Travel theme – Parks: Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

A beautiful Cape Sugarbird on a Protea

Nestled at the foot of a most spectacular mountain, you will find one of the world’s most lovely cities, Cape Town (South Africa).  If you care to follow around to the east of this famous ‘Table Mountain’, you will come to what has been described as the “most beautiful garden in Africa”-Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens.

This is my special ‘Park’ which I have posted in reply to the weekly challenge from Ailsa at Where’s my backpackThis place is no ordinary botanic garden – it stretches across the foothills of the Table Mountain and has this majestic range as a backdrop, it is just indescribably beautiful.

Magnificent Table Mountain Nature Reserve backs onto Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

The gardens were dedicated nearly a century ago (1913), and now have over 7000 species in cultivation. It is a mecca for botanists from across the globe and is recognised by these experts as being one of the greatest botanical treasures in the world.

There are many species of large, stunning Proteas in the gardens

Green heath flowers shine in the sun

Heaths come in a lot of bright colours to attract pollinators

A small fuzzy, fascinating green heath!

I have been to Kirstenbosch twice and both times, I have just revelled in the richness of the environment and the diversity of plants and flowers.

I am a botanist, so this may explain a bit of my passion! But even for non botanists, this place is peaceful, and very inspiring. There are wide lawns and expanses where everyone can relax and unwind.

The gardens are 36 hectares in size and are part of a much larger estate (528 hectares) of protected area. It is difficult to believe that this spectacular place is so near the centre of a busy large city!

Kirstenbosch is a wonderful place to relax and soak up the wonderful flora, fauna and scenery

KJ and I were amazed at these beautiful cheetahs – carved with great skill from a tree stump

Words are actually inadequate to do justice to this place. All I can say is that I have taken hundreds of photos of plants, flowers, scenery and birds and barely managed to capture the fabulous magic of this special garden.

If you are planning a trip to Southern Africa, and want to see the native flora up close and personal, then a trip to Kirstenbosch is very highly recommended!

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8 Responses to Travel theme – Parks: Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

  1. ailsapm says:

    Ooh Madoqua, this is such a beautiful place, and that view of Table Mountain is glorious. I didn’t realise you were a botanist, that is very cool – I have a deep love of the natural world – I usually post my nature and wildlife photos on my nature blog xxx


    • Madoqua says:

      Ailsa, thanks for coming over to check out my response to your ‘Park’ challenge. Kirstenbosch is a very beautiful place in a stunning natural setting!


  2. Gilly Gee says:

    It looks heavenly, a plantswomans paradise!


  3. Jo Bryant says:

    Madoqua these are great. i love proteas so really loved seeing this one. Wow that cheetah carving is fabulous


    • Madoqua says:

      Jo, so pleased you like my photos of Proteas. I think you would love the Table Mountain National Park. So many Proteas, growing in the wild.
      The cheetah carving was truly beautiful. So much work and talent – I would not know where to start!


  4. fgassette says:




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