Kirstenbosch is one of the world’s greatest botanical and horticultural gardens. Because Kirstenbosch grows plants from other areas of the country where the climate is very hot and dry, they need to be grown in hot houses. Kirstenbosch plays an educational role in the community, both to schools and universities alike. It also does research on the preservation of endangered species. Its setting in exquisite, stretching from the ocean all the way up the eastern slopes of the mountain.
The gardens host about 6000 species of trees and plants and an impressive herbarium with about 300 000 species. The gardens are just exquisite and there are walking trails, places to sit and admire the plants and the view and even places to eat.
For local people Kirstenbosch now also has a home gardening section where people can buy plants represented in the garden and be educated on how to grow them successfully.