Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Outside of Cape Town lies the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a large spread of native South African flowers that covers the lower east side of Table Mountain National Park. Nice trails take you through the different species of flora and signs explain the rare and distinct fynbos which means 'fine bush' in Afrikaans. These flowers dot the landscape of the Cape Peninsula and many are only found in the Western Cape region. The pincushion flowers were my favorite, in several colors and great names like scarlet ribbon which perfectly described its petals. Kirstenbosch was the first botanical garden to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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