At the launch of the very beautiful book, Kirstenbosch, the most beautiful garden in the Africa by Professor Brian Huntley, I had the pleasure of meeting Daphne Mackie, author of the delightfully illustrated books highlighted below.

Her passion for Kirstenbosch, her sanctuary, came through strongly in our conversation. After working in the business world until the age of 50, she has found her bliss in painting and writing about this gem we have in our midst.

The following information was forwarded to me by Belinda van der Merwe of Struik, publishers of Daphne’s books.

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch by Daphne Mackie




These five imaginative trails capture the magic of nature within Kirstenbosch, South Africa’s best-known botanical garden.


Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch by Daphne MackieEager young adventurers will have hours of fun discovering prehistoric gems, enchanted forests, secret gardens, mysterious mirror pools and much more.


Each route description is accompanied by a map and beautiful photographs and illustrations, while the text is packed with information about striking and surprising trees, flowers, birds, insects, animals and tidbits from history, as well as descriptions of the best places to play and relax.


This whimsical guide is a must-have companion for any young adventurer setting off intoCape Town’s much-loved garden.


Daphne Mackie has painted the flowers of Africa for as long as she can remember. After marrying a Capetonian in 1964, Daphne discovered the sanctuary that is Kirstenbosch, and her love of nature led to a fulfilling career in art, reproducing the indigenous Cape Flora. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and springer spaniel.


ISBN: 9781431701193 | RRP: R95.00



Kirstenbosch Journal by Daphne MackieThe Kirstenbosch Journal is the work of a local artist and botanical illustrator, inspired byCape Town’s world-famous garden. This elegant visual diary offers 100 lined pages for writing and reflection.


The book is enlivened with beautiful images – both illustrations and photographs – of the different areas of the gardens, lovingly captured by the artist.


The artwork is evocative but light, so that it does not intrude, making this a delightful journal and a beautiful gift for any nature lover.


It’s printed on eco-friendly paper that is a pleasure to write on.


Daphne Mackie has painted the wild flowers of Africa for as long as she can remember. In 1970 she settled in Cape Town where Kirstenbosch Gardens, with its wealth of indigenous flora, inspired her to take up formal botanical illustrating. She exhibited at the Celebration of 300 years of Botanical Illustration at the Cape, and exhibits regularly with the Cape Artists’  Society at Kirstenbosch.



ISBN: 978-1-43170-118-6 | RRP: R100.00 | Category: Tourism / Nature / Botany

For an interview with Daphne, cover images, and / or author photographs, contact Kim Peters at / 011 484-3538. For more information, visit