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Best Parks in Cape Town

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The Company's Garden

A historic public garden, The Company's Garden has seen several changes, much like the city of Cape Town itself, from the time of its original foundation. Originally established by the Dutch in 1652, they used it as a station to supply and stock provisions to ships sailing to the East. Maintained by the Dutch East India Company till 1795, when the garden fell into ruins as the company dissolved into bankruptcy. Following years saw further changes by the British and finally, it was taken over by the Municipality in 1892 and opened to the public six years later. Due to its historic nature, as well as the natural beauty, the gardens are a major cultural landmark as they house institutions like the Parliament Houses, Iziko Museum, Great Synagogue and Tuynhuys amongst others. A lovely place to spend a day visiting the sites, or just relaxing amongst the greenery. Kids will love the lovely pond and aviary and the local crafts along the main avenue.

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The Green Point Urban Park

The Green Point Urban Park surrounds the international soccer stadium in Cape Town. The plans for its construction came into motion in 2008, and the urban space was finally open to public in 2011. Utilized by the residents around the area, the park is one of the best community spaces in the area. Amenities include a fitness area, a platform for performing arts, a picnic spot for families, bike paths and beautiful trails running along the creek. Guided tours of the park are offered for a small price.

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De Waal Park

Established in the late 19th century, the De Waal Park lies in Oranjezicht and is renowned for the numerous species of trees that have taken seed there. It is a popular playground for both children and has a special area designated for walking and playing with dogs. An organization known as the Friends of De Waal Park works effortlessly to maintain the area, and create a space for arts and culture. The park's bandstand, which was constructed in the early 20th Century, is host to various kinds of concerts that are held for the public benefit.

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Table Mountain National Park

The Table Mountain National Park was demarcated as a protected zone in 1998. The Table Mountain is populated by a rare form of shrubland known as Fynbos. The South African National Park is also a part of UNESCO’s Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope are the two famous landmarks of the area. The park is home to a vibrant variety of wildlife, especially larger animals like leopards, black rhinoceros and bontebok.

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Arderne Gardens

The Arderne Gardens sprawl by the Main Road of Claremont in Cape Town, South Africa. It was founded in the mid 19th-century by Ralph Arderne, a timber trader. His exotic collection included the magnificent Norfolk Island Pine. In the 1920s, the garden was rescued from certain doom by the Municipality’s Parks and Gardens division. It is famous for its Champion Trees; the largest in South Africa. The garden is also popular as a spot for wedding photography.

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Wynberg Park

The Wynberg Park is one of the many green spaces which the people of Cape Town visit to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It was legally established in 1902 in honor of King Edward's coronation, and was even originally named after him. The park covers an area of 22 hectares (54 acres), and while sections are beautifully cultivated into rolling lawns, water canals and rose gardens, other parts retain the wild chaotic beauty that was created during a period of negligence. It is here that the Krakeelwater river springs forth into existence.

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