On Sunday morning I joined my brother, Mike, and my future brother-in-law, Gareth, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to explore the new Tree Canopy Walk which has been built in celebration of Kirstenbosch’s centenary.
We met at the top gate and followed the signs to the Enchanted Forest section which took us back to our childhood days where we used to love climbing the enchanted trees. We continued to follow other visitors and arrived at the start of the Tree Canopy Walk, also nicknamed ‘the Boomslang’ (translation: tree snake).
The raised walkway made from steel and timber weaves through the tree canopy much like a boomslang snake. The bridge structure even moves slightly as a boomslang would which was a novel surprise. It was quite entertaining seeing visitors smile nervously as they steadied themselves on the swaying walkway while parents calmed down their anxious toddlers. One child held her friend’s hand while walking on the walkway and proudly said, “I’m not scared, are you?”. I giggled at this cute interaction and proceeded to find a stable spot to absorb the aerial view. You look down over Kirstenbosch Gardens, up at Table Mountain and can see the Cape Flats in the distance. The winter cloud cover almost gave the Boomslang Walkway a misty, mystical forest feel.
The new structure is a great addition to one of my favourite Cape Town spots and I will be sure to include a stroll along the Tree Canopy Walkway the next time I visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.