Cape Town audio tour: Kirstenbosch Walking Tour

About the Tour

This walking tour takes you on a loop through the lower slopes of the gardens. It has a little bit of everything of interest, including botany, history, landscape, art and culture. It’s a walk of sensual delight through the natural beauty of the gardens throughout, and you even get to touch and smell the fynbos in the fragrance garden! The walk goes via the rare plant garden and erica beds to the forested dell and prehistoric cycad collection. It carries on into the wilder parts of the garden, through the tree tops on the boomslang canopy walkway. The return loop of the walk is via the succulent garden, spring flowerbeds and the Zimbabwe stone sculpture collection.

Tour Producer


Jeanette Clarke

For the past nearly 30 years, I've worked as a researcher and development practitioner specialising in forests, people and trees. My work has taken many different forms, from sacred forests to indigenous tenure rights to timber plantation labour.

I have kept up an amateur interest in botany and I have a special love for the Cape's indigenous flora, fynbos. I also come from a long line of devoted women gardeners, and as I get older, I'm spending more and more time in my own garden.

I take advantage of living in beautiful Cape Town, by swimming in the sea and hiking in the mountains as often as I can. I've been here for 17 years now, and I'm still amazed at my good fortune!

Major Landmarks

Directions to Starting Point

Gate Two, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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Places to stop along the way

Lawns, The Tea Room, Moyo's

Best time of day

During Kirstenbosch opening hours.


Bring a hat in summer, and a raincoat in winter. The only place with WiFi at Kirstenbosch is the Vida e Caffe at Gate One, and 3G is unreliable. The walk starts at Gate Two, and you'd be better off downloading everything before you get there.


Very informative and the narrator was very passionate. Directions could have been a bit clearer.

Posted by Manish K , over 4 years ago

I did this walk last weekend. Such a lovely, informative experience!

Posted by Lauren Edwards , over 6 years ago
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