Great Botanical Gardens of the World
Western Cape, South Africa
Lay of the Land: An 89-acre spread in the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is remarkable not only aesthetically but historically. Founded in 1913, this is the first national botanical garden established for the express purpose of local flora conservation, and even now, almost all the species therein are indigenous. Perhaps most famous is the garden's trademark Crane Flower, a yellow version of which is named Mandela's Gold.
Don't Miss: A picnic on the premises. Stay at the nearby Cape Grace, a legend in its own right, and avail yourself of the hotel's Build-a-Basket service: copious delicacies will be packed and dispatched (with you) in a chauffeur-driven BMW to Kirstenbosch's protea enclave (or the section of your choosing).
More Info: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
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