Kirstenbosch Treetop Walkway

South Africa



The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang’ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low impact sculptural raised walkway.

The main spine of the walkway is constructed from a galvanized tubular steel frame, with welded ribs and a light mesh giving the cross bracing, allowing the whole form to act as a bridge-spanning beam. Continuous shaped timber handrails ensure the safety of the visitor. The decking is stained, treated, slatted pine, placed on edge and spaced to accommodate the walkway’s curves.

Project Details

Mark Thomas Architects
Henry Fagan & Partners
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