January 25, 2012
Summer Garden Walks Inspire Love in Cape Town
Cape Town is filled with abundant natural beauty and the many gardens in and around the Peninsula are perfect for romantic walks and intimate picnics.
A historical landmark that dates back to the 1700s, Vergelegen is a 40-minute drive from Cape Town city centre. It is acclaimed for its award-winning wines, and for the preservation of its superb gardens and grounds that were initially crafted by some of the world's greatest explorers 300 years ago. Visitors can enjoy 17 gardens that include the camellia and rose gardens, and forests of oak, camphor, mulberry and yellowwood trees.
The Company’s Garden dates back to the arrival of the first settlers in the 1650s, when it was used to cultivate fresh produce for passing ships. Today, the public park comprises a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden, and visitors can enjoy lunch under the trees, the shaded benches along Government Avenue, and feeding the squirrels. The Company’s Garden is also home to South Africa’s first cultivated pear tree planted in 1652, as well as the SA Museum and the SA National Gallery.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was established in 1913 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies in the middle of the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest of six recognised floral kingdoms in the world, and home to a diverse range of indigenous flora known as fynbos. Enjoy walks through the garden, where you can see various historic features, and have a picnic while bird watching at the pond.
Durbanville Rose Garden was established in 1979 as an initiative of the Western Cape Rose Society. The 3.5ha park is filled with 4 500 bushes of 500 varieties of roses, and a tea garden.
Green Point Urban Park is next to Cape Town Stadium and opened in early 2011 as an inner city recreation park. Open seven days a week, it offers walks, picnic spots, water features and play areas.