The last time I visited Kirstenbosch Gardens was two weeks after I moved to Cape Town (check it out here: these pics were taken with my old Nokia N8!). And so when warm, sunny weather knocked on our door this weekend, we packed up and went back… but this time, to experience its very unique “Tree Canopy Walkway.”
Nicknamed the “Boomslang” (literally tree snake in Afrikaans), the walkway is so aptly-named. Long and windy, its structure mimics that of a slithering snake. All the hype and excitement got me worked up and I just had to give this one a go…
The view from the highest point of the walkway was breathtaking. As can be seen below. If you’re afraid of heights, I suggest limiting yourself to a single glance. The other factor here is that when there are many people at once on the walkway, it sways! It was terribly scary but fun at the same time.
It was a short walk on the Boomslang but the beauty of Kirstenbosch is just so overwhelming – you can’t get bored after your walk across. We found some lovely shady areas to chill and just take it all in again.Even the fauna blended well 🙂
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, this is one place you have to step into. There’s just a single entrance fee (of about R45) and you can spend the entire day here; picnicking, jogging or hiking. Just don’t make the same mistake I did and take lots of water with you!
If you’ve been on Boomslang already, let me know your experiences in the comments below 🙂