Fynbos Walk

Fynbos Walk

This path takes the visitor through the heart of the fynbos garden, which displays the major components of the fynbos, a vegetation type characteristic of the winter rainfall region of the south-western and southern Cape.

The path traverses the highest points of the cultivated area of Kirstenbosch and offers panoramic views over the Cape Flats with the Hottentots Holland mountain range in the distance. It draws a rich variety of birds, many of which are the pollinators of the fynbos plants. Four species of sun-bird are frequently seen here: : the Orange-Breasted, the Malachite, the Greater Double-Collared and the Lesser Double-Collared. Guinea fowls are a common sight and in the quieter corners you should also see the Cape Francolin; if you are very lucky, perhaps even the Dikkop. Fynbos Walk is at its most colourful from September to January.

Restio Garden

This garden displays the Cape reeds or restios as they are commonly called in an abbreviation of their family name: Restionaceae. These are unusual reed-like plants, some as small and dainty as grasses, others with thick stems up to 2 meters tall.

Protea Garden

This Garden is for proteas and their close relatives, the pincushions, Leucospermum species and conebushes, Leucadendron species. This area is at its best in the winter and spring months when the proteas, leucadendrons and serrurias are in bloom. The pincusions provide a colourful display in late spring and summer.

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