I knew I wanted to spend some time connecting with my love at a place where we once fell in love. I wanted to spend the day at Kirstenbosch, just like back in the day when our only concern was not seeing each other enough.
However, I’m someone who likes to be prepared and dammit it can be exhausting at times. So instead of going to the shop and buying three 2 litre cokes, we went to Kirstenbosch with nothing but sunglasses and cash.
We were guided to the second entrance and I was surprised to find a line at the entrance on a random, cloudy Saturday morning. We were going to have brunch at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room but again found a line of people waiting to be seated so we gave up on that plan. As the clouds parted and it started to heat up, we took a stroll (with many breaks) to Moyo.
Moyo describes itself as a uniquely African dining experience which fuses warm hospitality, soulful music and a modern ambiance to create an unforgettable occasion. I once had the pleasure of attending an event at the awesome (but now closed) Moyo at Spier Wine Estate (shout out to Forest Hill!). I was never at the one in Kirstenbosch but I had an idea of what to expect.
Moyo was also busy but we were seated quickly. In the past, in the space that Moyo occupies I THINK there were two separate restaurants and a little shop that sold chips, chocolates, drinks, etc. We were seated on the far end of the action – a rather plain looking area. I stopped the waiter and asked if we were still in Moyo and he laughed and said yes.
Moyo is halaal-friendly and they had so many interesting options that it was difficult to make a decision (see menu here). I would have liked to have breakfast but we were too late. I opted for the Oudtshoorn Ostrich Nachos (R89) and hubby got the Spicy Maputo Prego Roll (R89).
I was in the holiday mode and ordered a chocolate milkshake. The nachos were great but I think I’m starting to gather that I’m not much of an ostrich fan. There was way more food than we could manage. The prego roll was really tasty and I was wishing that I ordered that instead.
The chocolate milkshake was….different. It tasted slightly sour and I wondered if it was intentionally made with fermented milk. The menu didn’t say anything so I decided to ask the waiter whether the milkshake was supposed to taste that way. He quickly took the milkshake away and brought me another one that tasted like your run of the mill chocolate milkshake. Other than that, we had a nice and relaxing lunch.
Tree Canopy Walkway aka The Boomslang
The clouds parted and things were really heating up. We walked around the gardens for a bit and started to get really thirsty.
There is a tap that you can get water from but we didn’t have a bottle so we went to buy a bottle of water at the Kirstenbosch Team Room. I was shocked at the price but only had myself to blame. R20 for a small water??? So, even if you going to be lazy by not taking anything with, at least take a bottle (even if it’s empty).
Anyway, the Boomslang walk is named after a tree snake skeleton that inspired its design. It is a short (130m), raised walkway that winds and dips and gives visitors a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, the gardens and the Cape Flats. I was keeping my eyes open for the shy boomslangs but didn’t see any this time round. The walk took less than ten minutes but was fun and a new interesting addition to the many wonders at Kirstenbosch.
Be sure to check out the Boomslang walk the next time you’re in Kirstenbosch. Also, keep in mind that to go to Moyo or do the Boomslang walk you have to pay the standard entry fee to get into the Kirstenbosch gardens. You can read more about the entry fees here: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch