Kirstenbosch is regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Initially, it was nothing more than farmland overrun with pigs.
In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora.
It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528 hectare Kirstenbosch Estate falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.