I took some guests to Kirstenbosch today and what a beautiful day it was for it!
South Africa is home to an untold amount of beautiful, rare plant life that can barely be matched by anywhere in the world. A superb place to see the beauty of this flora than at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden about 40 km from here. I visited it today and took the attached photos there. It’s probably another month until we see the explosion of spring flowers, nevertheless the aloes, strelitzia’s, protea’s and watsonia’s were impressive.
I wasn’t alone in enjoying the garden, the sunbirds and insects were very active in the 28 winter degree sun. I thought of some of the photographers who have stayed at Hunneyball House and how much they would have enjoyed a day like today. This important garden provides a great deal of fun for anyone. Situated underneath the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, which provides an awe-inspiring backdrop when walking through the various pathways of the garden. You can climb to the top, along the Skeleton Gorge pathway, the easiest and most popular trail up the mountain from the gardens. On the hike you will see a great variety of indigenous rare plant species and be able to look back over the garden.
The summer months allow the array of wild, indigenous flowers to flourish, providing an abundance of colours and perfumes. On a walk around the garden you will come across numerous picturesque streams and ponds. Large numbers of birds make their home here making it a very popular spot for twitchers and all nature lovers to picnic.
There are a number of different themed gardens such as the Fragrance garden, The Dell and the Water-Wise Garden. It’s worth pausing to ponder how the place might have looked when you look at Van Riebeeck’s Hedge. It was planted in 1664 to protect the Cape Colonists cattle! What you do and how long you stay in the garden is completely up to you; the garden provides a self-serving restaurant, a tea-room, a gift shop, and a nursery for young children. Have a picnic with some good South African wine.
Or go to one of the many concerts that take place in the garden during the summer months. These concerts vary to cater to everyone’s taste and are an amazing way to spend the summer evenings. I love this garden and would encourage all visitors to visit. Enjoy the photos in our facebook Page. Ill do some identification when I have a moment.