The Lowveld Garden has been divided into the following 8 sections:
1) BULB GARDEN:
Colourful Agapanthus praecox and beautiful beds of lilies adorn this small but beautiful section located at the front of the garden. Also contains wild bananas and palms, and strelitzias, with sunbirds when flowering.
2) TROPICAL AFRICAN RAINFOREST:
The combination of rain provided by large water towers and a naturally high water table have provided the unique conditions for plants from a tropical rainforest to flourish in the middle of the lowveld. The current indigenous canopy will eventually be replaced by the still-growing tropical trees once they have grown tall enough. A 4-metre high aerial boardwalk allow visitors a bird's eye view of the this unique rain forest.
3) SOUTH AFRICAN FOREST:
Here you will find fine examples of quinine, water pear, and water berry trees growing along the banks of the Crocodile River. Flanking the forest is a splendid collection of ferns including many rare species.
4) DRY BUSHVELD:
This relatively hot and dry section is dominated by deciduous trees, such as the wild custard apple, surrounded by aloes and succulents. Other trees include buffalo thorn and the beautiful Kalahari Christmas tree.
5) CORKWOODS AND CABBAGE TREES:
These trees have a long and interesting history, and are the source of the famous biblical spice, myrrh. The paper-bark corkwood has a easily peeled bark that lives up to it's name. Several species of cabbage trees have been cultivated, noteworthy for their enormous candelabra-shaped flowers.
The Lowveld Garden has perhaps the largest collection of African cycads to be found anywhere. A Cycad gene bank has been established at the gardens to ensure these magnificent plants are not lost form our planet.
Six of the eight species of the genus Adansonia in the world can be found here, the most familiar being the curiously shaped baobab. The magnificent trees have been carbon-dated to over 5,000 years old.
8) WILD FIGS:
The garden boasts 25 different indigenous species of fig tree, including giant Sycamore Fig, Knobbly Fig, Mountain Rock Fig, and the infamous Strangler Fig.
Off White River Road, Nelspruit
- daily 08h00 to 18h00 (October to April)
- daily 08h00 to 17h15 (May to September)
0.8km South East of Lowveld National Botanical Garden
A magnificently located self-catering apartment, invites you to explore the
City of Nelspruit and it's surroundings. Conveniently situated within easy reach
of Restaurants, Shopping Mall, Hospitals, International Airport.
1.0km South West of Lowveld National Botanical Garden
The units are beautifully furnished and different options are available - either
open plan units, or units with separate bedrooms and lounges containing sleeper
couches - our family unit consists of 3 bedrooms
1.1km North East of Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Hotel Promenade is located in the Lowveld region's capital city, Nelspruit. Once the original town hall of Nelspruit, this historic hotel is one of the town’s landmarks, with its stately clock tower bearing silent witness over the Promenade Shopping Arcad
1.7km South East of Lowveld National Botanical Garden
This impressive lodge exemplifies the very best in modern architecture and offers six spacious bedrooms, each with its own private balcony, as well as all amenities on your wish-list: spa-bath or jet shower, extra long beds with quality linen, ...
La Roca, a top 4 star establishment adjoining the Nelspruit Nature Reserve,
offers luxurious accommodation with a friendly and warm ambience. Uninterrupted
views over the reserve and distant mountains.
Each room is luxuriously appointed, has its own entrance, en-suite bathroom, mini-bar, colour television with M-Net and Satellite TV. A full breakfast is served in the main house, or on the patio, surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden.
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