PICS: Kirstenbosch's amazing aerial walkway set to open this month

2014-04-04 09:46
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Cape Town – An aerial walkway with spectacular views will soon be open to the public at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.

Check out the latest pics here.

After some delays, the Treetop Canopy Walkway, affectionately known as the ‘the boomslang,’ is set to open by mid- to late-April and, if social media is anything to go by, Capetonians and tourists alike are extremely excited about the prospect.  

“We were hoping to open it at the beginning of April, but there have been a few delays, mostly weather-related,” Adam Harrower, a horticulturalist at Kirstenbosch who is involved in the project, said.  

Constructed from galvanised steel and wood, the roughly crescent-shaped, 130-metre-long walkway curves between the trees and through the branches. It peaks at about 12 metres and joins the forest floor in two different places.

Needless to say, it will give visitors a breathtaking aerial view of the Botanical Gardens’ 450 indigenous plant species, taking them over the well-known Kirstenbosch Concert lawn as well as the Dell.

And get this - it's absolutely free to walk on, a garden entry ticket is all that's required and it's also wheelchair friendly!

The walkway is a heritage project developed in partnership between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and the Botanical Society of South Africa.  

"We wanted to celebrate our Centenary (1913-2013) with a project that would be spectacular, unique and long-lasting.  This walkway, which had been on the backburner for many years, fit all the criteria and was a perfect way to mark the event in Kirstenbosch with something permanent," Harrower explained. 

Kirstenbosch curator Philip Leroux told News24 Travel earlier this year that it was built purely from bequest money from numerous donors, but predominantly Mary Mullins.

Check out the Walkway website for more details.

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