The Kirstenbosch Heritage Trail

Celebrating  Heritage Day at Kirstenbosch is a treat for the whole family and a time to discover more of the history of the “most beautiful garden in Africa.”

The Heritage Trail offers an unusual way to uncover the development of the Garden and while this walk is normally self guided, during Heritage week from 23 to 27 September,our garden guides will be leading this trail at 11am each day.


If the visitor wants the take the trail at their own pace or at any time during the year, then following the clearly marked signposts is a breeze. Picking it up from any place in the Garden the trail follows acircular route and specificHeritage Trail direction markers make it easy to pinpoint.


Storyboards placed along the route illustrate significant historical places such as the Dell and Bath, the Koppie, Camphor Avenue and Van Riebeeck’s Hedge making it a pictorial tour of the oldest, most historic parts of the Garden. Old photos of the Garden illustrate how it looked in the beginning giving visitors the opportunity of seeing how the landscape has changed over the years.


Add to that more interesting information about how Kirstenbosch began 100 years ago;  the people who started it, people who have contributed to its development over the years, the difficulties and challenges they overcame, who and what was here before Kirstenbosch was a Botanic Garden – this is a real walk of discovery. Storyboards illustrating the many interesting gardens within the Garden;Useful Plants Garden, Garden of Weeds and Garden of Extinction bring an unusual aspect to the Trail and allow the visitor to extend the tour to explore these gardens en route.


Following the walk take a welcome break at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room and enjoy some historical fare in the sweet shape of the decadently delicious traditional Afrikaans or Malay Koeksisters– true South African desserts.  Or wander into the African splendour of moyo Kirstenbosch and relax with their special Heritage day offering of a mahala breakfast on 24 September.


As a memento of the day pop into the Kirstenbosch Botanical Society Bookshop where their magnificent array of books offers a lasting memory of the visit.

Details: Heritage Week 23 to the 27 September walks will take place every day starting at 11am from the Information desk, Visitors Gate 1.

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