National Botanical Gardens South Africa

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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

National Botanical Gardens South Africa:

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:

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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
Sep-Mar (Summer), Mon-Sun, 08h00-19h00
Apr-Aug (Winter), Mon-Sun, 08h00-18h00
Conservatory, Mon-Sun, 09h00 -17h00
Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Cape Town, South Africa

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:

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Established in 1959.
Situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos (proteas, ericas and restios, as well as irises, daisies and orchids).
Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30
Weekends & Public Holidays: 08h00-17h00
Cnr Clarence Drive & Broadwith Rd
Betty’s Bay
South Africa

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Western Cape:

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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.
Mon-Sun: 07h00-19h00, 365 days a year
Office Hours: Mon-Fri – 07h00-13h00 & 14h00-16h30
Roux Rd, Panorama (off National Rd)
Worcester, Western Cape
South Africa

Hantam National Botanical Garden, Northern Cape:

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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.
All year. Mon-Fri: 07h30-16h30, except Aug-Oct
Aug-Oct (flower season) Mon-Sun: 08h00 to 17h00
Oorlogskloof Rd
Northern Cape
South Africa

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Gauteng:

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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.
Mon – Sun, 08h00-17h00
End of Malcolm Rd
Poortview, Roodepoort
South Africa

Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Gauteng:

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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.
Mon-Sun: 08h00-18h00
No entry after 17h00
2 Cussonia Ave
South Africa

Free State National Botanical Garden, Free State:

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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.
Art & Food Markets.
Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30
Sat, Sun & Pub Holidays – 08h00-17h00
Rayton Rd
off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702
South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, KwaZulu-Natal:

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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.
1 May-30 Sept: 08h00-17h30
1 Oct -30 Apr: 08h00-18h00
2 Swartkops Rd, Prestbury
South Africa

Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Mpumalanga:

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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.
Mon-Sun – Sep-Mar: 08h00-18h00
Apr-Aug: 08h00-17h00
off Madiba Drive, Riverside
Mbombela (Nelspruit)
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.