update (12 May 2014): The tree-top canopy walkway in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden should be finished and open to visitors in late May or early June 2014. It was expected to be finished earlier, but there were delays and difficulties during construction and the carpentry has taken longer than anticipated.
update (17 April 2014): Due to delays and difficulties during construction, the tree-top canopy walkway in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden should be finished and open to visitors in early May 2014.
A new tree-top canopy walkway is expected to open in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town in March 2014. 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. Curving between the approx. 450 indigenous trees and through branches, the 130 m-long galvanised steel structure was constructed to mark Kirstenbosch's centenary in 2013. The walkway, which joins the forest floor in two places, provides spectacular 360-degree views of Cape Town and the city’s mountain slopes. The "boomslang", as it is affectionately known, is 11 meters above the ground. When the project is complete visitors will be able to enjoy the breathtaking walkway for free after a Garden entrance fee has been paid. Click here for a photogallery of images of the walkway under construction.