Known as ‘the most beautiful garden in Africa’ Cape Town’s botanical garden is a great starting point for AWOL’s hiking tours up Table Mountain. It was Henry Harold Pearson, a British-born South African botanist who founded the Botanical Garden in 1913 – exactly a century ago.

Known as ‘the most beautiful garden in Africa’ Cape Town’s botanical garden is a great starting point for AWOL’s hiking tours up Table Mountain. It was Henry Harold Pearson, a British-born South African botanist who founded the Botanical Garden in 1913 – exactly a century ago.

Known as ‘the most beautiful garden in Africa’ Cape Town’s botanical garden is a great starting point for AWOL’s hiking tours up Table Mountain. It was Henry Harold Pearson, a British-born South African botanist who founded the Botanical Garden in 1913 – exactly a century ago.

Back in 1660, by order of Jan van Riebeek, a hedge of Wild Almond was planted on the site to protect the perimeter of the Dutch colony. Some of this ‘planted wall’ can still be found in the garden present day. Later in time J.F. Kirsten was the manager of the land in the 18th century. The word bosch is the old Dutch word for ‘bush’ hence the name Kirstenbosch.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was founded to preserve the country’s unique flora, the Cape fynbos, being the 1.) Most diverse 2.) Smallest and 3.) Oldest plant kingdom’s in the world. Famously, Kirstenbosch only cultivates indigenous plants (South Africa has six different biomes).

The Garden is beautifully set against the foot of Table Mountain, the iconic mountain towering over Cape Town. Directly from the garden, AWOL guests can choose from several hiking trails up the mountain slopes. This is also where the Smuts Track starts (via Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine). This trail was regularly used by former South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts .

The Kirstenbosch Gardens is fun for any local or overseas visitor. In summer for instance, outdoor concerts and movies are held in the Garden. Also, temporary art exhibitions are always on display. But the main reason to visit the Gardens is to enjoy the beautiful colors, smells, and shapes of South Africa’s special flora.

Come and explore why Kirstenbosch Gardens has won 29 Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show (of the 33 appearances) on a – blooming – AWOL hiking experience!

Back in 1660, by order of Jan van Riebeek, a hedge of Wild Almond was planted on the site to protect the perimeter of the Dutch colony. Some of this ‘planted wall’ can still be found in the garden present day. Later in time J.F. Kirsten was the manager of the land in the 18th century. The word bosch is the old Dutch word for ‘bush’ hence the name Kirstenbosch.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was founded to preserve the country’s unique flora, the Cape fynbos, being the 1.) Most diverse 2.) Smallest and 3.) Oldest plant kingdom’s in the world. Famously, Kirstenbosch only cultivates indigenous plants (South Africa has six different biomes).

The Garden is beautifully set against the foot of Table Mountain, the iconic mountain towering over Cape Town. Directly from the garden, AWOL guests can choose from several hiking trails up the mountain slopes. This is also where the Smuts Track starts (via Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine). This trail was regularly used by former South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts .

The Kirstenbosch Gardens is fun for any local or overseas visitor. In summer for instance, outdoor concerts and movies are held in the Garden. Also, temporary art exhibitions are always on display. But the main reason to visit the Gardens is to enjoy the beautiful colors, smells, and shapes of South Africa’s special flora.

Come and explore why Kirstenbosch Gardens has won 29 Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show (of the 33 appearances) on a – blooming – AWOL hiking experience!

Back in 1660, by order of Jan van Riebeek, a hedge of Wild Almond was planted on the site to protect the perimeter of the Dutch colony. Some of this ‘planted wall’ can still be found in the garden present day. Later in time J.F. Kirsten was the manager of the land in the 18th century. The word bosch is the old Dutch word for ‘bush’ hence the name Kirstenbosch.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was founded to preserve the country’s unique flora, the Cape fynbos, being the 1.) Most diverse 2.) Smallest and 3.) Oldest plant kingdom’s in the world. Famously, Kirstenbosch only cultivates indigenous plants (South Africa has six different biomes).

The Garden is beautifully set against the foot of Table Mountain, the iconic mountain towering over Cape Town. Directly from the garden, AWOL guests can choose from several hiking trails up the mountain slopes. This is also where the Smuts Track starts (via Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine). This trail was regularly used by former South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts .

The Kirstenbosch Gardens is fun for any local or overseas visitor. In summer for instance, outdoor concerts and movies are held in the Garden. Also, temporary art exhibitions are always on display. But the main reason to visit the Gardens is to enjoy the beautiful colors, smells, and shapes of South Africa’s special flora.

Come and explore why Kirstenbosch Gardens has won 29 Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show (of the 33 appearances) on a – blooming – AWOL hiking experience!