February 06, 2014
New Boomslang Aerial Walkway in Kirstenbosch Gardens Lets You Stroll through Treetops
It’s one of those excruciatingly beautiful Cape Town mornings.
You’re in the Kirstenbosch Gardens with your second glass of wine, not even realising you’ve been smiling faintly for the last two hours.
You can hear the birds. They’re next to you, right alongside you in fact. Your friend stops and turns. You’re emerging from the canopy, 3 storeys above the garden, the eastern slopes of mighty Table Mountain cascading greenly.
The view is breath-taking.
Kirstenbosch’s new Boomslang Aerial Walkway is set to be opened to the public at the end of February 2014.
Constructed along a 25-year-old indigenous arboretum (or sculpted tree corridor) the 128-metre-long walkway starts at ground level, curving its graceful way through 12 viewing towers to the canopy.
Featuring about 450 of South Africa’s 1,000 indigenous tree species, at its highest point the walkway rises 11.5m storeys above Cape Town’s famous botanical vista.
Calling the views spectacular doesn’t do them justice. From Castle Rock to the towering cliffs of Table Mountain, across the Cape Flats and Southern Suburbs to the Hottentots Holland Mountain, the panorama is superb even by the lofty standards of the Mother City.
As one of nine parks managed by the South African National Bio Diversity Institute, Kirstenbosch is the only one to have a walkway of this kind installed.