Tokai Forest Arboretum

The Tokai Forest Arboretum is situated on the slopes of Constantiaberg and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

This is a experimental forest that was planted by Joseph Storr Lister in 1886 with the aim to research and understand the economic viability of which plants will be able to grow in South Africa.

The arboretum is home to more than 150 tree species, including pine, oak, eucalyptus and Californian coast redwoods, to be seen. (An arboretum is a collection of trees.)

Tokai Forest Arboretum

Activities include birdwatching, walking, mountain biking and mushroom collecting (It is important that you leave the mushroom collecting to people that know which are edible!)

The information office will provide you with a map and you can plan a walk according to the fitness of your family.
Animals that can be seen, include dassie and baboon.

Tokai Forest Arboretum

No picknicking is allowed in the forest, but the tearoom, Lister's Place, offers refreshments.

Lister's Place at the Tokai Forest Arboretum

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t: +27 (0)21 712 7471


April - September: 08:00 - 17:00
October - March: 07:00 - 18:00


Tokai Plantation can be reached by taking the M3 from Cape Town, and after about 20 km take the Tokai offramp and turn right into Tokai road.

Follow straight along this road for a few km, passing through a traffic circle and eventually meeting a T-junction in front of the Manor House.

Turn left and follow the dirt road a few hundred metres to the Arboretum.

Tokai Forest Arboretum

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