Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town
One of the spectacular features of Kirstenbosch Garden is its location.
Cape Town's Table Top Mountain creates a magnificent background for the beautiful garden of colorful flowers.
Hikers can also enjoy the Garden as three forest trails have been laid out within the boarders of Kirstenbosch. The Stinkwood Trail only takes 45 minutes to hike while the Silver Tree Trail takes three hours passing along the slope of Table Mountain. These trails do not require hiking equipment, only good walking shoes. Those wishing a more strenuous hike can use the Garden as their starting point along and up the eastern face of Table Mountain...
It lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. It consists of landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, watered by the Liesbeek River, as well as natural forest that extends up the lower slopes.
It is featuring 4 700 of the estimated 20 000 species of indigenous South African flora.
Among the interesting sections here are the Cycad Amphitheatre, which hosts most species of these 'living fossils' found in southern Africa; the famed Protea.
Favorite thing: An annual event happening leading up to Christmas. Everyone goes with their picknick baskets, family, friends, blankets, hot socks etc. You have a lovely picnick with some nice wine and then you have carols by candlelight. A nativity play is done, just an excellent outing
Go visiting Kirstenbosch national botanical garden. Its extremely beautiful.
And during the summer there is live music every Sunday.
Fondest memory: Its the small things i miss about Cape Town. I miss feeding the squirrels in Gouverment avenue, and I miss talking to the kind and friendly south african people.
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
This is a nice place for a picnic, if you are spending more than 2 days in the city. There's a restaurant, a gift shop, trails for the blind, bird watching, and a botanical splendour rated second only to Kew Gardens in London. Over the summer season, the immensely popular Sunset Concerts are held on Sunday afternoons at 1700 with music that ranges from classical to jazz, African traditional and folk.
off Rhodes Drive, Newlands. Tel: (021) 797 6570 or 799 8783 (information centre). Fax: (021) 797 6570. More info
Transport: Bus to Kirstenbosch from Mowbray Station; by car: De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, right at the first traffic lights into Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch. Opening hours: Daily 0800-1800 (winter); 0800-1900 (summer). Admission: R10.
Fondest memory: After living in Africa for two years (in Namibia), my wife and I spent our last afternoon on the continent sitting barefoot in the grass at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Watching the sun go down behind Table Mountain one last time while surrounded by the natural beauty of Kirstenbosch was an absolutely magical experience.
Favorite thing: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are well worth a day or half day. We went in Feb. when most flowers were past their prime, but it was still a great day. There is a large collectin of sculptures as well as a mind-boggling variety of plants. Many cool shady areas to break the heat of the day.
Favorite thing: ...and if don't like hiking bring along your picnic basket and enjoy the surroundings and the fantastic view