The gardens of Cape Town offer guests to the city a unique window into the culture that makes the city one of the most visited places in the world. In the gardens of any city, you can find its history, its personality, its geology and even its real climate.
Not only do the gardens around Cape Town allow those visiting to get some insight into the natural world, and the natural ecology of the area, but the gardens are also a great place to kick back and relax. Going out into the wild is one way to relieve stress and to just take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Cape Town’s many gardens are kept in pristine condition and they are a fantastic place to go for a long walk or to bask in the sun and enjoy a picnic.
Capetonians know they are blessed to live in a city with such a vibrant natural habitat. And for those who are going on a Cape Town tour, visiting a couple of these gardens to have a look at all of the indigenous plant life that thrives in these natural settings is a great way to spend the day.
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
This is without a doubt the most popular garden in the city and each day it sees loads of visitors enter the gardens for a meander around. Along with being able to go on a stroll, the gardens are also home to movie nights, picnics and open-air concerts. The park also has a popular canopy walk with a few surprises along the way. If you wish to visit, a small entrance fee will get you in.
- Durbanville Rose Garden
Looking like something out of an English medieval movie, the Durbanville Rose Garden is simply stunning. Home to 6000 rose bushes, with 500 different species, walking through this enchanting garden is nothing less than a magical experience. The best time to visit is from around May to October, when the flowers are in fragrant full bloom.
- Company’s Garden
This incredible garden is also a historical one, with a history dating back to 1848, when the garden was first opened to the public. These gardens are on the same property as the South African houses of parliament and St Georges Cathedral, to name a few. Both tourists and locals flock to the gardens to take a break from the busy energy of the city. Aside from going for a walk, there are a couple of other things you can do here, like enjoying a game of chess.
- Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
A little bushier and a lot more diverse, these gardens are a real oasis and you will find all sorts of interesting sights here. There is plenty to explore in these gardens, including rock pools and hiking trails, so you can easily make a whole day of the adventure.
- Rustenberg Garden
In the neighbouring town of Stellenbosch, you will find this intriguing and utterly beautiful garden. The garden is a mix of old world England and the Cape Dutch tradition, and it offers guests plenty of interesting things to see.