The Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway Hot

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Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves
Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves
Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves
Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves
Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves
Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves

The "Boomslang" is a tree canopy walkway up in the tree tops where you can experience the trees like the birds do. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the Gardens, and over the Cape Flats to the mountains beyond.

The raised tree canopy walkway winds and dips its way through and over the trees. It is a steel and timber structure, 130m long. It is 11.5m at its highest point, yet it starts at ground level and has a very gentle gradient thoughout its crescent shape.

Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves

Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves

Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called 'The Boomslang' (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.

Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves 

Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway | Kirstenbosch | ©Arne Purves

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Early morning is a great time to capture the sunrise from the walkway
Type of Photography
Landscape Photography
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Explore the angles of the walkway and how they interact with their natural surroundings.
Recommended Gear
A monopod is useful for getting elevated shots, otherwise a tripod is a must.

Highlights

Site Highlights
Great views over the Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Cape Flats.
It is accessable by wheelchair.

Footnotes

Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Guided Walks
  • Walking trails

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Kirstenbosch lies 13 km from Cape Town's city centre, well signposted on all major roads. From the city, take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the Rhodes Drive (M63) traffic light intersection turn right (west/towards the mountain) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch. Free parking is available at Gates 1, 2 and 3.

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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.