National Botanical Gardens South Africa. South Africa’s ten National Botanical Gardens (NBGs), are managed by the SANBI Conservation Gardens & Tourism Division. The SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute) Head Office is located in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Gauteng. ‘Conservation Gardens’ is the international term for botanical gardens that include both landscaped and natural areas within their boundaries. Visit our beautiful National Botanical Gardens this holiday season!
National Botanical Gardens South Africa. Our ten national botanical gardens are: Free State, Hantam, Harold Porter, Karoo Desert, Kirstenbosch, Kwelera (East London, not yet open to the public), Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Walter Sisulu. They are located in seven of the nine provinces, and are focused on growing and conserving the indigenous plants of South Africa. Fees are payable on entering the Botanical Gardens. Go to http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/.
National Botanical Gardens South Africa:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:
Established in 1913.
One of the great botanic gardens of the world, set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town. EVENTS: Summer Concerts, Garden Walks, Art Exhibitions, Theme Walks, Open Air Cinema – go to www.sanbi.org/events/kirstenbosch OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Sep-Mar (Summer), Mon-Sun, 08h00-19h00
Apr-Aug (Winter), Mon-Sun, 08h00-18h00
Conservatory, Mon-Sun, 09h00 -17h00 ADDRESS:
Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Cape Town, South Africa
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:
Established in 1959.
Situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos (proteas, ericas and restios, as well as irises, daisies and orchids). OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Weekends & Public Holidays: 08h00-17h00 ADDRESS:
Cnr Clarence Drive & Broadwith Rd
Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:
Established in 1921.
A truly unique garden with a wide variety of desert and semi-desert plants. Best time to visit for the spring flowers (vygies) is from late July till late September. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Mon-Sun: 07h00-19h00, 365 days a year
Office Hours: Mon-Fri – 07h00-13h00 & 14h00-16h30 ADDRESS:
Roux Rd, Panorama (off National Rd)
Worcester, Western Cape
Hantam National Botanical Garden, Northern Cape:
Established in 2007.
Two “seasons” that attract visitors. The well-known spring flower season that coincides with the Namaqualand flower season, and the “secret season” when the Brunsvigea bosmaniae provides a magnificent and dramatic display during autumn. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
All year. Mon-Fri: 07h30-16h30, except Aug-Oct
Aug-Oct (flower season) Mon-Sun: 08h00 to 17h00 ADDRESS:
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Gauteng:
Established in 1982.
A popular venue for outings, and the natural vegetation a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Mon – Sun, 08h00-17h00 ADDRESS:
End of Malcolm Rd
Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Gauteng:
Established in 1946.
A frosty south-facing section and warmer north-facing section, divided by a 35 m high quartzite outcrop, present two different worlds. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
No entry after 17h00 ADDRESS:
2 Cussonia Ave
Free State National Botanical Garden, Free State:
Established in 1967.
Most of the plants in the Garden are in full leaf from November to March, and the colourful autumn shades of yellow and red dominate from March to June. EVENTS:
Art & Food Markets. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Sat, Sun & Pub Holidays – 08h00-17h00 ADDRESS:
off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702
KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, KwaZulu-Natal:
Established in 1874.
Flowering every season of the year, one of only a few SANBI National Botanical Gardens that has braai facilities, Children’s Play Area. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
1 May-30 Sept: 08h00-17h30
1 Oct -30 Apr: 08h00-18h00 ADDRESS:
2 Swartkops Rd, Prestbury
Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Mpumalanga:
Established in 1969.
Two rivers cut across the park (Crocodile and Nels Rivers), spectacular waterfalls, African Rain Forest, suspended bridge crosses the Crocodile River, one of the largest collections of South African fig trees. OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Mon-Sun – Sep-Mar: 08h00-18h00
Apr-Aug: 08h00-17h00 ADDRESS:
off Madiba Drive, Riverside
Mpumalanga, South Africa
* Kwelera National Botanical Garden, Eastern Cape:
Declared on 25 July 2014.
A tenth Garden, Kwelera National Botanical Garden, is the latest addition to SANBI’s National Botanical Gardens. It is situated near East London in the Eastern Cape, is currently being developed, and not yet open to the public.
* A further National Botanical Garden is planned in the Limpopo Province.