Johannesburg

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

  Malcolm Rd, Roodepoort      +27 86 100 1278     30 Aug 2022

One of Gauteng’s most beautiful nature reserves, these gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife including an estimated 240 bird species. From the entrance wide expanses of immaculately maintained grassy lawns lead down through cycad gardens to the impressive Witpoortjie Falls.

There are plenty of trees lining the edges of the lawns if you are looking for a shady spot to lay out your picnic blanket. On weekends this is a popular place to celebrate birthdays with a picnic (alcohol is strictly forbidden) and there are porters at the entrance who will help transport your baskets and camp chairs for a small fee. Alternatively, enjoy lunch at the Eagle’s Fare restaurant near the waterfall.

There are various hiking routes crisscrossing the gardens, the longest trail (5km) leads to the top of the waterfall, where birdwatchers may be lucky enough to spot one of the elusive black eagles who nest there. Note that the first section of the trail to reach the top of the falls is a series of relatively steep steps, so make sure to bring water with you. At the top you can then follow a trail that circles the flat grasslands on the plateau from where on clear days you can see the skyscrapers of the city in the distance.

In summer the park often opens in the evening for family events, including at Christmas time the Wonderland of Lights celebration. Entrance to these events costs extra and should be booked online in advance.

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Open

Open 08:00–17:00. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Price/Additional Info

Admission R70, students R40, scholars R20. Kids under 6 free. Pensioners free entrance on Tue.

Events at this venue

Oct 19 - Sep 30 2023
Seeing the Invisible at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

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