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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

South Africa - Western Cape - Cape Town

Institution Code: NBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

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: Yes
  • Date founded: 1913
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 470 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    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: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 850000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 1
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • 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: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

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