KIRSTENBOSCH & CONSTANTIA TOUR
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
8km south of the city centre lies the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, covering a huge expanse of the rugged south-western slopes of the Table Mountain range. Kirstenbosch was bequeathed to the nation by mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes in 1895, and today contains more than 22 000 plants, a research unit, botanical library and nursery. Numerous paths meander through the gardens, including a Braille route for the blind, which are full of lush shrubs and 'fynbos', the Cape's indigenous floral heritage. A tearoom, coffee bar and restaurant on site. In summer time the delightful setting becomes the venue for Sunday evening open-air concerts, when picnickers relax on the lawn.
The historic Cape Dutch homestead of Groot Constantia, about half an hour's drive south from the city centre, is the oldest in the Cape and the main stopping point on the well-signposted Constantia Wine Route. Their are two excellent restaurants on site of the Manor House, and cellar tours which offers wine tasting. Other estates on the Constantia Wine Route are Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig & Steenberg.