Kirstenbosch’s new Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

by Karisa

So Spring has finally sprung and I think a great way to celebrate would be to go and check out the new Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge which opened to the public on 17 May of this year.   It winds its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum which is basically located behind the area where they usually do the summer concerts, but you can also find it on their map over here.

This 130m long walkway’s design was inspired by the skeleton of a snake and is therefore informally called “The Boomslang”.  It takes you from the forest floor, through the trees, and into an open space 12m above ground where you can enjoy some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, the Gardens as well as the Cape Flats.

Check it out:

The walkway does sway a very tiny bit, especially out on the higher lookout areas if there’s a lot of people on it at once, so if you are afraid of heights, just keep that in mind.  But I promise, it really is nothing to be afraid of, it’s very minor.

Now there’s no additional entry fee for The Boomslang, but you do still need to cover your gardens entry fee:

  • Adults:R50
  • SA Students (with card): R25
  • Children (6 – 17 years): R10
  • Under 6 years: Free
  • BOTSOC members: Free
  • SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Free on Tuesdays except on public holidays

You can either purchase your tickets there, or via Webtickets, and the Gardens are currently open Mon – Sun from 08:00 to 19:00 (that’s for Sep to Mar).  It really is very cool and a must see.  It’s also a great excuse to pack a picnic basket and chill on the lawn afterwards. (I mean that’s what Spring days are all about, right!)

With that I’m gonna sign off by saying:  Happy Spring day everybody, hope it’s a beautiful one 🙂



Jennifer Sep 1, 2014 - 12:50 pm


Karisa Sep 1, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Anything less than 4 months old still counts as new in my book 😉


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