When I stayed in South Africa for two weeks in August 2017, I have been to a wonderful place in the neighbourhood of Cape Town and I need to share it with you!
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN
Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is proof that not all gardens were created equal. Founded in 1913 by botanist Harold Pearson to preserve the country’s unique flora, Kirstenbosch has quickly gained popularity among locals and tourist and has become one of the world’s most beautiful gardens. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch includes a fragrance garden, a medicinal garden, a garden that features 2500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, a Protea garden (best seen in spring!), a Braille trail, and a cycad amphitheatre. There is also a glasshouse – the Botanical Society Conservatory – which houses plants from the continent’s more arid regions. To immerse yourself in all that the Garden has to offer, it is worth taking one of the free guided tours that depart from the Visitors’ Centre at 11 am and 2 pm from Monday to Saturday. If the times are inconvenient, audio guides are also available.
Go for a hike up Skeleton Gorge, join the open air Galileo Cinema on Wednesday evening or simply have a glass of chilled Chardonnay before the famous Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts (August – October). The 36-hectare garden holds its magical charm every season of the year. I can really recommend this wonderful garden to all nature lovers who plan to visit South Africa soon.
My photography from this garden is coming soon under “Photography” section.