If ever there was an accurate representation of the Garden of Eden, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens would be it. Nestled along Table Mountain, the lush lawn is perfect for a romantic picnic or a day out with family, and with so many nooks and crannies, there are countless little trails to explore. Kirstenbosch Gardens has so much to offer that it can be a little overwhelming when deciding what to do. Here’s how to spend a thrilling day at this famous Cape Town garden.
Take a walk on the wild side:
The perfect way to immerse yourself in nature or work up an appetite, Kirstenbosch offers countless meandering paths and trails that are begging to be explored. If a relaxed walk through a lush garden doesn’t sound too exciting, why not kick it up a notch? There are a few hiking trails that take you around Table Mountain.
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway:
Affectionately nicknamed the Boomslang trail, this walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that weaves its way over the Arboretum trees. This walkway takes visitors on a journey from the forest floor, through the trees and finally making its way above the canopy. It offers incredible panoramic views of Cape Town’s mountains and the Cape Flats.
Is there anything more relaxing than the sweet chirp-chirps of birds? Thanks to the endless trees that line this garden, there are a vast array of birds. The best spot for avid birdwatchers, you can find owls, guinea fowl, and sugarbirds.
Relax and have a picnic:
If relaxing is on the agenda, then opt for a delicious picnic. Grab your blanket, snacks and juice, and spread yourself out on the lush lawn. Kirstenbosch also offers a number of restaurants and cafes if picnicking is not your thing.
This is a real treat for the kids (or adults). Scattered among the cycads are life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs. There’s also a sculpture garden that includes a constantly changing African stone sculpture exhibition by Dylan Lewis.
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