The Winter Wonders Special at Kirstenbosch where the kids’ entry fee is still free for the extended school holidays. The offer will now be valid until July 25.
Start your adventure from the Kirstenbosch Bookshop
Head on over to the Visitor Centre (Gate 1). The Kirstenbosch Gift Shop and Bookshop have a ton of fun in store for families. Ask one of the shop assistants for a Kirstenbosch Adventure Map. The booklet has a map inside where “find 50 in Kirstenbosch” is a fun way to explore Kirstenbosch. If a family ticks off 10 things on the adventure map, they will receive a R50 gift voucher from the Kirstenbosch Gift Shop which will be valid until the end of July.
Fresh air makes for healthy appetites
Those who enjoy carefully curated, quality meals should definitely visit The Kirstenbosch Tea Room. Moyo is offering their hearty meals and gourmet milkshakes to enjoy next to their fireplace or as takeaways. Vida e Caffè is the perfect spot to pick up a smoothie, coffee or toastie. In accordance with the adjusted level 4 restrictions announced on 11 July – restaurants are open for take-aways and a limited seated capacity of 50 patrons.
Another #WinterWonders treat for the family at #VidaeCaffe – add a Chicken Mayo Toastie from R39 when purchasing a Caffè. ☕️ Find them at the Visitors Centre, gate 1.
Remember, all youth 17 yrs/younger get #FREE entry to Kirstenbosch until 18 July 2021. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HSoAqzjohv
— Kirstenbosch (@KirstenboschNBG) July 8, 2021
Shopping at Kirstenbosch
The Kirstenbosch Gift Shop is a celebration of all things botanical and showcases the unique work of a myriad of talented local South African makers. Ranges include bath and body products, home-ware, children’s gifts, clothing and accessories.
Kirstenbosch Bookshop is South Africa’s leading stockist of botanical, natural history, guides, maps and South African cooking books. There is a children’s book section including puzzles and colouring books.
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— Kirstenbosch (@KirstenboschNBG) July 12, 2021
Bring the wonder of mother nature to your own garden
Want to start your own garden? Head on over to Kirstenbosch Garden Centre (Gate 2), they are specialists in indigenous gardening and their experienced staff are on hand to offer advice. They have a wide variety of rare and unusual succulents, as well as the easy-to-grow local species. Bring the kids and let them choose a succulent; they are easy to maintain; it might just be the ideal lockdown project.
The Wonders of Winter in Kirstenbosch
Winter is expected to be cold and drab but this is not the case at Kirstenbosch, it is full of colour and life; it comes alive with bursts of colour and calls of birds. Even though it may be cold and wet we also get many gloriously clear, sunny days at this time of year, and if you look, you will find an astonishing number of plants in flower.
Get active and follow the Kirstenbosch 15 mins Forest Trail
For those looking for something different, try one of the forest trails. The Forest Braille Trail is the easiest, suitable even for small children, a short 15 min circular walk through the forest with benches and points of interest. Starts and ends at the Fragrance Garden.
Be sure to grab a Garden Guide map at the Ticket Office to accompany your wanderings. For the more intrepid who would like to tackle one of the trails through the Kirstenbosch Estate, there are five to choose from and details can be found on the Walks and Trails Map available at the Ticket Office. Please take care on the mountain and pay attention to the weather. Remember that after rain, the mountain streams and waterfalls will be running strongly and the paths will be wet.
Safety remains a priority
Families visiting Kirstenbosch during adjusted level 4, must please be aware that due to the restrictions picnics and gathering in social groups are not allowed. The wearing of masks in public is mandatory. Kirstenbosch reminds everyone to please wear their masks correctly at all times.
Kirstenbosch is open every day, including public holidays, from 08h00-18h00 in winter.
The entrance fee for South African residents of 18 years and older is R80 (South Africans remember your ID, Driver licence or proof of residency); RSA Senior Citizens (with ID) are free on Tuesdays except on public holidays; RSA Students (with student card) pay R45; All youth aged 17 years and younger get free entry during the Winter Wonders special.
To reduce contact, please pay entry tickets via card at the ticket office.
For more information contact Kirstenbosch on 021 799 8783.
Picture: Facebook / Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden