I’ve seen some botanic gardens, the last one was in Singapore, and I have to say that I’m not a plant fan, I don’t know what a green thumb is, I like to visit the botanic gardens for the energy that you can find there. In this kind of parks you can usually find a peace climate, tidy and positivity and Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens were’t an exception, rather it’s something absolutely particular that you can’t miss it.
The Kirstenbosch Gardens cover a total area of 528 hectares, 36 of them are planted and host more then 22000 different plants, including rare species, endangered plants and a lot of animals and birds.
Since some years in Kirstenbosch there’s a possibility to have a walk trail above the trees where you can admire fauna and flora from a different prospective. Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, is the official name of this “air trail”, or Boomslang is the nickname used by Afrikaans (this word indicates a kind of arboreal snake).
Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a suspended bridge above the trees with a total length of 130 meters, with variable hight, it arrives till 12 meter, with wavy shapes that remind a snake that goes thought the tree branches. Built with a technique that mimics the articulated vertebrae of snakes, the walking trail is made by steel and wood that mimics the snake movement, swaying beneath the feet of visitors. The route has different paths where you can enjoy different kind of views, from the city to the Table Mountain.
During the summer Kirstenbosch gardens host concerts every sunday afternoon: it’s possible to bring a meal from home or buy one there, you can find a tea room, a restaurant where, if you want, you can also order a picnic basket and you can eat on garden’s meadow.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens were been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and it’s also the first of its kind to host only autochthon plants.
Botanic Kirstenbosch park: timetables and where it is
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is located 13 km from the center of Cape Town, you can get there by car (there are a lot of free parkings), or by bus. This gardens are also a step along the City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus (i.e. the red double-decker buses used by tourists to see the city, you can find them everywhere in Europe). The park is opened every day, from 8am to 7pm (during the summer) and from 8am to 6pm (in winter), and the entrance fee is R55 and includes also access to the walkway through the trees.
There are some guided tours. The free walking tour leaves every morning, while those aboard the golf cart starts every hour and requires a ticket purchase. The garden also features a permanent exhibition of sculpture stones from Zimbabwe and every Sunday, during the summer, it’s the background for a famous series of concerts and ticket price has a variable cost.
For more information, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or send me an email!