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Jackie is passionate about plants and gardens! Hence, she has developed a repertoire of beautiful gardens which may be visited – both in the public and private sphere.

The one public garden which cannot be missed is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which sports a collection of roughly a third of the plants of Southern African origin.

Thus, the emphasis is largely on indigenous plants in Southern Africa as well as plants belonging to the Cape Floral Kingdom, also known as Fynbos (translated as Fine Leafed Bush). The Proteacea Family, as well as Ericas or Heath varieties, Restios or Reeds, bulbs,  succulents and many more are represented in the unique Fynbos realm. Many of these plants have medicinal properties which have been known and exploited for centuries.

The gardens are laid out on the sloping rear of Table Mountain – land which was bequeathed to the nation when Cecil John Rhodes (erstwhile Prime Minister of the Cape Colony and founder of De Beers diamonds) died in 1902. The views accross the Cape Flats were the favourite of Rhodes.

The hard landscaping, held in place by a series of sweeping terraces, is divided into several sections, very effectively showcasing such diverse specimens as succulents, cycads, seasonal spring daisies, a braille trail, a scented garden, endangered plants, useful plants, medicinal plants, proteas, waterwise gardening examples etc.

The gardens  may be visited on foot or by Golf Cart for those with walking difficulties.

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Cape of Good Hope and Diaz Beach as viewed from Cape Point – Cape of Good Hope is the most South Westerley point of the African Continent.

The virtual tour which follows features:

  • Clifton Beaches
  • Trendy Camps Bay beach front with it’s many restaurants and bars not to mention mesmerising sunsets.
  • Llandudno off Victoria Road – surfers paradise
  • Boat ride to see Seals on Duiker Island off the Hout Bay coastline
  • Being welcomed back at the Quayside by the Cape Minstrels
  • Views of Hout Bay Mountains from Chapmans Peak Drive
  • Long Beach Noordhoek – this is where part of “Ryan’s Daughter” was filmed featuring Robert Mitchum & Sarah Miles. This beach depicted the coast of Ireland.
  • Cape Point Ostrich Farm
  • The commanding light house at Cape Point erected in 1860.
  • Cape of Good Hope geographic co-ordinates where many guests like to have their pictures taken.
  • Ostriches parading in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Other wildlife which may be spotted here are Eland (the largest Antelope in SA), Bontebok (nearly hunted to the brink of extinction and only found in the Cape Floral Kingdom Region), Cape Mountain Zebra, Hartebees, Cape Clawless Otter, Karakal (Lynx) as well as over 160 species of birds and of course the ever mischevious Chacma Baboons.
  • Mainland African Penguin Colony near Simon’s Town Naval Base.
  • Boulders Beach
  • Optional Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens boasting a comprehensive display of  roughly a third of Southern African plant species. Buggy rides for those with walking diffuculty are easily arranged.

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