Walking above the trees in Kirstenbosch Cape Town
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.