Being one of the largest botanical gardens worldwide, this garden’s very existence is proof that there are gardens that are more deserving of the word than others. Sitting right on the slopes of Table Mountain, some 13KM away from the city is where you will find it in all its splendor. Pay this special place a visit and you will thank yourself/us ☺ later.
It delivers the best of scenic views and parades a ton of botanical species for your eyes to wander through as you consume all the awe. It remains a favorite to most for several reasons; panoramic views, shady trails, the hike up Skeleton Gorge, chilled Chardonnay as well as fantastic picnics along the garden’s lawns. In Kirstenbosch, you will find a Medicinal garden, Fragrance garden, Protea garden, Braille trail, and about 2,500 plant species. All year round, the special garden has something to offer. There are notable spots in the garden that do compel you to take a picture or even video for those moments you cannot help but savor.
This spot gives you quite the thrill. If you have kids, this works even better. Among the Cycads, you will find life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs and even a Pterosaur; these sculptures are anatomically correct! Imagine how excited the kids would be at the marvel. It still piques your interest as an adult, so if you find yourself loving it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
This walkway feels like the real deal. Made of steel and timber, the bridge goes on for 130 meters, giving you the most stunning views of Kirstenbosch Gardens. It is also known by the name Boomslang. A walk along the bridge leaves you feeling high spirited as you consume the breathtaking scenery the garden has to offer.
The gorge leads you to the eastern side of Table Mountain and gives you a jungle setting that you will definitely enjoy. Although it covers a huge chunk of the mountains, the lush ravine starts off at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, which does add to its popularity. While here, get to enjoy amazing vies of the ascent with the city being visible at certain points.
Fynbos is no ordinary plant species. Of the six floral kingdoms that exist, it is one of them. Interestingly, it is only found in one country, South Africa. Kirstenbosch Gardens boasts of having this beauty among its other flora. Consider it a special treat to nature nerds. Visit the Garden to see Fynbos in all its grandeur and have yourself an enthralling adventure ticked off your bucket list. The splendor does not end in the species’ outstanding appearance. At the garden, you can find an array of beverages that are Fynbos-infused to try out.
A visit to Kirstenbosch Gardens is definitely worth the while. This place leaves you all excited and amazed at such a variety of floral species. Your photos sessions will feel like they are a notch higher given the scenic views as you lose yourself in the beauty all these plants, shrubs, pathways, nature trails and canopy walk have to offer. Simply put; the garden is exceedingly splendid!
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