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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  • Said to have been established in 1849 as an experimental station for tropical crops these gardens still keep a certain Victorian-like touch. Quite nice for a peaceful stroll under the numerous cycad....  more »
  • This is probably the highlight of our bus tour of town as the gardens are safe, not easy to find in this sketchy city, and the landscaping is tropical and lovely. A very nice walk around with lots...  more »
  • The new promenade at Ushaka opened in December. Really nice walk/cycle option. Vendors on the promenade a beautiful addition to the exciting g Ushaka marine world  more »
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  • Beautiful well kept gardens with lovely bird life. There are so many Egyptian geese there this time of year. There are many gorgeous spots to have a picnic and benches all around. I like going there. There is a nice tea room that sells sandwiches and scones. Not enough parking though.
  • Visited the Durban botanical gardens for the Christmas trail of lights show 2018. A really fun event. Excellent for kids. A beautiful trial of lights and fairytale themes displays. Loads of food Stalls and good entertainment from the band. A really lovely place for family pictures.
  • This place has a special place in my heart! I grew up studying and loving the plants in this garden. It’s South Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. This was an experiment to understand what could grow in Durban and now it’s a marvel in Durban. Plan a day if in the area, this is a family friendly park, bring a blanket and comfy shoes. These pictures were taken over Christmas, the botanic gardens host a light show and live music, a Wonderful family event. (Sorry about the quality of the photos)
  • The walk through the park was an enjoyable experience worth remembering. The plants were clearly marked. They were organised logically according to their type or ecosystem. The gardens were clean and well taken care of. The security was visible at all times. All these for free entry. I recommend it for all plant lovers out there.
  • Our adventure to the Gardens was to experience the Trail of Lights. We were astounded at the magnitude of the event. Quite aside from the simply magnificent Christmas lights, there was a well represented food market, accompanied by live music. The atmosphere was simply out of this world. The creative genius at play in the light show made for a truly memorable occasion. And the magnitude of the show meant you got a full workout just to see all the Gardens had to offer. The staff were great and there were easily accessible toilets. Definitely and event to put on this year's calendar.

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