A large park which merges with the rugby fields of Rondebosch Boys School and the cricket grounds and tennis courts of WPCC, Keurboom Park is a safe and clean natural space, with a strong focus on conservation of plants and animals. Popular with dog walkers, it is also very child-friendly, with a number of playgrounds and a small skateboarding area.
Loction: Squirrels way, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins, hence the name of “Springfield” convent and school that is situated below the park.
The park is visited throughout the year for its conifer garden, and in summer boasts an attractive display of hydrangeas. Higher up, visitors are able to see vestiges of silvertrees, which were once so prevalent in the area. Ideal for walking dogs on leashes and enjoying picnics and braais.
The city’s Come and Play teams offer extreme sports demonstrations, games, stage activities and fun activities for smaller children. Summer concerts and fun days are held annually.
Venue: cnr Klaassens and Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg
Time: 7am – 6pm (daily)
Nantes Park is a large public space ideal for picnics, leisurely walks, playing sport and skateboarding.
The Vygekraal River, that runs through the natural park, plays a role in adding to the character and charm of Nantes Park. It forms part of a broader network of river greenbelts that serves the Athlone, Kewtown, Vanguard Estate and Heideveld communities.
The skateboard and BMX area is popular with local youth, and Nantes Park is one of five sites at which the City Parks Department hosted tree planting ceremonies in December 2013, to honour the late Nelson Mandela. The tree species planted include olive, assegai and ficus, which symbolise Madiba’s qualities. The City maintains the park with help from the surrounding community. Both are committed to providing surrounding residents with a clean, safe and beautiful environment.
After much consultation with the community, the City Parks Department appointed an architect to compile a plan for the upgrade to Nantes Park. The upgraded park now includes an open-air amphitheatre, a pedestrian bridge, skateboard and BMX area, a tea room, two children’s play parks, an outdoor gym, and walkways.
Venue: Appledene Road, Bridgetown, Athlone
Time: Sunrise to sunset
Tel: 021 637 8836
Website: Nantes Park
Rondebosch Common has a long history as an open space for public use.
Time: 8am to 6pm (daily)
The garden has the most diverse and valuable collections of exotic trees in South Africa. It includes one of the largest trees in South Africa; the vast Moreton Bay Fig and quite possibly the largest Aleppo Pine in the world. These trees, along with four others, were proudly designated Champion Trees in 2008 and the Arderne Gardens was declared a South African Provincial Heritage Site.
Venue: 222 Main Rd, Claremont
Time: 8am – 6pm
For a fun day out, school tours, family picnics, children’s birthday parties, outdoor exercise, romantic walks and healthy activities; this is the natural place to get some fresh air and be social. This carefully landscaped urban park is composed of a rich variety of flora indigenous to the Cape, and offers the only Biodiversity Showcase Garden of its kind, featuring 25 000 indigenous plants, trees, shrubs, bulbs and ground covers consisting of 300 different plant species.
Tea house, two playparks – one for toddlers and one for older children, a meditation labyrinth, trees, picnic areas, ponds, streams and more.
Venue: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point
Time: 7am – 7pm (daily)
What was once a refreshment station to supply fresh produce for European sailors is now a public garden, set picturesquely against the backdrop of Table Mountain. It is home to some of South Africa’s most historic and important institutions, including South African Parliament, Iziko South African Museum & Planetarium, the National Gallery, the Great Synagogue and St George’s Cathedral.
To learn more, book a tour with a guide such as author Suzie Joubert who will open your eyes to features and facts you never knew – the Company’s Garden’s water channels, the zoo, the herbs, and what became of the slaves who planted the seed of the City we now know as Cape Town.
Location: 19 Queen Victoria Street
Times: 7am – 6pm
Website: The Company’s Garden
Tel: 021 444 1901