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Table Mountain, Long Street, Noon Gun, Heart of Cape Town Museum, Lions Head, Koopmans-de Wet House, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Two Oceans Aquarium, District Six Museum, Holocaust Centre, Newlands Brewery, Rhodes Memorial, Groot Constantia, Two Oceans Marathon, Langa Township, The Company's Garden, South African Museum and Planetarium, Greenmarket Square, South African National Gallery , Orange Kloof, Hout Bay Leopard, Signal Hill, Blue Train, Newlands Stadium, Long Street Baths, Whisky Live Festival, St George's Cathedral
First established in 1913, the renowned 828ha Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is located on the slopes of Table Mountain’s back table in Cape Town. The back table experiences a great deal more precipitation than other parts of Cape Town which produces thicker foliage and fertile soil, the perfect place to showcase the wealth of indigenous flora so prevalent in this area.
Kirstenbosch lies in the smallest floral kingdom in the world and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are beautifully laid out with two restaurants and sprawling lawns for visitors to enjoy picnics and chill. A no-bin policy is employed to encourage visitors to take their waste home and keep the gardens pristine and free of vermin.
Paths meander through gardens filled with indigenous trees, proteas, ericas, cycads and many other plant species. There is a silver tree forest to explore further up the slopes and a crystal clear spring collects at a bath. Much of the area is wheelchair friendly and an interesting braille trail exists for the visually impaired, while a fragrance garden excites the senses.
The conservatory houses succulents, a baobab tree, plants that have survived since before the dinosaur era and petrified trees discovered nearby. Garden walks are conducted by knowledgeable nature guides twice daily from Monday to Saturday.
Kirstenbosch is the starting point for several interesting hiking routes up Table Mountain.
A popular feature is the Boomslang, a twisting 130m treetop canopy walkway that is 12m above ground.
Of historic importance is a small section of an old wild almond hedge, planted under instruction from the Cape’s first Dutch Commander Jan van Riebeeck, to try and ward off cattle theft. The hedge is a national heritage site.
When entering from the lower gate, visitors pass an avenue of giant camphor trees planted by Cecil John Rhodes, the mining magnate who constructed the tree-lined road between his home and Constantia Nek.
The summer concerts held on Sunday evenings during the hot season are wildly popular and some of South Africa’s best musical talent normally feature.
Irrespective of whether flowers and trees are of interest, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the city’s most popular attractions, enjoyed by people of all ages.