Two beautiful gardens – Singapore and Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens

Two beautiful gardens – Singapore and Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens


Singapore Botanical Gardens - beautiful gardens around the world

We were very lucky to stop off in Singapore for a few days on our trip to Australia in 2013. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the beautiful gardens that are Singapore Botanical Gardens. They are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Orchid Garden is particularly beautiful. The gardens are free to enter but to enter the Orchid Garden there is a fee of $5 per adult

As Singapore is located in the tropics it is hot and steamy. Temperatures seemed to average 30 degrees when we were there (apparently 24 – 33 degrees is the average range). Wear a hat, wear sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes and put on plenty of sun cream and enjoy!

A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden


Kirstenbosch’s beautiful gardens can be found on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. This is probably for me the botanical gardens with the most beautiful setting. How amazing to find such gardens at the southernmost tip of Africa with  Table Mountain as its backdrop. The gardens are also only 13km from Cape Town city centre.


My Mum at the entrance to the gardens

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The gardens showcase the unique flora that can be found in the Cape (classified as a UNESCO World Heritage area)

If I go to Cape Town a visit to Kirstenbosch is a must.



Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


Things to do in Cape Town South Africa - an insider guide


It costs R35 for adults to enter (about £2!!)

arum lily

the arum lily is native to southern Africa

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I hope you have enjoyed my post about four very special botanical gardens! Have you been to any? Which is you favourite? Is there another botanical garden  you think should be included?

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beautiful gardens around the world

Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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  1. December 9, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Orchids are glorious aren’t they, such delicate pretty flowers and Singapore looks a wonderful place to go and see them. I never even knew there was a Botanical Garden in SA, with so many other things to see and do there I missed this one which is a shame – as you said, such a beautiful backdrop of Table Mountain … it just gives me a reason to return!

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:10 am

      Singapore’s orchid garden is such a beautiful place to visit. I grew up in South Africa and I love Cape Town its such a fabulous city. The gardens are lovely and I always try to visit when in SA. Definitely a fab destination!

  2. December 9, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Oh I love a good botantical garden. I wish I had known about the Singapore one when I was there. It looks so beautiful (as of course, everything in Singapore is). The orchid garden looks beautiful… so many different varieties!

    • December 11, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      Hi Anna – the botanical gardens in Singapore are gorgeous especially the orchid garden – well worth a visit!

  3. December 9, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Being a keen gardener I would love these places! We went to Singapore on our way to Australia too, but sadly didn’t get time for the Orchids, as much as I wanted to, so thanks for sharing and showing what we missed. However we are planning on Cape Town maybe next year so will definitely go to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, looks amazing. Thanks, have pinned for future reference!

    • December 11, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks Garth – South Africa is an amazing country and Cape Town is wow – one of my favourite cities to visit. There is so much to see and do but try to get to Kirstenbosch as the gardens are lovely and there is now a canopy walk too now i believe since I was last there!

  4. December 9, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    You’ve certainly found yourself in the vicinity of some great gardens through your travels. I’ve heard so much about Cape Town and nice it is there, but never heard of Kirstenbosch so that’s neat.

    • December 11, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      Yes we really love gardens – Kirstenbosch is a must visit if you are in CT!

  5. December 10, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Beautiful gardens, we have visited Singapore a few times now but have not got to the botanical gardens but after reading this post we must on our next visit! The more we read about Cape Town the more we want to visit too. Thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

    • December 11, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Definitely visit both! Cape Town is just amazing!

  6. December 10, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Love visiting gardens, big or small! There is nothing more relaxing than wandering through beautiful flowers and all those smells. Keep sharing your beautiful picks with us!

    • December 11, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks lisa – glad you are enjoying the posts and pictures 🙂

  7. December 10, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Love these gardens! I have been to Singapore a few times now but am yet to visit the botanical gardens – now I know that I really need to on my next trip! Looks stunning! Thanks for sharing

    • December 11, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      Yes the botanical gardens particularly the orchid gardens are absolutely gorgeous so def worth a visit next time you are in Singapore!

  8. December 11, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Thank you for all the information. These are such beautiful gardens! I hope to visit them one day. Also, keep sharing your amazing photos! 🙂

  9. December 12, 2016 / 12:07 am

    I haven’t visited any you listed but I’m glad you’ve made me aware of them! I tend to go to the free botanical gardens in the cities I visit. The most recent one we’ve visited is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas. It’s not nearly as large as the ones you mentioned but it was still pretty and it was all decorated for the holidays.

    • December 12, 2016 / 8:40 am

      I bet it was gorgeous! We love visiting gardens and these were the 4 that came to mind for the post but I may write about some more in the future! Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  10. December 12, 2016 / 5:17 am

    I have enjoyed really enjoy this series. The orchids are beautiful and I love the bird of paradise too. I tried growing it once but I couldn’t get it to flower! I have visited Kew Gardens and Keukenhof in the spring ? Both are great places to see. Thank you for u for sharing this great series ?

    • December 12, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Thanks Sam! I love visiting gardens and Kew is on my horizons for next year (it will have been 20 years since i was last there!). I haven’t been to Keukenhof but would love to!

  11. December 12, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    What beautiful botanical gardens you shared with us. The orchids are just amazing and your photos do them justice. I have been to the gardens in Singapore but not the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa which looks like a place I must visit when there. How amazing. I will pin this for later and thanks for sharing 🙂

    • December 12, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks you Stephanie glad you have enjoyed them! 🙂

  12. December 14, 2016 / 1:22 am

    Gorgeous photos Tracy! How long did you have in Singapore? And to have Table Mountain in the backdrop in SA that you dreamed of when you were little! That’s awesome! Good tips on the hat, sunscreen and shoes! Definitely a must!

    • December 14, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Hi Kreete we had 4 days in Singapore – really want to revisit as we loved it! Yes and Cape Town and my beautiful mountain 🙂 Isn’t it such a beauty?

  13. December 14, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    These are great spots! i just love botanical gardens – they’re such lovely spots! Birds of Paradise are one of my favorite flowers!!

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I love Birds of Paradise too – they are my favourites! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  14. January 11, 2017 / 4:34 am

    I love Kirstenbosch and you have made me even more excited for my upcoming trip to Singapore #citytripping!

    • January 11, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Oh yes enjoy Singapore! It is amazing!

  15. January 11, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Funnily I’ve started going to more botanical gardens since my daughter came along – they’re often lovely and cool in the heat and great to run around in. #citytripping

    • January 11, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Great places to stroll around and have a break from the madness of the cities!

  16. January 15, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    The Cape Town gardens do indeed have a fantastic backdrop to them. I’ve been to Singapore’s botanical gardens and was very impressed too. Love the peace they offer from the busy city. Thanks for linking #citytripping