Upper Liesbeek River Garden

The Liesbeek River as you don’t often see it

I can’t remember who told me about this but it’s a hidden treasure. Next time you’re driving along the M3 in the direction of the CBD from the south, look on the left after Bishopscourt but before Paradise Road and you’ll see an open piece of grass. You can’t see what’s behind, or rather below, it but there is something very special.

Aside from it being the only section of the Liesbeek River that is not canalised, there is a magical public garden filled with beautiful indigenous plants, several steep paths, a wheelchair friendly path, benches and tables for a picnic or a quiet moment.

Look at those clivias! Clumps of them everywhere.

The most amazing thing about this garden is that it is a residents’ initiative. Locals look after it, pay for most of  it, employ people to work in it, and they are doing a very good job of it. Okay, so it’s a very wealthy suburb and they can afford it but they didn’t have to do it, although it certainly makes the surrounding houses worth a heck of a lot more than the ones 2 blocks away.

Paths, benches, lots of shade… tranquility.

We popped in there today on our way to a proper walk. This is not considered a proper walk because dogs have to stay on a lead, but I wanted to have a look and take a few photos.

It was looking stunning and there were small children playing in the river – you don’t see that often in the suburbs.

Read more about it here and make a point of going to have a look.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

2 responses to “Upper Liesbeek River Garden

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