7 most famous and beautiful gardens and parks in Cape town

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Seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? If yes, then Cape Town has answers to your quest with beautiful gardens and parks.

You don’t have to break a bank to get a break from the ever-so-busy world. There are amazing gardens and parks in Cape Town, South Africa for your relaxation and leisure.

And, all you have to do is prepare for the thrilling experience that awaits you in the hub of nature and calmness thanks to South Africa’s second-most populous city – a serene environment for the tourists.

If Cape Town is your next holiday destination, then this article will guide your interest in finding relaxation centres in Cape Town.

The parks are beautiful with a good landscape and each with some tall buildings for taking aerial photographs of the location.

So, start planning for an incredible experience and an amazing time – you’ll find it worth spending when you visit some of these locations. 

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Here are 7 most famous and beautiful gardens and parks in Cape town

  1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

This is located in Newlands. It is the perfect place for couples and singles to relax, meditate, and have fun. Open-air concerts can be held here. You can also come here for picnics, and leisure strolls. 

If you want to see a nighttime movie with your partner here, you are absolutely free to do so. There are flowery pastures here that create ample space for children to enjoy the environment as they please. 

This garden is definitely a safe place for you to spend time at. And you will leave fulfilled. It is always open every day of the week between the hours of 8 am – 6 pm.

The entrance fee is R75 for adults; R40 for students; R20 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. And, pensioners are allowed free entry on Tuesdays except on public holidays. To contact, dial 021 799 8783 or email [email protected]

  1. Vergelegen

This is in Somerset West. It offers you serenity with 18 alluring triumphant gardens. Here, you can stroll in the morning or in the afternoon. You are allowed to lose yourself in the warmth and beauty of the well-groomed gardens. To your delight, you will find an Agapanthus garden, a playground, and a splendid rose garden in Vergelegen.

Here, there are also rocky trees that offer comfort to children who want to explore. There are a plethora of hampers in Vergelegen. So, although you will not be allowed to bring your own, you can place an order to enjoy them under the prominent camphor trees.

Opening hours are between 9 am – 5 pm every day of the week. Please note that daily garden tours start at 9.30 am.

The entrance fee is R10 for adult property; R5 for pensioners and scholars property (However, pensioners are allowed free entry on Mondays); and R50 for the garden tours. To contact, dial 021 847 21 22 and/or email [email protected]

  1. Houw Hoek Outspan

This is Elgin’s beauty which has a cavernous mass of rich vegetation that makes you marvel at the wonders of nature. The animated colors here add all the extra oomph needed for the Houw Hoek to be a favorite picnic destination.

You are more than invited to have picnics here. And there are coffee, cake, homemade chicken wraps, and plants waiting to be purchased here. 

While entry is free, visitors are free to donate to the Bot River Education Foundation. Please note that the Houw Hoek garden is only open to the public during the Elgin Open Gardens event. And this takes place over two weekends of the year. However, groups interested in visiting can contact Barbara Knox-Shaw to plan tours for large groups during Elgin Open Gardens.

To contact, dial 082 740 3590 (Peter & Tessa Goemans) [email protected] 

Elgin Open Gardens: 021 844 0154/ 078 021 2101 (Barbara Knox-Shaw) 083 458 3790 (Jessie Walton) email [email protected]

  1. Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden

This is in Green Point and it offers you an arranged garden, blessed with a heterogeneous primordial Cape flora. Located below the Cape Town Stadium, here is the perfect place for you to enjoy instinctive afternoons with children having a run in the open garden. It is also a safe haven for picnics as the summer sun shines through. Great for walks and runs in the natural air encompassed by the sounds from the ocean, this is a place that fulfils your needs in a natural habitat.

It is open every day between 7 am – 6 pm. There is no entry cost. To contact, dial 021 444 4258 email [email protected]

  1. Schoongezicht Garden

Rustenberg Estate’s Schoongezicht Garden can have you coming back for more. Located in Stellenbosch, it offers lush views of flower gardens, green water meadows and the Simonsberg mountain. Transformed by Rozanne Barlow, who is the estate owner’s wife, Schoongezicht is the exquisite place for afternoon strolls. This garden is styled after a Chartres forest. 

It is opened Monday to Friday between 9.30 am – 4.30 pm; Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. All visitors are allowed free entry. To contact, dial 021 809 1200 email [email protected]

  1. Leeu Estates

This is located in Franschhoek. It offers the view of the Dassenberg mountains. The encompassing flower gardens on this wine farm with 68 hectares are, most times, of interest to guests. Here, you can take a tour round to see the oak trees, evergreens, and azaleas. There is also the country herb, vegetable garden, and Bokkie garden for your pleasure.

To have an experience in this great garden, please book a Garden and Art Tour with your preferred delicacy at the culmination. Contact Leeu Estates to schedule a time outside of the Garden and Art Tours. 

Garden and Art Tour followed by tea and scones, 10 am and 11 am

Garden and Art Tour followed by a traditional afternoon tea, 2 pm and 3 pm

Garden and Art Tour followed by a picnic, 12 pm and 1 pm

It is free to walk around. However, visitors are expected to inform Leeu Estates ahead that they will be coming. 

R150, Garden and Art Tour followed by tea and scones

R250, Garden and Art Tour followed by a traditional afternoon tea

R410, Garden and Art Tour followed by a picnic

To contact, dial 021 492 2222 email [email protected]

  1. Durbanville Rose Garden

Get lost in the rose bushes that welcome you here in Durbanville. It’s a pleasant experience in this garden that has over 500 different species of rose. It is definitely a visitor/tourist’s delight.

Visitors are always welcome mostly in October until May to witness the flowers in their bloom. And there are charity organizations voluntarily providing tea for visitors every Sunday.

Access to this park is absolutely free 24/7 but, due to its popularity for summer weddings, a great time to visit is weekdays.

The Durbanville Rose Garden opens every day 7 am – 6 pm. 

For enquiries, you can call their support centre number: 021 948 8717.

The amazing parks and gardens in Cape Town make an inexhaustible list. But this guide takes away the indecision and chooses the quintessential places from the lot. Your getaway awaits you. Make sure to have fun.

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