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Saturday Spot: Kirstenbosch for Kids…

April 12th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Kirstenbosch is one of our best spots to visit in Cape Town, it is the National Botanical Gardens of Cape town and splendid!!! We only go there once or twice a year – it isn’t covered by our Wild Card, and we don’t go often enough to make the annual fee worth our while. But that being said children under six are free so I only have to pay for three kids and it really is a reasonable outing!!!

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It is a fabulous spot for picnics There are tea rooms, and a huge shop full of wide selection of local books and products – great if you are a tourist and a little less great if you are local – definitely Dollar and Pound prices. And like most tourist spots in the world you can most likely do better elsewhere.:

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And most folk head straight for the river running through for hours of paddling and playing and fun…

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But there is far more to Kirstenbosch than a river running through it…

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There are so many places to look about and explore that you can visit a completely different corner every time you go there…

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There are wide open lawns:

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There are birds galore:

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There are glorious places to paddle:

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And look at that waterfall:

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There are places to run and hide:

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And I mean hide:

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And historical spots to learn about:

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There are the most amazing indigenous plants, we love the useful plant section and their is a scent garden that’s just brilliant and a braille trail that’s great fun to walk… And heaps of little animals and birds enjoying the gardens too:

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There are maps and pamphlets galore – and they are great for plotting routes and planning outings:

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But our favorite spot is the Conservatory: We always stop in here rain or shine and then linger for at least an hour!!! It is a huge glasshouse where you can visit various plant regions of Southern Africa. You can see all the weird and wonderful plants of Africa under one roof…

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Succulents and stone plants, cacti and Boababs…

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And don’t for a moment think glass house means pokey and claustrophibic – it is huge and airy with full grown trees. It is not steamy and enclosed either their is cool fresh air running through it. It does have enclosed rooms with carefully balanced environments so that you can see plants that you would never normally see, like mountain top plants from the highest peaks.

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And everyone always wants to touch the huge Boabab in the middle:

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Just make sure your beginner reader collects their pamphlet in their own languages because the pamphlets are in a myriad of different languages…

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So The Conservatory is great, don’t miss it, as you go in and out, because you will be missing a rare treasure. Even if you visit Kirstenbosch on a typical Cape of Storms day the Conservatory is always an option for a walk and a whole lot of discovering…

That’s it… Have a Great Week!!!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 denise // Apr 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    wow. what an amazingly beautiful place! that top photo is breathtaking.

  • 2 andy // Apr 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    yay. I am now a computer genius! I have written a comment. Tomorrow is “meet the teacher” and I plan to rant about the evils of homework. I send my kids to school to get rid of them and wicked teachers want me to play maths fun games…. grr. We also love Kirstenbosch – make kids run around til exhausted zzzzzzzz and more free time for me hee hee

  • 3 se7en // Apr 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Mom in Madison, Thanks so much for stopping by, I am privileged!!! I grew up round the corner from here with this awesome mountain right above us – I tell you it is so easy to take your background for granted!!! You are right it is a beautiful spot, right in the middle of the suburban part of our city!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 4 se7en // Apr 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Andy, the computer genius!!! Finally you managed a comment – well done you!!! You are so right homework should be banished and Kirstenbosch is indeed a great child fatigue inducer!!! Good luck at your meeting!!!

  • 5 katherinemarie // Apr 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    You know I want to come VISIT! What a beautiful place God has CREATED!!!!

  • 6 se7en // Apr 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Hay KM, Missed you round here!!! We certainly live in a beautiful part of the world!!! Have a happy week!!!

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