Hiking in Kirstenbosch Gardens

Many of the hikes and walks on Table Mountain begin or end in the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens. Situated on the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain Kirstenbosch includes a cultivated garden and nature reserve.

The garden displays a collection of Southern African plants including many which are rare or endangered.  The Kirstenbosch Estate was owned by many private owners the last of which was Cecil John Rhodes. When he died in 1902, the gardens were left to the nation and in 1913, became a botanical garden dedicated to the cultivation and study of the indigenous plants of South Africa.

Whatever the day or the weather Kirstenbosch seems a haven of peace. Its wide sweeping lawns hosting family picnics under the many huge trees. In the background the green sides of Table Mountain and the impressive castle rock sandwiched between Nursery and Skeleton Gorges.

Not only a walkers paradise Kirstenbosch also hosts several outdoor concerts during the summer months. What a day, walk in the indigenous forests and on the mountain slopes, then meet friends for a picnic and relax on the lawns as the evening draws in enjoying a concert in the open air.

Join Ridgway Ramblers for a guided hike on Table Mountain beginning or ending  in Kirstenbosch Gardens.