Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

 

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Flowers and bouquets…wine bouquet that is! We have a wonderful morning or afternoon ambling through the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, set below the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. With over 3 000 plant species as part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and exclusively indigenous South African plants, vynbos, proteas and cycads, you’ll love and learn so much as you stroll along the pretty winding pathways which guide one through one of the finest botanical gardens in the world.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.     

The beautiful world-renowned gardens of Kirstenbosch are situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Approximately 6 000 species of Southern Africa’s flora are represented, particularly that of the Cape floral kingdom, known as fynbos. There is always something to see whatever the time of year, and you will come across some unusual features as you stroll through the gardens. There is a cycad bush in a cage, the last of its kind left in the world. It has no mate for propagation and needs protection from souvenir hunters.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.     

The magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch is also a perfect setting for art. The Garden presents a variety of art exhibitions, both outdoor exhibitions of long and short-term duration, as well as indoor art shows and exhibitions in the various venues at Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch Tree Canopy Walkway

The Walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.

This walkway is 130 m long, narrow and slender, with a few wider view-point areas, and lightly snakes its way through the canopy, in a discreet, almost invisible way. The walkway is crescent-shaped and takes advantage of the sloping ground; it touches the forest floor in two places, and raises visitors to 12 m above ground. It is more than just a traditional boardwalk – like a snake, it winds and dips. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang‘ (meaning tree snake)

 

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