Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Gardens is a botanical garden situated in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a must-see when visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

The featured image is of the stunning Boomslang Tree Canopy.

Located in the Cape Floral Kingdom, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is dedicated to South Africa’s indigenous flora. There are a few hiking trails which start at the gardens and will take you on an unforgettable journey through the Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site.

One of the trails is up a ravine called Skeleton Gorge, which I tried a few weeks ago. This route is also known as Smuts’ Track after Prime Minister Jan Smuts and consists of thousands of stairs up the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. I am not very fit and the first hour is the toughest, but at the top of the mountain, you are rewarded with unbeatable views and can even swim in the reservoir to cool down. Be warned: if you’re not an avid hiker then your legs will feel like jello after this walk lol.

If hiking UP isn’t your thing, there is an easier contour path at the top of the gardens which leads you through forests to Constantia Nek to the South, or through Newlands Forest toward Rhodes Memorial to the North.

Touristy Tips:

  • There are restaurants, curio shops and lots of picnic areas where you can relax and spend the day in the beauty of the gardens.
  • Don’t miss the Boomslang Tree Canopy which takes you from the forest floor up to 12 metres above the ground, offering panoramic views
  • Be sure to schedule in enough time to really enjoy the gardens
  • Take one of the maps offered at the ticketing office, there’s over 36 hectares to explore!
  • Attend one of the Summer Sunset Concerts
  • The gardens are wheelchair friendly

Contact Information
Telephone +27(0)21 799 8783
Ticket Office +27(0)21 799 8782
Email: Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch


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