Kirstenbosch NBG: Visitor Information

Access for wheelchair users

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 to have assistance when they visit the areas of the Garden on the steep upper slopes, such as the Tree Canopy Walkway, Fynbos Walk, Van Riebeeck's Hedge and Camphor Avenue. Please see this map for wheelchair accessible routes to the Tree Canopy walkway.

Please note that 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 wheelchair users and stop-and-drop zones are provided at Gates 1 and 2. There is a stop-and-drop zone at Gate 3, and wheelchair users are advised to ask a companion to ask the ticket control clerk to open the vehicle gate for them.

How to get to Kirstenbosch

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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.

Directions to Kirstenbosch


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By Bus: Both the City Sightseeing busses and Golden Arrow busses stop at Kirstenbosch.

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 bus stop for the City Sightseeing bus is at the Visitors' Centre (Gate 1), in the parking area directly below the Vida-e Café, to the left of the entrance to the centre as you walk in. 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 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). The bus stop for Golden Arrow busses is situated under the big fig tree at the Bell Tower Gate, where the entrance road splits and goes left to the Visitors' Centre (Gate 1) or straight to the Centre for Home Gardening (Gate 2). 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

Cape Town Mowbray Kirstenbosch
  07h00 07h30
  08h00 08h30
  09h00 09h30
12h35 13h00 13h45
  14h35 15h00
  16h00 16h30

From Kirstenbosch to Mowbray or Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Mowbray Cape Town
07h30 08h00  
08h30 09h00  
09h30 10h00  
14h00 14h35  
15h30 15h55 16h25
16h30 16h55  
Last updated on 06 April 2016
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