One more stop on our frantic Cape Town tour was Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The garden was created in 1913 and is held in high regard because it contains (almost) only plants indigenous to the region. Now, while the words “botanical garden” will always call to mind lush, colorful images, this one really was one of the prettiest gardens I have ever seen. And unlike certain “tourist attractions”, this place seemed as popular with the locals as with sightseers from afar.
While walking around we saw families having picnics and people lounging on the grass or hiking the trails that lead through the park and up to table mountain behind the gardens. The place really was more of a park. The flowers were gorgeous, the grounds completely manicured, and the signs about the unfamiliar flora were truly interesting. We could have spent the whole day there. Actually, if we are ever back in the area, we will take a picnic lunch and do just that. Unfortunately, given our day’s plan, we only had a short time to spend, but we took tons of pictures to remember the place by. Here are some of our favorites: