Kirstenbosch has a fabulous new addition to the gardens, with the 130m Boomslang walkway. A world-class, beautiful wood and iron construction, the walkway gives stupendous views out across the gardens and the Southerns Suburbs.
I’m Bored was fortunate enough to see the walkway in early morning mist, and it was magical to be up above the trees, clouds above and below!
The walkway is totally safe for kids (unless they try to climb over the railings!), and has been built to very high safety standards. It meanders above the Enchanted Forest and Arboretum areas of Kirstenbosch, which are wonderful areas for children to play in their own right.
Some of the technical issues in building the walkway were the difficulty of construction in a site as ecologically sensitive as the arboretum (imagine maneuvering a mobile crane within this space!). The painting and carpentry had to be conducted high above ground level, and shaping the magnificent handrails to match the curves and undulations of the walkway was a huge task. Each handrail consists of about 15 slats of hard Padauk wood which are laminated together and molded and shaped to fit the steel railings.
The walkway is, of course, beautiful in full sun, and you can see the wonderful views provided by its elevated position.
There is no additional charge for the walkway – just the normal price of entry to Kirstenbosch (R45 for adults, R10 for children, under 6 free). This is definitely one outdoor attraction that will get the kids (and parents) away from the TV and computer games! Well done, Kirstenbosch!
Pictures in mist by I’m Bored Kids, in the sun by Adam Harrower.