The Magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Set in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region on the slopes of the Table Mountain National Park the gardens exhibits Southern African plants including rare and endangered species and a wide variety of fynbos, a unique plant life of the Cape Flora. Few gardens can match the pure magnificence of Kirstenbosch.

The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a 130m long, curved walkway that blends in discreetly to its environment in natural colours. It was designed and installed in commemoration of her 100th birthday and inspired by a snake skeleton and nicknamed Boomslang, meaning Tree Snake. This is a surreal experience walking above the trees in an area that is normally difficult to get to. The Walkway takes you from ground level up above the treetops giving magnificent panoramic views of the Gardens and surrounding mountains. This is magical experience and a visit to the gardens will be incomplete without a walk along Boomslang and great fun for the kids and perfectly safe.

 

On exhibition in the Gardens you will find the Sculpture Garden of African stone sculptures and in the Cycad Amphitheatre, visible from Boomslang, is the amazing life sized Dinosaur sculptures made from tin, to raise awareness of the threats faced by cycads and their possible extinction.

 

There are few dining options at Kirstenbosch. Enjoy a leisurely picnic on the picturesque lawns with the family. A great option if you have little ones. You can bring your own or order a picnic basket from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room or Moyo Restaurant. Please note no chairs or umbrellas are allowed.

Moyo is an African themed restaurant serving breakfast, scones, muffins, lunch, and dinners on Friday. It is child friendly with a great play area visible from the outdoor tables. Situated near Gate 1. Bookings are recommended.

The Kirstenbosch Tea Room serves breakfast, lunches, salads, sandwiches, soups and sweet treats and will provide the kids with something to draw. Situated near Gate 2. Bookings are recommended.

There is also a Vida E Café perfect for quick sandwich or take away serving coffee, pastries, muffins and sandwiches. Situated in the Visitors Centre at Gate 1.

I would suggest being there early morning or late afternoon in summer due to the heat and expanse of the gardens to explore. The gardens total 528 hectares, don’t get lost 

This breathtaking setting is definitely worth experiencing. I would highly recommend a visit to these beautiful gardens and a great place for kids to run around and explore the beauty of nature.

Free parking is available at Gates 1,2 and 3

Kirstenbosch Tea Room is open 8:30am – 5pm, for reservations call 021-797 4883
Moyo is open Saturday to Thursday 9am – 6pm and 9am – 11pm on Friday, for reservations call 021-762 9585
Vida E Café is open daily from 7am – 7pm

 

 

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