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Cape Sugarbird
Orange Breasted Sunbird

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was recently named one of the top botanical gardens in the world.

It serves as a very important refuge to many of the Cape Peninsula's faunal species, especially birds.

It is undoubtable one of the top destinations in Cape Town to visit and is a great location for wildlife photography as well as general outdoor photography.

The gardens change with the seasons and the photographic opportunities with it. When the Proteas are in flower it is a great time for bird photography, with the Cape Sugarbirds and sunbirds a firm favorite.

Orange-breasted sunbird | Kisrtenbosch | ©Arne Purves


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings is best for the birds. Mid morning to mid afternoon is best for the flowers.
Type of Photography
  • Flowers
  • Birding
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
It is best to get a map guide for the garden layout at the entrances. Ask at information what is in flower when you visit. Otherwise just stroll through the gardens and just shoot as you go.
Recommended Gear
Macro lens and medium zoom are perfect for both flowers and birds. A flash, tripod and cable release is recommended, especially for photographing during mid day.


Site Highlights
Fynbos gardens and flowering Proteas. This is a great spot for photographing Sunbirds and Sugarbirds and many other birds species that you are not likely to find easily elsewhere on the peninsula.


Season and Weather
Cape Town's weather can be rather unpredictable sometimes. Summers are hot and windy, and winters are relatively cold with rain, but with far less windy.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Walking
  • Picknicking


Closest Town
Getting There
Kirstenbosch is approached along Rhodes drive.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.