Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel Cape Town
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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 7 – late afternoon

After leaving Simon's Town, we arrived at the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanital Gardens a good forty-five minutes later.  

The weather was damp and humid from all that rain that we had today and unfortunately, the sky was once again completely covered with greyish clouds.     Groannnn!

After dropping us off at one of the garden’s back entrance gates, we were told by our guide to follow the paths that he showed us on a map and that he would meet us in an hour or so at the front entrance’s doors!    Hmmmm…..that was easy for him to say!  

Nested at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora and what makes it so famous worldwide today is that only indigenous plants are cultivated here!   Interesting facts!

The place was deserted at this time of day as Michel and I followed one of the many trails while I admired along the way the beautiful plants, trees and flowers as well as the picturesque mountain views!  

Since we were left all by ourselves to wander around, it was kind of a disappointment not having our guide with us to explain what we were seeing.    Not that I would have listened to him anyway because I usually don’t being always busy taking photos all over the place and never staying put in one place but…….it would have been nice and a reassurance at the same time to know that we were on the right path and not lost in other words!    Ha, ha, ha!

With the many trails not properly indicated and the size of this gigantic botanical garden, I can tell you one thing……we were more worried about getting lost than anything else and not making it on time at the front entrance’s gates than really appreciating the views!    

So yes, we passed by quite fast many wonderful landscapes, took many trails, occasionally took shortcuts (Michel walking on the grass and me following him), retraced our steps on a few occasions due to having taken the wrong turn before finally after a good forty-minutes of practically running we had made it to the front gates!    Yeahhhh!    We had survived the jungle trekking!  

Our guide was sitting on a bench practically dozing off looking all relaxed and no worry at all kind of look!   Of course he did, we did all the work of running around!   Ha, ha, ha!

  After a very long day, we were back at 5:30pm at our V&A Hotel at the Waterfront!    The clouds had moved out making me think that maybe we’d be able to see the sunset this evening!

While Michel looked at me, he knew right away what I was thinking about!

To be continued…

Monique   :-)
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Fiorella on

That was a bad tour guide =/ But the pictures are very nice :)

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