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 backpack. This 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.
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.
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!
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!