Beautiful Botanical Gardens to visit in South Africa
What better way is there to celebrate the remnants of summer shifting to Autumn than a trip to your local Botanical Garden? Every botanical garden in South Africa contributes something unique to our country’s biodiversity and here follows some of the best places to see it.
Durban Botanic Gardens – Kwazulu-Natal
As one of Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens, the Durban Botanic Gardens features a unique variety of indigenous and exotic plant collections as well as over 80 heritage trees. Visitors should treat themselves to a tour through the Orchid House which holds a magnificent collection of orchids, a colourful feast to the eye.
The entrance is free.*
Lowveld National Botanical Gardens – Mpumalanga
Although Mpumalanga has an abundance of glorious attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, however, should not be overlooked. Blessed with frequent rainfall, this garden is a green glory with no less than 2 000 species of plants and the biggest collection of cycads in Africa.
The Crocodile River flows through this Botanical Garden where it meets the Nels River and descends into a waterfall, yet another thing Mpumalanga is famous for.
Entrance fee is R24 per adult, R12 for students, children and pensioners.*
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
This garden has garnered the reputation as being one of Africa’s most beautiful botanical gardens, even rivalling some of those in other countries. It was in fact the first Botanical Garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. Set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, this garden is not only a thriving ground for plant species but also a haven for a variety of birds and animals.
Entrance fee is R55 per adult, R30 for SA Students with card, R15 for children (6-17 years)*
Pretoria Botanical Gardens
This is the best place to bring your family to witness the gorgeous annual white butterfly migration; only one of the things that makes this garden so special. Although set in the middle of the city, many eagles and falcons have found this thriving garden a peaceful place to build their nests. Amongst the vast variety of plant and tree species, visitors might just catch a glimpse of a duiker or mongoose or, if they’re lucky, one of the bushbabies.
Adults R20, students R12, children R7, children under six free. South African senior citizens enter free on Tuesdays.*
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