Boomslang: a walkway between earth and sky

A new way of strolling, totally immersed in nature

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By Leu

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Let’s discover the beautiful sky-walk designed by Mark Thomas and Henry Fagan for the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens.

The National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch is a renowned botanical garden located at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the nine national botanical gardens in the country and is managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The National Botanic Gardens of Kirstenbosch in Cape Town have recently seen the inauguration of a fantastic timber walkway, designed in 2013 to mark the centenary of the biggest botanic gardens in the world.

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Spun originally from an idea of architect Mark Thomas and engineer Henry Fagan, this tree-top walkway camouflages brilliantly within the landscape allowing an exhilarating walk at 12 meter above ground and offering a magnificent overview of the surrounding botanic gardens.

boomslang walkway

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The name “Boomslang” come from an African snake that was the source of inspiration for the project. The structure of the walkway recalls in fact the skeleton of a snake whose spine is built in tubular galvanised steel. Handrail and floor are instead built with timber.

boomslang walkway

For more information on the Boomslang Walkway, check out the original website!

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