching us. 😃 Our guests have reviewed us to be the top rated GuruWalk tour operator in Cape Town and South Africa 🇿🇦. They also highly recommend us as well. In fact, we are the first GuruWalk operator in Southern Africa to reach over 100 reviews with mostly 5 🌟 ratings. For your convenience, we have the most scheduled tours per week. My name is Michael and I am a registered Regional and Provincial Cultural Tourist Guide, as well as a registered National Overnight Off Trail Mountain Adventure Trekking Tourist Guide. I was born in Cape Town and married to Bridget who is a Tourist Guide as well. Together we have worked and travelled throughout South Africa, as well as in many other countries around the world. We also enjoy membership with the Cape Tourist Guide's Association. My uncle (who is still alive today) was the neighbour of Nelson Mandela when he spent almost 7 years in the jail cell right next door to Madiba, as a political prisoner on Robben Island. For more about this, you may want to book our "Oppression and Apartheid to Liberation" walking tour. We also conduct tours all across South Africa, including Sightseeing Tours, Hiking Tours, Rock Art Tours, Safaris, Adventure Tours, Wine Tours, National Parks, and more.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
"Fun by nature . . . we'll take you there"

*Child friendly*


  • Indigenous vegetation
  • Proteas, Restios, Ericas
  • Trees, flowers, and plants
  • Fresh floral displays
  • Khoisan (indigenous people of the Cape)
  • Dinosaur and Cycad Garden
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Braile Trail
  • Namib desert display 
  • Conservatory
  • Baobabs tree
  • Bonsais
  • Prehistoric fossils
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Sculptures and other art displays
  • Elevated bridge walkway
  • Beautiful views
  • Photographer's paradise
  • Natural water springs
  • Birdlife
  • Other interesting information & more

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder situated adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park.
Here, evidence was found to support the fact that the area was inhabited by Stone Age man more than 2000 years before Europeans first discovered this land.
When the Dutch East India Company formed a refreshment station at the Cape, this land became protected to secure the existing forest for its valuable timber.
Between 1657 and 1895,  this land was sold no less than 9 times. It eventually became the property of the Union of South Africa in 1902, when it was decided to create a botanical garden for scientific, educational, tourist, and leisure purposes.

Many indigenous plants and trees can be found here. The general term for the naturally occurring plant life is called fynbos (fine bush).
The Fynbos consists of four families:
- Proteas
- Ericas
- Restios
- Geophytes

The walking tour will include many hidden gems that one can only enjoy and appreciate with a knowledgeable Tourist Guide.

(This tour does require one to pay an entrance fee at the gardens)

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  • Meeting point:
    Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700...
    Rhodes Ave, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
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    We meet outside the pay office before you enter, entrance gate 2, closest to the Kirstenbosch plant nursery. I will be wearing an official tourist guide badge with the Tusk Adventures & Tours logo.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Karen 22 Aug 2022
San Jose

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Travelled alone - Aug 2022
It’s a must
Yannick Carlier 07 Aug 2022

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Travelled alone - Jul 2022
Thank you again Michael for this custom tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens! You are very knowledgeable!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.