The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang’ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.
The Walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.
The walkway is built in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, opened in 1913 and the first botanical garden dedicated to a country’s indigenous flora. The path itself is narrow and slender, and 130 meters long. It touches ground twice and can rise up to 12 meters. It’s not all just snaking around – it also has a few observation areas. And as you might understand, it’s not all above trees – part of it very naturally and unobtrusively descents between the trees, so that the visitors could admire the tree canopy up close.
Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway Allows You to Walk Above the Trees: