Discover Cape Town’s floral kingdom at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens
The world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and comprises 528 hectares of sweeping green lawns, forests, flowerbeds, pools and rivers. It supports only indigenous flora, which is showcased in the large conservatory and on the grounds themselves.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular aspects of the garden is its impressive collection of South Africa’s national flower, the protea. The garden exhibits five of the country’s six different vegetation biomes and also boasts an impressive cycad collection. Strolling through the scented garden and its variety of indigenous herbs is a magical experience.
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is also a perfect place to enjoy a picnic on the grass or a leisurely lunch at one of the fine restaurants. For the more adventurous, numerous hiking trails lead from the gardens. Skeleton Gorge is a tough but popular route and will take you to the summit of Table Mountain. If you prefer a more gentle stroll there are many contour paths that go through the forest.
For a cultural experience, Kirstenbosch regularly exhibits art and hosts theatre productions. In the summer months, Sunday sunset concerts are held right on the lawns and have become a popular part of any Cape Town experience. If the idea of sipping a glass of wine and listening to music outdoors appeals, a trip to one of these outdoor events should not be missed.