Monday, June 17, 2013

Cape Town Attractions -The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is majestically nestled on the lower Eastern slopes of the spectacular Table Mountain and Devil’s peak in Cape Town. Spanning an area of 528ha (1 305 acre), Kirstenbosch is South Africa’s most acclaimed Botanical spectacle, in which blossoms a marvelling 22000 indigenous species of plants. Kirstenbosch constitutes a substantial component of the Cape Foral Kingdom; which, in 2004, was granted World Heritage Site Status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden was established in 1913, out of the imperative to protect the enormous floral treasures of the Cape.

The Cycad Garden showcases a fascinating family of plants, whose origin is of distant reminiscence. A stroll in the Fynbos area puts one in touch with plant species unique to the Cape Flora Kingdom and the Western Cape.
The glass-roof conservatory harbours a broad spectrum of plants, from a variety of South African habitats. The Gondwanaland Garden displays plants species which prevailed when the planet hosted just a single continent.
Those nurturing remarkable adventurous effervescence can scale Table Mountain from the Kirstenbosch Garden via the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine hiking trails. These two fairly manageable tracks wind their way to the summit of Table Mountain.

In summer, Kirstenbosch hosts captivating open air sunset concerts on Sundays, an enthralling experience, which enables a unique fusion of delightful music, and the visual enchantment of Kirstenbosch’s mesmerising plants.

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