The world we live in is absolutely stunning. From gorgeous valleys to ravishing mountain tops, to splendid beaches and stunning forests, our earth is marvelous. Set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town is a mountain known as Kirstenbosch. It is the first botanic garden in the world to be apart of the World Heritage Site. This marvelous garden was founded in 1913 and it is over 36 acres in size. For, the 100th anniversary of this treasured land, the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway was established. It took 2 years to build and it finally opened to the public in May of 2014. The walkway features 427 feet of sightseeing and stands 39 feet above ground, well above the trees. Needless to say, it is an absolutely breathtaking sight through out every angle on the walkway.
This stunning walkway only touches the forest floor in two places and allows visitors to see the forest from a completely divine view.
The main structure pieces were pre-fabricated in 18 foot length sections that were hoisted up by crane and bolted together on site.
This allowed for the least amount of destruction to the beloved gardens below.
Every 40 feet apart, there are concrete pads that have been hand dug as part of the foundation that supports the giant steel columns holding the walkway in place.
The decking is a stained and treated, slatted pine.
The walkway was inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang’ which means tree snake.
It is more than just a traditional walkway though, like a snake, it winds and dips.
Along the walk way there are benches situated allowing you to take in the panoramic views.
The park does a variety of toured walks along the walkway through the year too.
Each is guided by a professional, allowing you to learn about the different flowers, plants, and trees in the area.
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If you are ever planning on making a trip to South Africa’s Cape Town, make sure to include the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway on your to-do list. I don’t think you will be disappointed in the slightest bit.