It’s impossible to celebrate springtide in Cape Town without the mention of the charming Kirstenbosch Gardens. The massive 528-hectare estate lies east of Table Mountain and showcases an array of indigenous flora and fauna. So, if you are looking to take a stroll alone or spend time with family and friends, there will always be an activity for anyone and we have broken it down for you.

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This is the best time to visit Kirstenbosch – the end of winter, the beginning of spring – to experience fynbos and various flowers in bloom. The 36-hectare cultivated garden is layered with colourful blooms including SA’s five out of the six naturally growing plants. Among these are king Proteas that steal the show this season as they are in full bloom alongside the ericas and the pincushions and many others.

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Picture: Andrew Baxter

This popular Cape Town tourist attraction has picnic options for you to enjoy while appreciating the elaborate garden. So, take in the views while you indulge in a picnic basket from The Kirstenbosch Tea Room or pack a basket full of goodies. The Tea Room offers great platter options to make your al fresco event even more special giving you vegetarian and nonvegetarian figure food and drink options for just R305. This would include sweets and bread as part of the packages.

Just keep in mind not to take items that can damage the lawns such as tents, tables, chairs or umbrellas; instead opt for picnic blankets to be on the safe side.

Picture: Screenshot / Kirstenbosch Tea Room website

Kirstenbosch is also well known for its trials. Start and end a three-kilometre walk from the Fragrance Garden. Experience this nature walk that consists of easy climbing in-between. If that is not challenging enough, there are an extra four hiking trails that you can explore ranging from easy to challenging. The Silvertree and Yellowood trails are guaranteed to lead to a waterfall, so look out for those as you enjoy a hike through the fynbos. For the more chilled trails, try the Boekenhout or the Braille trail; you will not need the GPS all trails are clearly labelled.

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Don’t let snaps and selfies be the only takeaways from your Kirstenbosch experiences. Get in some shopping from the garden adventure as well. If it is a few culture pieces you are after, the gift shop here will not disappoint. The Natural World Merchants offer natural essential cosmetics, curios and clothes among other items as keepsakes onsite. Feel free to pop in anytime during your visit.

Picture: Kirstenbosch Shop / Facebook
  • Location: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town.
  • Opening times: every day 8am to 6 pm.
  • Cost: locals – R80 | pensioners and children under six – free | students – R25 | visitors – R200

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