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Kirstenbosch Gardens Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

January 2, 2015

sign to walkway

We’re huge fans of gardens and nature here at Penny Lane Lodge and we were very excited when in May 2014 Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town opened a new and exciting attraction. Constructed to commemorate the centenary of Kirstenbosch in 2013 and nicknamed ‘The Boomslang’ (meaning tree snake), the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber structure that curves and climbs through and over the trees of the Arboretum.

tree-canopy-walkway-through-treesThis low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor to above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic views over the Gardens, mountains and central Cape Town. The walkway is 130m long and crescent-shaped taking advantage of the sloping ground so that it touches the forest floor in two places and raises visitors to 12m above ground. From this unusual vantage point, surrounded by the lush greenery of the tree canopy, you can watch the many beautiful birds flitting about at eye level. Be sure to check out the labels on the trees that tell you their family and common names, and see the information boards along the path which give details about the birds, animals and mountain peaks visible from the boardwalk.

There is no additional fee to walk on the Boomslang other than the normal Garden entry fee. The Boomslang is walkwayaccessible to wheelchairs, although the Arboretum is situated on a slope and quite far into the Garden, so visitors in wheelchairs will need assistance to negotiate the steep gradients to get to and from the walkway and the mulch paths in the Arboretum.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 08h00 to 19h00 (summer); Monday – Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00 (winter).


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