Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is an important garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes and administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
Even though this was not my first trip to Cape Town it was my first trip to ‘the gardens’ (Lets just call it that for now since the title says the name well enough). I had heard from literally every friend of mine that went to Cape Town for university rave about the gardens as if it was a gold mine. Now I love nature don’t get me wrong but spending all day in a garden was not my ideal idea of something to do on holiday. For starters, it was super cloudy and unfortunately the tree canopy was closed off because of a concert but even with all that it was not an entire waste of time.
Green saturated landscapes and moss concealed mountains surround the area. It is definitely mother nature at her best. The most spectacular thing about this place was the duration of how long it has lasted. This cultivated land of indigenous plants was formed in 1913 and 104 years later it has grown substantially (sorry, puns come with the posts). I would definitely recommend comfortable walking shoes for this activity mostly because it is uphill and there is A LOT of walking. Fortunately, for those that aren’t about the tourist infested strolls there is always the option of a golf cart.
Sadly, we weren’t able to finish the whole garden in a day but unless you’re there at the opening time I doubt one could. It definitely takes a lot of perseverance and commitment (yes, you can probably sense my lack of fitness through this post). I would definitely recommend any botanists, ‘tree huggers’ and plant lovers to visit the gardens. Although I would make sure the weather is clear skies to really maximise from the experience.
Take it from someone that wouldn’t usually spend four hours in a conservatory, it definitely lives up to the title “Africa’s most beautiful garden.”
Until next post!