Tree Canopy Walkway

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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…

tree canopy walkwayHeading upward toward the start of the walkway, you’re already mesmerised by its magnificence. I felt so tiny in an ultra-large world walking parallel to it.

enchanted forest and canopy signs

tree canopy walkway kirstenboschTrees were well accommodated for, having neatly carved out holes so that no flora was damaged in the process of its construction. It also added that extra natural touch to it.

tree through walkwayThe 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.

view highest point walkwayIt was a short walk onΒ 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.kirstenbosch-garden-collageEven the fauna blended well πŸ™‚

kirstenbosch gardensWhether 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 πŸ™‚

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9 Responses

  1. Alan Howard

    It is beautiful! I really, really need a trip to South Africa sometime soon. Just need to figure out the budget. Subhan’Allah! πŸ™‚

    • Saajida

      Inshaa Allah. The ZAR is quite weak to the $ so you should be fine once you’re here…just see to the tickets:-)

  2. Saadiyah

    Wow! I’ve been to Kirstenbosch so many times and I didnt see this! Was it always there? Another reason to get back to Cape Town πŸ™‚

    • Saajida

      No, it launched in April this year if I’m not mistaken. You really should – was awesome!

  3. newsferret

    Ah, is Kirstenbosch not a wonderful example of what our whole country can be like, loving coexistence in peace.

    • Saajida

      I have never thought of it in that way – thanks! You’re right. If we’re tolerant, the outcome is immeasurable beauty.

  4. Nicky

    The Boomslang really is awesome, I agree it’s a bit nerve-wracking when it sways, but kinda cool at the same time! Lovely pics!

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