Summer to winter
First established in 1886 by Joseph Storr Lister, Chief conservator of forests for the Cape Colony. The idea behind the arboretum was to see what trees from around the world would grow and flourish in this area. Now hundreds of species reside here including Californian redwoods and Oaks of various ages.
It is an ideal family location to bring family and enjoy a stroll through the park. For the more energetic, the Elephants Eye hiking trail is more suitable. Mountain biking is popular here too with a varied terrain to ride through challenging riders at different levels.
There is a tea room where guests can sit and relax in this peaceful environment. The visitors centre has more information about adventure guides and activities in the area and an organic market is very popular to visit on Saturdays at the neighbouring Porter Estate.
Venue: Tokai Arboretum, Tokai Road, Tokai, Constantia Valley, Cape Town
Time: 8am – 5pm (winter) | 7am – 6pm (summer)
Cost: R22 (vehicle) | R25 | R15
Tel: 021 712-7471
Website: Tokai Arboretum