Though it is tempting to stay indoors this Winter, make it a priority to step outside every once in a while for a change in scenery and to practice mindfulness.
Cape Town boasts some of the most delightful outdoor sanctuaries, perfect for checking in with nature, enjoying art, and raising the odds of experiencing pure wonder.
Here are our recommendations for the best GARDENS to visit this weekend.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Considered one of the Top 5 gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch is arguably one of the most magnificent natural gems of the Mother City.
Renowned for romantic picnics and open air concerts, it's a nature-lovers paradise with a multitude of hiking paths, shaded streams, and a diversity of greenery worth scheduling a full day to explore.
Enter their #mywinterwonders photography competition now to win free entrance, and enjoy a walk on the famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk “Boomslang” (Tree Snake).
If you’re looking for a restful and gentle escape from everyday life or feeling up to a challenging hike, Newlands forest can offer both at no cost.
Take some time this weekend for a fun family day, a long stroll with friends, or just a quick walk with the dogs. Considered a moderately challenging route, stop along your path to catch a glimpse of exquisite views across the city centre, all the way to Blouberg.
DURBANVILLE ROSE GARDEN
Gardens are excellent refuge for those seeking sanctuary from the stressors of modern life.
The beautiful and flourishing Durbanville Rose Garden houses up to 6000 rose bushes, with a variety of 500 species. Visit the garden and spend some time relaxing on the benches provided, or marvel at the spectacular garden portraying beds of young roses, blooming roses, hybrid teas, floribundas and shrubs.
Grab a garden guide at the entrance to help you understand the different families and types of roses while you walk along the trails.
References: SA Venues. https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/smell-the-roses/