The famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden known as one of the world's leading botanical gardens is located on the eastern slopes of the Table Mountain in Cape Town. It was founded in 1913, by Professor Pearson. It consists of landscaped gardens of plants and trees, watered by the Liesbeek River, as well as natural forest that extends up the lower slopes. Kirstenbosch gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of cultivated garden. The gardens are a celebration of South African flora - showcasing only indigenous South African plants. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns are intermingled with streams and ponds and well-laid out pathways for easy walking.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden lies 13 km from Cape Town city centre. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the first traffic light intersection turn right (southwards) into Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch.