Top Spots To View The Jacarandas


Nothing says home quite like the Jacarandas. They are an integral part of Joburg summers and with the blossoms in season between October and November, now is the perfect time to head out to observe them. Take a second to listen to the cicadas humming as the heat rises off the streets which are coated in flowers that the bees fly lazily between. 

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Now if you’d like to indulge in a little bit of my nostalgia I can recommend five places to view these wondrous trees in all their glory

Melville Koppies

Obviously. With rolling views, you’ll be able to see the purple blanket that adorns Joburg dons in summer. In life, it’s Though it’s not the highest location, it definitely does the job. The Koppies also offer a lot more besides, with athe indigenous flora currently in bloom. Stop in at sunrise for an unforgettable experience. If you wish, you can even bring your dogs for a walk. There are a number of pathways to explore.

Observatory Ridge

The highest point in Joburg which looks out on Northcliff water tower and offers a view of the sprawling expanse of our beautiful city. For those of you who didn’t know (myself included), there is also a commemorative British Indian Army monument that was erected over 100 years ago.

Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff

If hiking isn’t your scene, then why not opt for the posh view from the Westcliff.  High tea at Four Seasons Hotel is and unforgettable experience offering a decadent sweet and savoury smorgasbord plus stunning views from the Westcliff ridge. You’ll be able to take in the Jacarandas from a position of complete luxury – with a plate of Petit Fours in hand. To walk off the calories, take your car around to the top of the Westcliff steps and give it a jog up and down!

Carlton Centre

Once the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere the Carlton Centre offers a 360 degree panoramic view from the 50th story. Just R15 will get you to right to top to The Top of Africa viewing deck from where you will be able to view all things purple and  Jacaranda.

Rosebank

Lastly I would recommend Tyrwhitt avenue in Rosebank. Swap your car for a stroll down this Jacaranda lined street. The incredible purple canopy makes it feel as though you are in a magical world ,whilst you cracking the oyster shaped pods beneath the soles of your shoes.

Despite the fact that they’re now considered invasive and can no longer be planted, Jacarandas do generally have a 200-year lifespan, meaning that we’ll be able to view them for a long time yet. So get your camera ready and head out for some violet adventures.

By Samantha Snedorf

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