Tokai arboretum

The Tokai Arboretum is home to hundreds of different species of trees. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

experience the outdoors

An Arboretum is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study. The Tokai Arboretum is a park-like area on the slopes of Constantiaberg near the Silvermine Nature Reserve that’s ideally suited to walking, biking and learning about various tree species, including oaks and Californian redwoods.

trees from all around the world

The Tokai Arboretum was established in 1886 by Joseph Storr Lister, chief conservator of forests for the Cape Colony. The rationale was to test which trees from other parts of the world would grow well in this location. Hundreds of species are represented here, some of the individual trees being very old.

ideal hiking spot

Take a long walk or bike ride in this peaceful setting, or use it as the starting point for a longer hike such as the 6km trail to Elephant’s Eye Cave and back. There is a tea room where you can buy refreshments.

To get there to the Tokai Arboretum, turn left off Tokai Road at the Tokai Manor House (built in 1795).

Don’t miss out on the Saturday organic market at the nearby Porter Estate.

Contact Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centre to find out more about accredited nature and adventure guides and operators, activities, restaurants and to book accommodation in the area.

  • Phone: Tokai Arboretum: +27 21 712 7471
  • Alt Phone: Tokai Lister’s Restaurant: +27 21 715 4512
  • Physical Address: Tokai Road, Tokai

Cango Caves

29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.


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