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January 27, 2009

Kirstenbosch not home to just plants

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Baby spotted eagle owl at Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Selwyn Schneider

Whenever anybody speaks about Kirstenbosch Gardens, the first thing that comes to mind is plants, especially fynbos.

Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to protect the immense floral wealth of the Cape region. Located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this 528ha (1305 acre) botanical wonderland is magnificent in any season. Paved paths make walking around the gardens a pleasure, and signboards provide information on the trees and plants as you stroll along with a partner, children or simply alone.

But have ever you been there, admiring the views from the gardens against the slopes of Table Mountain and views of Cape Town, then sat back and watched the animals in the gardens?

Personally, I think it’s the best spot for birding as well.

There are various birds to see and even a resident owl that stays on the property. If you speak to any of the staff they will direct you to where the owl can be seen.

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Egyptian geese at Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Lee Adams

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Mist over Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Lee Adams

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Guineafowl at Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Lee Adams

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A small pond at Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Lee Adams

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An Egyptian goose at Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Lee Adams

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