Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Company's Gardens

Government Ave, cnr of Adderly St & Wale St 082-575-5669 R150

S 33 55.616 E 018 25.064

Company's Gardens, the green center of Cape Town, is what remains of the original gardens first planted by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1652 to supply passing ships with fresh fruits and vegetables. As the Cape settlement expanded and larger farms were established in the interior, the garden transformed into a botanical experiment for the rising colonial elite. It is a beautiful setting for a picnic or for a quiet stroll and is surrounded by several other important Cape Town landmarks including the National Library, the Tuynhus (or Presidential residence), Houses of Parliament, and the National Gallery. The main path through the Gardens is Government Avenue, which you can access via entrances at the corner of Adderly Street & Wale Street, along Queen Victoria Street and on Museum Street near the South African Museum and Planetarium. Self-guided tours and maps of the gardens are available online at:, but advance study is not necessary to enjoy the scenery.

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