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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

South Africa - Western Cape - Cape Town

Institution Code: NBG

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Parastatal organisation (SANBI) under the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). This garden has a focus on native ecosystems.

Main Address:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
Private Bag X7, CLAREMONT 7735, South Africa.
Cape Town
Western Cape South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)21 799 8899
Fax: +27 (0)21 797 6570
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Philip le Roux
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Hannelie Snyman
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 13
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 40
    Administration Staff Number: 10

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1913
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 470 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 38 Hectares
  • Total Area: 528 Hectares
    Latitude: -33.9891
    Longitude: 18.4341
    Annual Rainfall: 1440 mm
    Altitude: 100.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 7740 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 2500 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Kirstenbosch
  • Local Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State: Western Cape

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 850000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 685000
    Number of Volunteers: 150

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 16570
  • Special Collections:ca 200 threatened plant taxa are in the collection.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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