It's a favourite for many who live and travel to Cape Town, and there's nothing quite like an outing to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to make you appreciate all the beauty of the world.
For me, it's a journey of the senses; sight, sound, smell and touch - these gardens always seem to surprise me with something new. When you think you have seen it all, you turn a corner and find another stunning array of floral wonder. Regardless of the time of year, it seems that the birdlife literally flocks to the gardens and their songs carry you through the paths ways. With so much in bloom, it’s hard not to move in close and breathe in the lush flowers, but also, the air seems fresher here… From the soft moss growing in the underlying flower beds to the collective of ancient cycads, the textures of the garden are on full display.
I took my daughter and mother-in-law; it's wonderful to experience Kirstenbosch through our different ages. We each found new areas to discover and shared in the joys that the 1,300 acres offer. Even on the warmest of days, you lose travel of time and can wander for hours.
Usually a big fan of having a picnic at the gardens, we opted for small teats and drinks during our walk. Taking time to sit back and enjoy the views from the "Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway" and rest at the many seats dotted through the gardens. A sneaky little look through the gift shop before departure is highly recommended, so many wonderful items on offer!
So whether you have a day or a couple of hours to spare, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is so worth a visit.
Kirstenbosch, Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway by Uyaphi.com