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Kirstenbosch Gardens

Fynbos

As soon as we reached Cape Town, I started sneezing.  Violently.  After a month in the mostly dry eastern areas of South Africa, I didn't expect the green-drenched blooming flowers and bushes.  Fynbos, these alien-fronded plants are called and at Kirstenbosch Gardens, we found ourselves amidst flora entirely unlike anything else on this earth.

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Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens rests at the foot of the famous Table Mountain with stunning views of Cape Town.  It is the perfect place to spend a sunny day and we wished we had packed a picnic lunch to take with us into the gardens, as many of the locals had.  

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Kirstenbosch is a unique botanical gardens in that it cultivates only indigenous plants, meaning that you won't find any rose gardens or tulips.  Instead, we saw fynbos --- a natural shrubbery occurring across the Cape Peninsula, which comprises the majority of the vegetation seen in these photographs.  The fynbos require fire to survive and during the dry hot summers, the plants will catch fire and the seeds will germinate after the fire.  We were in the Cape Peninsula during their spring and the blooming fynbos took our breath away (both literally and figuratively - bring your allergy medication if you need it).

Kirstenbosch Gardens costs about 37 Rand per adult (about $5.50 USD) and hours vary according to season. 

 

07/11/2011 21:51
This is one of the big sites in Cape Town I was bummed to have missed, but maybe we'll make it a priority when back this fall.
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07/13/2011 11:45
It's a gorgeous place and definitely a great park to hang out and relax in. We were very happy that we spent the day there. Pack a picnic, though!
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07/12/2011 03:56
Oh how beautiful! I hear you re: allergies though. Switzerland is stunning nature-wise but I need allergy medication right through Spring and summer.
07/13/2011 13:36
It happens to me everywhere but South Africa was especially bad - the fynbos had some allergens I definitely wasn't used to!
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07/12/2011 17:00
With out a doubt, these were some of the prettiest flowers I've ever seen. The first one looked like it was made of ribbon candy! Beautiful
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07/13/2011 13:02
Thanks Debbie! I know - those protea with the ribboned interiors totally blew us away. I took way too many pictures of them.
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07/14/2011 18:12
I love the color composition of the flowers and varying degrees of perspective of the photos in the gallery. Overall, very stunning!
07/19/2011 13:03
Thanks so much!
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07/15/2011 17:50
Wow what beautiful flowers. The colors are just amazing!
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07/19/2011 13:05
Thank you Danielle!
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07/20/2011 11:09
Looks great but I could never go to places like this with my wife. She would go crazy with her allergies! Love the photos as usual great shots!
09/24/2012 10:33
julie
Hi
I started reading your blog this afternoon while searching for some ideas to visit Kruger National Park,stopped at the "Flowers", will continue tomorrow.Loved yr photos.
Just wanted to say that it sure helped alot, because I was curious about the reaction that you received as a mixed couple.I was born in S.A (Indian)but left in 1976,because of Apartheid, met my German husband in Joburg and because it was too dangerous we left for Germany.
I have in the meantime travelled the world and have to say that South africa is the most beautiful country in this world.It has everything the best food,fauna, flora, the sun,the most beautiful sunsets,the starry heavens at night and lastly the friendliest people on earth..Ask me I have lived in the north of Germany and people seldom smile there.
I now live in Belgium, but visit my family often in S.A. and try to go down in DEC because then our litchis and mangoes are ready for harvesting.I could go on about S.A , please visit this country and for sure you would not want to leave it.
10/24/2012 12:21
Julie, Thank you! You're right --- South Africa is a wonderland. We absolutely loved our time there and MUST go back. It is simply a magical place with such warm and welcoming people.

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