The 128-metre-long Boomslang Aerial Walkway is set to be completed and opened to the public at the end of February 2014.
Kirstenbosch curator Philip Leroux said the new attraction will allow visitors to experience the Botanical
Gardens from the tree tops of about 450 of South Africa’s 1 000 indigenous species.
“The Concept will allow you to experience the gardens from canopy height. Starting from ground level, it winds its way up to the top of the trees, allowing for spectacular views of Castle Rock, the eastern slopes of Table Mountain all the way across the Cape Flats and Southern Suburbs to the Hottentots Holland Mountain.”
The walkway will peak at about 11.5m above the ground. Leroux explained 12 foundations were carefully laid for the installation of 12 towers, set about 6m apart. The metal structures making up the walkway were built off site and will connect macramé-style. These are now being added, along with the slatted timber walking surface and hand rails.
Kirstenbosch is one of nine parks managed by the South African National Bio Diversity Institute
but it is the only park that will have this sort of walkway installed. “The idea has been in the making for a number of years and has been made possible due a donation made by Mary Mullins, along with other bequests to the park,” Leroux said.