Kirstenbosch NBG: Visitor Information
Access for the physically challenged
All visitor facilities, i.e. entrance gates, restaurants, shops and venues, are wheelchair friendly. Kirstenbosch is set on a very steep gradient and not all areas of the Garden are accessible to wheelchairs. The wheelchair friendly areas of the Garden include the central area between the Visitors' Centre (Gate 1) and the Centre for Home Gardening (Gate 2), incorporating the Conservatory, the area surrounding the Main Lawn, parts of the Dell, Fragrance Garden, Peninsula Garden, Sculpture Garden and concert area.
Visitors in wheelchairs are urged not to visit the areas of the Garden on the steep upper slopes, such as the Fynbos Walk, Van Riebeeck's Hedge and Camphor Avenue without assistance. The Mathews Rockery, Cycad Amphitheatre, Arboretum and Pelargonium Garden, have steps or mulch paths and very steep gradients and are not accessible to wheelchairs.
Parking bays for the physically challenged and stop-and-drop zones are provided at Gates 1 and 2.
How to get to Kirstenbosch
By Car: Kirstenbosch lies 13 km from Cape Town's city centre, well signposted on all major roads. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the Rhodes Drive (M63) traffic light intersection turn right (west/towards the mountain) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch. Free parking is available at Gates 1, 2 and 3.
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By Bus: Both the Golden Arrow busses and the City Sightseeing busses stop at Kirstenbosch. The bus stop is situated at the Centre for Home Gardening (Gate 2).
The City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus, mini peninsula tour, stops at the Garden 15 times a day during summer (mid Sept to April) and 12 times a day during winter (May to mid September), 7 days a week. The first bus arrives at 09:50 and there is one every 20 minutes in summer, and one every 35 minutes in winter, until the last at 16:20. Go to www.citysightseeing.co.za for prices, timetable and to book tickets.
The Golden Arrow bus service to Kirstenbosch departs from Mowbray Station, and one bus per day from the Golden Acre Terminus (near Cape Town Station) on weekdays only (Mondays to Friday only and not on public holidays). Telephone Golden Arrow Information Service on 0800 65 64 63 for current prices or more information. Please be advised to arrive early as busses depart promptly.
Golden Arrow Bus Timetable:
From Mowbray or Cape Town to Kirstenbosch
From Kirstenbosch to Mowbray or Cape Town