Not long before the streets of Joburg’s Parks region are covered in canopies of purple

Westcliff tours with Parktown Heritage Tours

Yes .. it’s jacaranda time again and already some of the trees along the streets of the older suburbs of the Joburg have a purplish tinge to them.   My weekly walks in Westcliff  offer glorious views from the top of the famous ‘Westcliff steps’,  so loved by mountaineers training for climbing ‘Killi’.   (My aspirations are a little less ambitious!)  And these views will become even more spectacular over the next few weeks with the jacarandas coming out in bloom.


Make the most of this with 2 walks offered by the Parktown Heritage Trust. On 27th October there is a walking tour through Westcliff which will include old houses like Ye Rokkes,  Dunreath designed by Baker and Fleming,  Ferryvale and the partly modernized Cranborne home of famous Sir Frederick Spencer Lister,  the famous medical researcher. Meet the tour leaders Clare Eisenstein and Deanna Kirby at 54 Valley Rd at 2pm on Saturday 27th Oct.

On the 10th November there is a further treat in store with another tour starting at the Ridge School, proceeding to Glenshiel,  down Pallinghurst Rd past the Hope Home with its amazing views over the Zoo Lake and back up the hill to The Stables and The Tree House. So it promises to be an afternoon of  ‘ lots of jacarandas, fascinating architecture and important pioneering personalities’ .  Meet tour leaders Janet Hughes and Raymond Cardoso at the Ridge School at 2 pm.

You can book through Computicket and for more information contact the Heritage Trust office on 011 482- 3349.


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2 thoughts on “Not long before the streets of Joburg’s Parks region are covered in canopies of purple

  1. Wonder if anyone knows why so many jacarandas didn’t bloom this year. Seems the went straight to the leaf stage with no or few flowers.

  2. Also noticed this. I presumed it was the serious hail storm we had in September (?). I have a camphor tree over the swimming pool which causes havoc every Sept and October shedding leaves and small twigs. This year the hail seemed to strip the tree in one go and after that storm there was no more shedding. Amazing how there is always a positive flip-side to nature’s damage or bad weather patterns. Definitely less dramatic jacarandas this season.

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