KIRSTEN­BOSCH GAR­DEN

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Mo­tor­ing back along the shore of False Bay, we stop off in Si­mon’s Town to take a quick tour of Boul­ders Beach, where the fa­mous South African pen­guins have made their home. From an orig­i­nal pair that came ashore in the mid-1980s, the pen­guin pop­u­la­tion ex­ploded un­til mea­sures were taken to as­sure the con­tin­ued co­ex­is­tence of both fowl and hu­mans. A few more miles of stren­u­ous driv­ing across pic­turesque moun­tain ter­rain fea­tur­ing sev­eral hair­pin turns – which Sha­heed took with aplomb – and we found our­selves at the ex­quis­ite Kirsten­bosch National Botan­i­cal Gar­den. Kirsten­bosch is cel­e­brat­ing its 100th an­niver­sary in 2013, with over 7,000 species in cul­ti­va­tion, in­clud­ing many rare and threat­ened species.

Set against the eastern slope of Cape Town’s Ta­ble Moun­tain, the 36 hectare gar­den is part of a 528 hectare es­tate that dis­plays a wide va­ri­ety of the unique flora of the Cape as well as plants from all over south­ern Africa. Kirsten­bosch was the the first botan­i­cal gar­den in the world to be in­cluded within a nat­u­ral UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

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