Recently,  the Grade 4’s headed off to explore the wonders of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We teamed up with Cape for Kids who took us on a wonderful guided tour around the Gardens and taught us all about Centenarians.

Through exploring Kirstenbosch, the learners got to walk in the footsteps of early explorers and discover Van Riebeeck’s hedge, ancient plants and learn ways we can help to preserve them. Armed with their clipboards and notebooks, they answered questions about who founded the Garden, what our National tree is and jotted down names of some of the incredible centenarian trees we came across.

As part of our guided tour we also got to explore The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway which is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. It’s inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang’ (meaning tree snake). The Walkway took the learners from the forest floor into and through the trees and burst out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.

Kirstenbosch certainly didn’t disappoint and the Grade 4s had a superb time in one of the most spectacular gardens in the world.

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