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KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is a world-renowned garden located at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1913, it is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and forms part of the larger Table Mountain National Park. Kirstenbosch is recognized for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse plant species, and commitment to conservation and sustainability.

The garden covers an area of approximately 528 hectares and showcases over 7,000 species of plants, predominantly native to the Cape Floristic Region. This region is known for its incredible biodiversity and unique flora, such as fynbos and proteas. Kirstenbosch plays a vital role in preserving and showcasing these indigenous plants.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of themed gardens, including the Cycad Amphitheatre, the Fynbos Walk, and the fragrance garden, as well as beautiful walking trails and the Treetop Canopy Walkway, which offers spectacular views of the garden and surrounding areas. 

Entrance tickets can be purchased online at Webtickets

  • Standard Adult: R220
  • Discounted fee for South African Residents & SADC Nationals South African Residents & SADC residents 18 years and older (with ID/proof of residency)*: R100
  • Discounted fee for African residents outside SADC 18 years and older (with ID/proof of residency): R140
  • Students/learners of 18 years and older from a South African institute (with student card): R60
  • All children from 6 to 17 years: R40
  • All children under 6 years: Free
  • BotSoc members (with membership card): Free if membership renewal was done by 31 March 2023 (only until 31 March 2024) or less 10%  (Garden entry for BotSoc members)
  • South African residents over the age of 60 (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays

*To claim the discounted entry fee, South African residents can show their ID, a certified paper copy of their ID, an electronic copy of their ID or their driver’s licence.

Garden opening times:

  • The garden is open every day from 08h00 to 19h00 during summer (Sep-Mar), 08h00 to 18h00 during winter (Apr-Aug).

THE CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE

The Castle of Good Hope, situated in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, stands as a monumental fortress that has witnessed centuries of history unfold. Built with massive stone walls, bastions, and a moat, the Castle was designed not only as a military stronghold but also as a center for administration and trade during the Dutch colonial period.

Named after the Cape of Good Hope, the Castle served as a vital outpost for ships traveling along the lucrative trade routes between Europe and the East Indies. It played a crucial role in the establishment and expansion of the Dutch colonial presence in the region, shaping the development of Cape Town into a bustling hub of commerce and culture.

One of the most striking features of the Castle is its architectural design, characterized by a blend of European, Asian, and African influences. The distinctive pentagonal shape, designed by Dutch architect Herman Schuette, reflects the military engineering principles of the time, while the ornate details and decorative elements showcase the craftsmanship of skilled artisans from various backgrounds.

Within the Castle’s walls, visitors can explore a treasure trove of historical artifacts and exhibits that offer insights into the diverse cultural heritage of South Africa. The Iziko Cape Town Museums, housed within the Castle complex, feature a range of collections, including archaeological artifacts, colonial-era furniture, artwork, and maritime memorabilia.

One of the highlights of a visit to the Castle is the opportunity to witness the daily firing of the Noon Gun, a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. This ceremonial firing, which takes place precisely at midday, serves as a reminder of the Castle’s historical role in marking time for ships at sea and is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Open between 09h00 and 16h00
Monday to Sunday
Closed on Christmas Day and Workers’ Day

Fees:

Adults: R50.00
Children aged 6 to 17: R25.00
Children aged 5 and under: Free
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R25.00

  

BLOUBERG BEACH

Bloubergstrand, often referred to simply as Blouberg, is a picturesque coastal suburb located about 25 kilometers north of Cape Town, South Africa. It is known for its stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, making it a popular destination for tourists and photographers. Here are some features that make Bloubergstrand unique:

  1. Spectacular Views: Bloubergstrand is famous for its breathtaking views of Table Mountain and the iconic Cape Town skyline across the water. This panoramic view is one of the most photographed in South Africa.

  2. Beautiful Beaches: The area is home to wide, sandy beaches with clear, cold waters. The beaches are perfect for sunbathing, beach walks, and playing in the sand.

  3. Kite Surfing and Water Sports: Due to its consistent winds, Bloubergstrand is a haven for kite surfers and windsurfers. The area hosts numerous competitions and events throughout the year.

  4. Robben Island: From the shores of Bloubergstrand, you can see Robben Island, the historic site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Tours to the island are a popular activity from this area.

  5. Dining and Entertainment: The beachfront is lined with restaurants and cafes offering a variety of dining options. Many establishments boast outdoor seating and views of the ocean, making for a relaxing dining experience.

  6. Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Bloubergstrand is a family-friendly area with parks and playgrounds close to the beach, making it an ideal destination for families with children.

  7. Local Wildlife: The area is home to various seabirds, including seagulls and cormorants. Occasionally, one can spot dolphins or whales off the coast.

Bloubergstrand’s combination of natural beauty, recreational activities, and excellent views make it a unique and sought-after destination for locals and visitors alike.

KALK BAY

Kalk Bay is a charming coastal village located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. Known for its picturesque harbor and vibrant community, Kalk Bay is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists. Here are some key features that make Kalk Bay a special place to visit:

  1. Historic Fishing Village: Kalk Bay is one of the last remaining working fishing villages in the region. The bustling harbor is home to colorful fishing boats and daily catches of fresh fish, which are available for purchase at the harbor.

  2. Eclectic Shops and Galleries: The village is known for its unique boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Visitors can explore an array of local crafts, jewelry, vintage clothing, and eclectic art pieces.

  3. Cultural and Bohemian Atmosphere: Kalk Bay has a lively, artistic vibe with a diverse community of artists, musicians, and creatives. There are often street performances, live music, and art exhibitions in the area.

  4. Scenic Beauty: Kalk Bay offers stunning views of the ocean, mountains, and surrounding landscapes. Visitors can enjoy coastal walks along the scenic shore or hike in the nearby mountains.

  5. Cafés and Restaurants: The village is home to a variety of cozy cafés and restaurants offering fresh seafood, traditional South African dishes, and international cuisine. Many establishments boast sea views and a laid-back atmosphere.

  6. Surfing: Kalk Bay is a popular spot for surfers, especially for those looking to ride the reef breaks in the bay. Surfing lessons and equipment rentals are available for those looking to try it out.

  7. Local Wildlife: The coastline is home to various marine life, including seals, dolphins, and occasionally whales. Birdwatchers can also enjoy spotting a variety of seabirds.