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Cape Town’s Company’s Garden is to Capetonians (Cape Town residents) what Central Park is to New Yorkers, a relaxing green lung within a metropolis. While not nearly on the scale of Central Park, the Company’s Garden was once three times the size of its current 6ha size and was originally established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company to provide vegetables and fruit to passing ships. Master gardener Hendrik Boom was appointed this task and he successfully laid out water canals between the plants and added herbs, roses, vines and medicinal plants to the mix. Over time, official buildings encroached on the land and what remained was developed into an ornamental garden with exotic plants and trees planted. Today, the trees have grown to massive heights and pathways, benches and manicured lawns are there for the public to enjoy. Grey squirrels were introduced into the gardens and they settled in well enough to spread... Show more
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.