Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens - Day Tours in South Africa
A South African vacation to Cape Town should include a day tour to the magnificent Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens. Covering over 528 hectares, the Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens lie along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in the Western Cape. Only 36 hectares of the gardens have been cultivated to contain indigenous plant species such as Fynbos, Proteas, Erica's and other plant species native to South Africa. The remaining 492 hectares of the garden and the natural forest have been left untouched.
Enjoy a "mini African safari" in the gardens with one of the five hiking trails - each with varied levels of difficulty and distances, so there is really something for everyone. Along these walks visitors may be fortunate to spot a number of the small mammals in the park such as the Striped Mouse or Grey Squirrel. There are other mammals, such as Grysbok, Caracal, Genets, Porcupine and Cape Fox; however these are rarely seen during the day.
This Heritage Site will not only delight visitors who have an interest in South Africa’s plant life and scenery, the gardens are home to numerous bird species, insects, and reptiles. The gardens do charge small entrance fees to visitors, which are naturally used to maintain and preserve the beauty of the area.
The Kirstenbosh gardens are a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon or day away from the city. Visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic basket and enjoy few hours in the heart of nature. The gardens are therefore also ideal for visitors on a family holiday in South Africa, as children will delight in the ample space to play. There are also several restaurants in the gardens and in the summer months the gardens host live concerts for young and old to enjoy. There is also a gift shop on the premises where one can purchase authentic African curios, clothing, books and more.
When planning an African vacation to Cape Town, one simply must try to include the Kirstenbosh Gardens during your stay - you will not be disappointed!
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