Established in 1913, Africa's most beautiful garden spread is filled with indigenous wonder—7,000 plant species, many of them rare or threatened. A showcase for prolific members of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the gardens are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and superbly laid out to showcase unique and diverse varieties that you may never see elsewhere. This is a glorious spot to start a hiking trail, or schmooze all day with a picnic basket; summer Sundays bring a wide selection of bands and musicians performing to gigantic crowds at sunset, creating one of the city's loveliest weekly gatherings. April, 2014 saw the opening of a new treetop walkway, affectionately known as the Garden's Enchanted Forest, meandering through the arboretum. Stretching 130 meters, the steel and timber path is high off the ground and twists and turns between the branches, giving it the nickname "Boomslang," the Afrikaans word for a local tree snake. Aside from the experience of wandering through the treetops, the walkway provides superb views of Table Mountain, the eastern slopes of which the gardens edge onto.
Cape Town› Attraction
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Our Rating Neighborhood Newlands Hours Sept–Mar daily 8am–7pm, Apr–Aug daily 8am–6pm Transportation Out of the city, take the M3 south and look for signs to the Gardens Phone +27 21 799 8783 Prices R45 adults, R10 children 6–17, free for children under 6 Web site Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
MapRhodes Dr. Cape Town
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