Cape Town Hike Nature

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens

The Kirstenbosch botanical gardens is a famous Cape Town botanical garden in Newlands, at the foot of Table Mountain. This is a great place spend the afternoon with a picnic under one of the trees on one of the big lawn areas. There are often music concerts in the gardens and locals arrive early to picnic then watch the concert. Outdoor cinema is also held at the gardens

Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora and has a lot of indigenous plants from around South Africa.

The conservatory has plants from different regions of South Africa, some from fybos, savanna, and the karoo  areas. The focus is on plants that are only found in the Cape, especially different kinds of proteas.

Kirstenbosch is popular with both locals and tourists. From the gardens several hiking trails lead off along and up the mountain slopes and these are much used by hikers. One of the trails, up a ravine called Skeleton Gorge, is an popular route to the top of Table Mountain.

There is quite a lot of cool art in the gardens too. Zimbabwean stone sculptures are sometimes in the gardens by artists from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Zimbabwe.

If you like nature, the outdoors, plants, pretty scenery and a relaxing atmosphere, then do go check out the gardens.