Tree-top canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Canopy walkway model

Kirstenbosch Gardens is proud to announce another exciting project taking place in the garden during this its centenary year.  A tree-top canopy walkway is under construction in the arboretum and, when completed, will take visitors from the forest floor through the foliage of the tree tops and eventually ascend above the canopy to give spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Cape Flats.  Affectionately known as the “boomslang” (after an indigenous tree-dwelling snake), the pathway will wind and curve through the branches and tree trunks in much the same way as a boomslang (“tree snake”) would do. It is roughly crescent-shaped so the two ends reconnect with the forest floor in two different places in the arboretum.  The curving 130 meter long, galvanised steel structure, is a feat of modern engineering.  The boomslang will be wheelchair accessible and is estimated to reach completion during October of this year.  Watch this space…

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