Cape Bird Club Join Now


Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Aloe garden below Castle Rock - Mel Tripp
Aloe garden below Castle Rock - Mel Tripp
Boomslang canopy walkway - Mel Tripp
Boomslang canopy walkway - Mel Tripp
Cape Sugarbird Kirstenbosch by Limdsay MacDonald August 2014
Cape Sugarbird - Lindsay MacDonald
View across the gardens - Mel Tripp
View across the gardens - Mel Tripp
Cape Bird Club Kirstenbosch Orange-Breasted Sunbird 02 03012017 john rogers
Orange-breasted Sunbird - John Rogers
Dinosaurs sculptures - Penny Dichmont
Dinosaurs sculptures - Penny Dichmont
Southern double-collared Sunbird
Southern double-collared Sunbird
Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove - John Magner
Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove - John Magner
The beautiful flowering shrubs to be seen. Kirstenbosch Photograph by Cheryl Faull
The beautiful flowering pincushions - Cheryl Faull

Acclaimed as one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch offers the birder some excellent birding and close quarter interactions with some of the fynbos endemics – Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Spurfowl and elusive forest specials – Forest Canary, Cape Batis, Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove, African Olive-pigeon (Rameron) and African Goshawk.

Lying on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain it has a diversity of habitats with indigenous protea, erica, aloe, cycad and restio gardens, indigenous forest, fynbos, small wetlands, large sweeping lawns and other floral displays, all set against the backdrop of spectacular mountains, Castle Rock flanked by Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.

Many paths and tracks allow easy access for birders to almost all parts of the garden.

A tree canopy walkway, locally know as ‘the boomslang’ (tree snake) winds above the Arboretum for spectacular panoramic vistas above the treetops.

Some of the more common species found are: Sombre Greenbul, Cape Bulbul, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, African Dusky Flycatcher, Common and Swee Waxbill, Hadeda Ibis, Olive Thrush, Cape Robin-chat, Red-winged Starling, Southern Boubou, Karoo Prinia and Cape Grassbird. Cape Siskin is more often found on the higher slopes.

Scan the skies for several raptor species: Forest Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard, Black Sparrowhawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, occasionally seen is Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle and in summer Common (Steppe) Buzzard, along with the increasingly observed European Honey Buzzard. Also in summer several hirundine species occur, Rock Martin is resident.

At least two families of resident Spotted Eagle Owls can be found at their daytime roosts.

The Club runs regular monthly counts, usually on the first Sunday in the month. Leader John Magner 082 881 3845.

Plus weekday outings at different times, please contact Linda Hibbin on 021 788 1528, or e-mail 

Entrance fees for the gardens apply but no charge to join the Club counts or outings.

Kirstenbosch map

Kirstenbosch map
Kirstenbosch Google

Table Mountain National Park, Rhodes Drive, Newlands 7735

Entrance Fees:    Adults: R60    SA Students (with card): R30    Children (6 – 17 years): R15     Under 6 years: Free

BOTSOC members: Free    SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays

Buy online:    Regret no group discounts

 Contact Information

Telephone +27(0)21 799 8783   Ticket Office +27(0)21 799 8782

Garden Office (weekdays only)  +27(0)21 799 8899  Fax: +27(0)21 797 6570

Email:  Website:

Opening Hours

September – March (Summer) Monday –Sunday  08h00-19h00

April – August (Winter) Monday – Sunday  08h00-18h00

Conservatory Monday – Sunday  09h00 -17h00


Mel Tripp