Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

The last stop on my day trip down the Cape Peninsula took me to Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, the world’s first indigenous botanic garden.

We arrived at 5pm, an hour before closing time, after the sun had dropped behind the mountain. The gardens were lush and peaceful.


In the cycad garden, life-sized fibreglass dinosaurs were cheesy but kind of wonderful.

A magnificent sinuous walkway snaked through the treetops and allowed a birds-eye view over and into the canopy below.

 I could have spent a day just hanging out with this tree.


The camphor avenue was planted by Cecil John Rhodes in 1898.

It was a brief visit, but magical.