Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, established in 1913, ranks with a 4.5 on Tripadvisor. For those of you who can’t do maths, that is 0.5 away from a full 5 stars. Pretty good ranking. As travellers who highly rely on high ranking scores like these, Niklas and I had to go! We were not let down. When you go, you won’t be let down either! I bet my socks on it. I am not currently wearing socks, but Niklas is, so actually I bet his socks on it. They are his favourite too.
So, firstly, let’s talk parking.
There is a lot of parking at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, but be careful. If you go on a day or evening when there is a concert then you might have to park really far and walk to the garden. Walking is good for you, but you will also be doing a lot of walking in the 36 hectare big garden, so just be warned. It is also the National Botanical Garden in South Africa. Oh, that could be a great way to tour through South Africa; visiting each National Botanical Garden! Right, just put that on my to do list.
Now you know you need to pay entrance, but where? There are a few different entrances to the Garden, depending on where you parked. Each entrance has cafes nearby as well as toilets. I would recommend using the toilets before you mission around Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden because once you are emerged in the nature and nature calls, you will have to walk far to the nearest toilets. At least the scenery is pretty as you find the lavatories. I am talking from experience here. The toilets themselves were pretty good too. No spiders, and clean. Everything you want from toilets really.
Let’s talk Garden.
I do not have green fingers and could probably let a cactus die. This is sad because I absolutely love plans and so does Niklas – plants and nature. Therefore, this trip was a must for us. There were so many beautiful things to see and we are sharing these with you through the photographs on this page. You can let us know which picture is your favourite in the comments below. For the fit people among us, you could choose to hike up the east side of the mountain the garden surrounds (which is Table Mountain, by the way, and we have a blog about the very top, have a read).
There are waterfalls, which we did not find, and so will have to go back there again soon. Any excuse to go back. If you go, you could also invite us. We make great company. The waterfalls are at the top somewhere, and there is a lake too! I wish we experienced this, as it was so hot and dry. It would have been so epic to take a dip and cool down. Instead, we decided to grab a coffee before leaving. Not sure why we opted for a hot beverage on a hot day though. Now as much praise as I am giving Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, I cannot do the same for the cafes. Extremely overpriced and bad service. That being said, you do not need a coffee. You can take food and drink with you or go explore Cape Town center for delicious food options afterwards or before.
Back to the wonder of the Garden.
All over Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden you will find different plants, different colours, different paths and different people. It is such a colourful place. There is so much beauty to take in. While you walk you can take a breather, perch yourself somewhere and just people watch. A good people watching season is a must when travelling, in my opinion. This allows you to really take in the difference in culture and appearance.
On the walk.
When meandering around Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Niklas and I found this wonderful bridge, a.k.a Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway. It looked like something from a movie. Walking across it, we also felt like extras in a movie. I would say the main characters, but I for one cannot act to save my life. Pretty epic experience none the less. Writing this blog makes me want to go back and really spend the whole day at the garden. Explore all the different walk ways, take a pause on this bridge, and finally find the waterfall at the top. Also, this time, not buy a coffee, if I can help it.
Niklas and I had such a wonderful time here. We hope when you go you will too. We are betting sock on it… then afterwards you can visit a beach. Click here to decided which beach.
Do you love gardens? Let us know! Please and thank you.
More pictures on Instagram.