Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

In 1913 a professor Pearson, then chair of botany at the South African college, set about developing this vast botanical garden into what it is today – one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions. Neatly tended lawns tumble down the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, punctuated by flowering gardens, ponds and indigenous trees all knitted together by paved pathways. The grounds have a tangle of walking trails leading visitors to spots like the Bath in the Dell, a wild almond hedge planted by Jan van Riebeeck back in the 1600s, and a lane of gigantic yellowwoods housing a few shy owls. Heading towards the fynbos-covered foot of Table Mountain, you’ll find the beginnings of the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine hiking trails. The weekly Sunday summer sundowner concerts have become a tradition and feature bands like Fokofpolisiekar, Goldfish and Freshly Ground.