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Durban Botanic Gardens, Durban

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The oldest botanical garden in Africa, Durban Botanic Gardens was founded in 1851 and features a scenic 15 hectare (37 acre) park, dotted with thousands of trees and plants, both indigenous to South Africa and from other parts of the world. The park boasts a substantial plant collection, especially cycads, orchids, and palm trees. Bask in the tranquil atmosphere as you roam the picturesque garden paths, admire the well-kept lawns, go bird-watching, or have a picnic in the shade. Plan your visit to Durban Botanic Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Durban road trip tool.
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  • On our one day visit to Durban we visited the Durban Botanic Gardens and as we had limited time we did a guided tour of the Gardens with Vishnu as our guide and driver (he drove us around the gardens....  more
    On our one day visit to Durban we visited the Durban Botanic Gardens and as we had limited time we did a guided tour of the Gardens with Vishnu as our guide and driver (he drove us around the gardens....  more »
  • We went to check out the botanical garden on a Sunday and it turned out to be the highlight of our day. So refreshing and interesting - highly recommend going for the 30 minute guided tour on the... 
    We went to check out the botanical garden on a Sunday and it turned out to be the highlight of our day. So refreshing and interesting - highly recommend going for the 30 minute guided tour on the...  more »
  • The gardens are wonderful. Filled with indigenous vegetation and many plant varieties that we did not know existed. 
    The gardens are wonderful. Filled with indigenous vegetation and many plant varieties that we did not know existed.  more »
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  • Amazing place for taking a walk, sitting down on the grass on a blanket, having a picnic, or practicing nature photography. There are quite a few bird species that can be observed by bird-lovers, especially near the pond inside the gardens. The area is kept neat and clean, and it is safe to walk around. You can also find places to buy water, soft drinks, coffee and ice-cream. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Durban for a chilled weekend!
  • Thank you to the organizers and staff for such an amazing and beautiful set up at the Trail of Lights😊. Everything looked so picturesque and this year a lot of innovation and creativity was put into the theme. Definitely not to be missed in 2023. We had so much fun and it indeed brought out the kid in me🥰
  • We visit here often and always have an incredible time. It's a scenic, safe and peaceful walk through. Definitely a place to take in nature. The most enjoyable time to visit is around Christmas when the Trail of Lights begin.
  • Durban Botanic Gardens (est 1849), is the most enjoyable place to relax. Neat and clean, enjoy a picnic lunch on their sprawling lawns or on the lake edge, feed the ducks or fish or just enjoy a quite spot to catch up on your favorite novel. Tea garden and restaurant on site both with tasty eats. Conference venue available. Saturday is a day to watch all the newly weds photos shoots. A must is to buy yourself that special large coffee and take a guide tour on a golf cart which I recently did, and been there many times before, this was a new look at the gardens, it open a new side, the guide was very informative, you get to see one of the most expensive trees in the world's which is under 24 hours surveillance with cameras and security and a must view is the kissing tree. There are also live concerts held at the lake. Plenty of secure parking, with clean facilities. My favorite time to visit is early in the week, when the park is quite as if I have it all to my self. Enjoy with good company or a quite place for some alone time. A must visit when in Durban.
  • A pleasant, peaceful, and quiet place. Perfect for picnics, morning/evening walks, or reading a book. This garden also has a good coffee shop, and can also host events such as weddings or parties. The garden is well maintained and always kept neat. Entrance is free, and staff are always friendly.

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