Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch is the name of a famous botanical garden nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. It is located on the eastern slopes of the mountain. The garden is one of nine National Botanical gardens in South Africa. It was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora. What makes the Gardens so famous worldwide, is that only indigenous plants are cultivated there. (with some minor exceptions)
Before arriving to the Botanical Garden, we saw plenty of hawkers trying to sell their art and stuffed flamingos at the robots. (For all my Americans: a robot is a traffic light)
The entrance to the park boasts a couple magnificent cheetah statues. This one is perched on a wood log.
While this one is chasing down a springbok. Both of the statues are so detailed and beautiful.
What a great day this is turning into.
The Essers posing in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
There is a great amphitheatre located in the Gardens. Here during the summer you can watch many concerts and holiday events. While on my first visit to Cape Town in 2010, Catherine and I came here to watch and listen to Carols by Candlelight, a celebration for Christmas.
One of the big highlights of the Gardens is the Protea Garden. The National flower is amazingly beautiful. The only problem was, that they were located at the back of the park. And not to mention that the entire walk would be uphill. Sorry guys!!!
Sue, Bryan and Nick walking uphill.
Catherine and I are fit so the walk to the Protea Garden wasn’t an issue for us. But the family doesn’t get as much regular exercise as we do so we had to take a small rest every once and a while. That was okay with me, more time to take in the beautiful view!
Today just happened to be a really hot day. So any chance for some shade was a big plus!
Catherine and I were quite happy to be out and about after a couple cloudy and rainy days caused us to stay inside and find alternate entertainment.
After 20 minutes of walking only uphill, we finally made it to the Protea Garden. When we looked down to see the beautiful flowers, we were surprised to see the remains of what used to be a beautiful flower.
Such beauty to have been stolen from the heat of summer. How tragic!!!
We had previously already seen some Proteas so all was not lost. You can still see the beauty.
Protea ~ National flower of South Africa.
This is what we had hoped to show the family.
“Help me, I have fallen and I can’t get up!”
– Senior. Mrs Esser
We took this as an opportunity to drink some much needed water and to have a snack. We brought along some biltong for when we got hungry in the day. That is one of the things that South Africa DEFINITELY got correct, is biltong. You know us Texans, we even like our snacks to be meat.
After the long walk back to the information centre, we popped into the restaurant to get a quick coffee and to get some much needed rest/bathroom break!
Thank you Cafe Latte for rescuing Catherine from tiredness!!!
At this point everyone was tired and also excited to get back onto the bus for our next stop.
Located outside the Botanical Garden was this Pick Up Point Sign. There are times when the buses are due to arrive and you just wait here to be picked up. It works out great!
~~My two lovely ladies~~
Off we go to our next stop on our tour of Cape Town! Everybody get your tickets ready! As we boarded the bus we had a while till our next stop.
The tour bus started its drive into Constantia Nek and as a supplemental tour with this same bus company you can take a wine tasting tour. We decided to skip that and just head to the World of Birds.
Sitting on the top deck of the bus is a MUST,
especially if you plan on getting any photos of your trip!
This is the absolute best way to travel here.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden were so beautiful. Catherine and I plan on coming back to visit again before we leave South Africa.
It would be a pity to not come back here one more time before then.
Up next: World of Birds and Monkey Jungle