Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway promises spectacular views

24 January 2014

Treetop walkway

Work on the Treetop Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has been progressing steadily over the past few months and is expected to be complete by March 2014. It had been hoped the walkway would be ready earlier, but unfortunately delays with the initial engineering tests and specifications meant that it is taking longer to complete.

The crescent-shaped walkway is situated in the Arboretum (Enchanted Forest) which is nestled below the Protea Garden, above the Dell and above the Concert Stage Lawn. It joins the forest floor in two places.

The ‘boomslang’, as it is affectionately known, will give visitors the opportunity to experience the forest from high above the ground and see birds and other animals that are otherwise difficult to spot. Curving between the trees and through branches, the 130 m-long galvanised steel structure was constructed to mark Kirstenbosch’s centenary in 2013.

Treetop walkway

“One can experience tree dynamics - how the treetops move in the wind and how the crowns of the trees interact with one another. The walkway then bursts through and above the canopy, giving you an impression of what it is like to be above the forest. At this point, the walkway provides spectacular 360 degree vistas comprising Cape Town and the surrounding majestic mountain slopes,” says Kirstenbosch botanical horticulturist Adam Harrower.

When the project is complete visitors will be able to enjoy the breathtaking walkway for free after a Garden entrance fee has been paid.

See photogallery of images of walkway under construction

Below is a link to a dropbox folder of hi-res images of the walkway.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l7rziquvtkko8rh/DZc5K4DcGO

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Comments

Submitted by Victor Cornelius at 31/05/2014 - 13:12
Really fascinating. Will definitely visit. Kirstenbosch is always "TOPS' in boosting our tourism industry. Well done and 'Thank You'
Submitted by Lauren Pouw at 18/02/2014 - 8:24
I was really hoping that The walkway would be open to the public in March as I will be coming to Cape Town for a 3week holiday all the way from the Netherlands. Would have been a great experience! Will you keep us updated about the opening date?
Submitted by website manager at 17/02/2014 - 11:51
Responses to queries below: Henry Fagan is the structural engineer. Architect is Mark Thomas Yes the walkway is accessible to wheelchairs, but the Arboretum, where the walkway is located, is situated quite high in the Garden, so wheelchair users will need assistance to negotiate steep gradients to get to the walkway. Will it be open at the easter weekend? The grand opening date has not yet been finalised, but we hope that it will be accessible by the Easter weekend
Submitted by Noel Corkery at 17/02/2014 - 8:04
Very elegant design, can you tell us who the structural engineer was for the project?
Submitted by Stephen Twine at 14/02/2014 - 21:53
I do hope it is wheelchair friendly for the older folks too ... my father would love to see this as kirstenbosch and hiking on table mountain used to be our thing as i grew up... sigh we all age sadly enuff ... please tell me its wheelchair friendly? when is the grand opening? spotpro@gmail.com
Submitted by Bo at 13/02/2014 - 10:35
Will this walkway be accessible to wheelchair users?
Submitted by Katleho Mofolo at 10/02/2014 - 9:09
Wow! Very interesting. Remarkable.
Submitted by Dylan at 07/02/2014 - 8:17
This is just epic. I'm so looking forward to this. Yet another feather in Cape Town's tourism cap.
Submitted by Linda at 03/02/2014 - 21:43
I would like to come to the walkway the easter weekend. Will it be open? Regards Linda
Submitted by simphiwe ngwenya at 28/01/2014 - 11:43
wow nice looking forward to the walkway

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