Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens were simply created for lazy, sunny Sunday afternoons, and I was fortunate enough to take full advantage of that this past weekend. Emphasis on the lazy part, hence the blanket spread on the grass.

Paying tribute to the history for a second because I’m a nerd like that- Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 and is home to over 7,000 species- one of the largest botanical gardens in the world! Also, you can’t beat the setting, I mean come on. It lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and has trails (Skeleton Gorge) leading up the back of Table for the extra adventurous. I opted for the blanket-laying vibe on this particular day.


Before heading to Kirstenbosch, I spent a lovely morning at the Hout Bay Bay Harbour Market. Pro tip: the MyCiti bus runs all the way to Hout Bay from Cape Town CBD, even on Sundays! What would be a pricey uber is very reasonable this way. This was my second time at the Bay Harbour Market, so I paid return visits to the Zoop! stand for Linda’s incredible lemongrass coconut chicken soup and the TeAwesome kiosk for a freshly blended grapefruit green tea. Also, the blanket/scarf/towel pictured at the top was a Bay Harbour Market purchase- the name of the vendor escapes me, but she’s a sweet woman who sells many different designs of this product. It is a linen scarf lined with terry cloth, so can be used as a beach coverup, towel, warm scarf, blanket, really anything. I’ve only bought a couple clothing items here and this one has earned its keep.

I highly recommend spending some time up in the higher parts, in the Protea garden (30+ species of South Africa’s national flower) and on the Boomslang tree canopy walkway.

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The Boomslang (meaning tree snake) tree canopy walk was a favorite. IMG_5456 IMG_5463 IMG_5471 IMG_5476 IMG_5478 IMG_5517 IMG_5553


Freshly squeezed/brewed grapefruit green tea from TeAwesome in Hout Bay Bay Harbour Market.


Linda’s divine spicy coconut chicken soup from Zoop! in the Bay Harbour Market. Happiness in a bowl.

On the topic of food, but back to Kirstenbosch- The Kirstenbosch Tea Room also has surprisingly awesome food. I had one of the best salads I’ve ever had there- the Mexican chicken salad. I practically licked the bowl.



Sunday well spent.


4 thoughts on “Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  1. Hannah, this place is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your adventures with such detail. Your photography is superb, I want to eat your lunch! It looks amazing!

    Love , Aunt Debbie

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