Cape Town's Ubuntu Tree

Landmarks / National Monuments in or near Gardens, City Bowl in Cape Town, South Africa.

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsCape Town's Ubuntu Tree

Where? 99 Kloof Street, Gardens, City Bowl, Cape Town

Overnight? Stay in Gardens, in Western Cape

Also known as Nokuphila, which means 'place of the healing mother, where people gather for health and wellness' in Xhosa, Cape Town's Ubuntu Tree lies just off Kloof Street in the city bowl.

The landmark tree is endowed with magical and spiritual healing properties - not difficult to imagine given the sprawling health of the old Banyan fig tree that is believed to be over 400 years old. It's rather telling that today it finds itself in the courtyard of a wellness and health centre.

Nokuphila, together with trees alongside it, originally stood on the borders of a dam fed by the waters of Camissa, the water that ran off the mountain (Camissa was the ancient Khoi word for Cape Town - place of sweet waters). Locals and visitors would congregate here to collect fresh water, so it has always been a place of meeting.

It is not the only historical tree in Cape Town. Others include the saffron pear tree, a 350-year-old tree in the Company's Garden, the Treaty Tree in Woodstock alongside Treaty House (although the house no longer exists) under which a treaty was signed in 1806, and the Slave Tree in spin Street, now on a traffic island opposite De Groote Kerk where slaves were auctioned.

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