The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is a truly magnificent site to behold. It is one of Cape Town’s greatest natural attractions for both tourists and locals and is especially popular in the summer months when the days are long and warm giving you much time to wonder in its splendour. It sits, nestled, at the eastern foot of the awe-inspiring Table Mountain covering an area of over 36ha.
The botanical garden was established in 1913 as a place to preserve and celebrate the diverse indigenous flora of Southern Africa and was the first of its kind in the world. It is found at the heart of the Cape Floristic region which and, in 2004, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over 7000 different plant species, all indigenous, to be seen in the gardens many of which are endangered and extremely rear. You will also be able to see an endemic plant species known as “Fynbos” which is exclusively unique to the Western-Cape.
There is something for anyone and everyone at Kirstenbosch. There are many large grass fields surrounded by mind-blowing nature that serve as a very popular picnic destination. For those feeling a bit more adventurous there are a abundance of hiking trails to explore, ranging from a laid-back network of small paths to challenging hikes up the mountain.
Recently the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden has seen the addition of a raised walkway, known as the “Boomslang Walkway” that allows you to gaze over the canopy of its natural grandeur. The walkway was built to imitate the motion and skeleton of a snake, hence the name. It is raised 12m above the ground and is comfortable 130m walk that will take you through some of Kirstenbosch’s most amazing views.
Kirstenbosch is not only famous for its nature but also plays host to many events. In Summer time you can enjoy shows at the concert area which usually take place at sunset, bathing the gardens in golden light. In winter there are many band and shows to see at the posh Silvertree Restaurant.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is not to be missed, whether you’re visting in Summer or Winter. Nothing represents the natural beauty of Cape Town and South Africa better than this mind-blowing stretch of nature.