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Cape Town‘s variety of picturesque gardens and parks offer a welcome reprieve from the bustle of the city center. Each location has its own unique characteristics, from peaceful glades for those who wish for some quiet time, to outdoor activities for fitness lovers. Here’s our guide to the Mother City’s most beautiful parks and gardens.
Situated next to the Cape Town Stadium, the Green Point Urban Park is the perfect setting for a fun day out in the sun and fresh air. The park has a range of activities for all ages, including play parks for children, an outdoor gym and walking and cycling paths. Take a relaxing stroll through the biodiversity garden and admire the variety of indigenous flora around the picturesque lakes. There’s also plenty of space for picnics on the green, manicured lawns with views of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.
Established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the historical Company’s Garden forms a unique oasis in the heart of the central business district. With a variety of trees and flora, the garden offers many shady spots and benches on which to unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. If you wander along the pathways, you’ll come across a variety of historical features to pique your interest, such as a well that dates back to 1842, historic statues, a Japanese theme garden, and a vegetable garden that recreates elements of the original VOC garden. On the north end of the expanse, you can explore African natural history and art at the South African National Gallery and the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium. The Garden also boasts a rose garden, water features, and a restaurant that serves delicious contemporary cuisine.
Rondebosch Park offers many opportunities for outdoor activities like running, cycling and walking. Giant oak and pine trees line the network of pathways that crisscross the park, providing many shady areas to relax or enjoy a picnic. The park is a popular location for carols by candlelight and is home to the long-held Rondebosch Park Market, which takes place every second Saturday of the month in summer. The market offers a variety of arts and crafts, pottery, clothing and artisanal foods.
Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Arderne Gardens offers a quiet retreat from the city. Renowned for its exotic trees and Japanese-style ponds, the beautiful garden is a popular location for lunch-time strolls and family outings to observe the resident ducks, guinea fowl and fish. The many walkways meander through the garden inviting you to sit and read a book or simply enjoy the solitude. The garden is also a popular location for wedding parties who have their photos taken here on the weekends.
The Durbanville Rose Garden is situated in the suburb of Durbanville in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The picturesque garden boasts 6,000 rose bushes creating a delightful cornucopia of color. Several pathways meander around the garden providing ideal nooks for wedding photos and an opportunity to take in the surroundings. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea and tasty eats at the Tea Room, open from October to May.