The Kirstenbosch Estate covers 528 hectares, of which 36 hectares make up the central landscaped garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It is home to more than 8 500 indigenous plant species, and is known as one of the Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the world.

Established in 1913, it only grows indigenous South African plants. Kirstenbosch is best known for its proteas (best in winter and spring) and summer sunset concerts and picnics. There are hiking trails through the fynbos as well as guided tours, including twilight nature walks. Kirstenbosch is a birdwatchers delight.