On Monday, August 3, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden reopened for outdoor exercise only. In line with the Level 3 regulations, Kirstenbosch has implemented strict health protocols.

Following the announcement by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, all national botanical gardens may reopen. However, the gardens will be open solely for outdoor exercise. Visitors are requested to maintain safety by practising sanitation and social distancing. “The welfare of our visitors and staff are of paramount importance, and therefore we urge our patrons to follow the regulations,” says Ms Carmel Mbizvo, SANBI Acting Chief Executive Officer.

In line with Level 3 regulations, Kirstenbosch has implemented strict health protocols. We encourage everyone to work together to keep Kirstenbosch open. Kirstenbosch Garden and associated Estate will enforce the following:

• Screening and contact tracing will be done upon entry

• The wearing of masks in public is mandatory, no mask, no entry

• Visitors will be expected to wear masks at all times in Kirstenbosch

• Picnicking and gathering in social groups are not allowed

• Physical distancing measures will be strictly enforced

• The use of kiddies jungle gym is prohibited

• Limitations of visitor numbers may be imposed

“We are pleased to reopen and ready to welcome back families to enjoy our open safe space,” concludes Sarah Struys, Events and Tourism Manager, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Moyo Kirstenbosch Restaurant, Vida e Caffè, Garden Centre, Bookshops and Giftshops are open. The layouts have changed to reduce the number of customers, and all patrons are required to wear masks, except while eating and drinking.

Top 10 things to do at Kirstenbosch

Here are the top 10 things to do when visiting Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

1. Have breakfast at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room
2. Walk and enjoy the view from the Tree Canopy Walkway ‘The Boomslang‘
3. Seek out a waterfall
4. Have lunch at Moyo
5. Visit The Conservatory – a desert house with a majestic baobab tree in its centre
6. Stock up on plants at the Kirstenbosch Garden Centre
7. Take home some botanical themed souvenirs from the Gift Shop
8. Enjoy some outdoor art
9. Fill up your library at the Botsoc Bookshop
10. Hike Table Mountain

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will be open every day from 08h00-18h00. To reduce contact, book and pay tickets online at Webtickets