Durban Botanic Garden

Durban Botanic Garden

The Durban botanical gardens boast a rich history, dating back to when it was founded in 1849 for the introduction and trial of potentially useful commercial crops. Over the course of time, the gardens have developed impressive collections of sub-tropical trees, palms and orchids. The Durban Botanic Gardens has become popular with visitors, providing in a sense a sanctuary from the lively pace of the surrounding city of Durban.

Upon entering the gardens through the secure and guarded parking area, one immediately witnesses the tranquility and diversity of this place. The Gardens host an estimated number of 500 000 visitors per year, many of whom are foreign tourists. This is not too difficult to understand because there are nicely paved, and neatly maintained paths crisscrossing the park like grounds. Benches are placed throughout the grounds providing excellent places for people to relax and enjoy the scenery. Most of the paths lead to special attractions within the grounds, for example the Orchid house with it's spectacular display which includes an artificial stream adding to the serenity of the exhibit.

Also in the gardens, situated towards the middle, one can find a small lake which has made itself home to a multitude of various bird species which include pelicans, ibises and a host of other smaller tree birds. This proves to be an excellent location for bird watchers who don't feel like traveling too far from home. Just a friendly word of warning, watch out for the birds in the trees at the lake if you plan to use the benches. This area seems to be the preferred ablution facility of the birds.

As one moves around the grounds in a clockwise direction, they eventually reach the sensory garden which displays large polished modern steel sculptures. This part of the gardens is home to various types of interesting vegetation including herbs, and much to the amazement of both small children and adults, plants which flop lifelessly when touched, regaining their lifelike appearances again later.

From here visitors can continue onwards to the interesting cycad forest, and still further onwards to the impressive palm lined walkway which displays towering specimens of 130 various international species, the likes of which most South Africans will never see in a lifetime.

The Durban Botanic Gardens houses a Visitors complex consisting of a Gift shop which offers a wide variety of gifts, including Zulu baskets, beadwork and specialist books on South African flora and fauna; an Information Office, Administration offices, the NBS Education Centre and a boardroom accommodating 15 people, surrounded by an indigenous garden. There is also a hall which serves as a versatile venue for conferences, product launches, workshops, exhibitions and weddings. This facility is capable of accommodating 250 delegates in a cinema style seating arrangement or 140 guests seated at tables.There are also ramps and ablution facilities to accommodate the disabled.

Other than a relaxing weekend chill spot, the Gardens occasionally hosts events such as annual concerts on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, showing off some of our county's best musical talent. Among other appealing features are the innovative informal, hands-on learning programs set in place enabling people to connect plants to their everyday lives. The botanic gardens proves to be an ideal outdoor living classroom to learn about plants and their connection to people and life on our planet.

Accommodation Near Durban Botanic Garden

Botany Bay Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

0.2km South of Durban Botanic Garden

Our lodge has en-suite bedrooms with tv's fans and air conditioners for those balmy Durban evenings. We also offer safe off-street parking, pool bar, laundry / maid service and a fully fitted communal kitchen for your self catering requirments...

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Musgrave Avenue Guest Lodge

Guest House Accommodation in Musgrave, Durban

0.8km South West of Durban Botanic Garden

Musgrave Avenue Guest Lodge is a renovated Georgian style building offering affordable accommodation in Durban, which is suitable for families, groups, couples and corporate travellers.

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Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

0.9km North West of Durban Botanic Garden

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban, an oasis of graciousness and tranquility in Durban's exclusive Berea, has every modern convenience, yet retains the old-worlde impeccable service and style of yester-year.

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10th Avenue

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.0km North of Durban Botanic Garden

This is a newly-decorated 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed simplex in Durban's fashionable Morningside, within a few minutes' walk from Greyville Racecourse, shops and restaurants, and within a few minutes' drive of all Durban's amenities

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4 Isabella Gardens

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.3km North of Durban Botanic Garden

4 Isabella Gardens is a lovely 3 bedroom (6 sleeper) duplex in 7th Avenue, Morningside, Durban. It is within walking distance to Greyville Racecourse, Avondale Spar, Argyle Road Spur, Florida Road with all its pubs and restaurants.

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Villa La Palma

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.6km South of Durban Botanic Garden

All our units are equipped with cooling and heating air-conditioners for your comfort as well as TV, Hi-Fi, DVD Player and a large selection of satellite and local channels for your easy viewing. Tea, coffee and bottled water is complimentary and ...

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Durban Backpackers @ Stamfordhill

Backpackers / Youth Hostel Accommodation in Durban Area

1.7km North East of Durban Botanic Garden

Durban Backpackers @ Stamfordhill is a new backpackers setup. Perfect base to explore DURBAN. Perfect for large groups and families.

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Chelsea Villa Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.7km South of Durban Botanic Garden

Built in 1890, Chelsea Villa Guest House is one of the original Victorian Homes in the area. Great care has been taken to preserve most of the original fixtures during times of renovation and decorating, to ensure that the house maintains the ...

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Roseland House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.7km South West of Durban Botanic Garden

Our home has been lovingly adorned with many antiques from this period. All 7 en-suite double rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished with your comfort in mind. Some rooms have their own private court yards and all have TV, hostess tray...

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Bon Ami On Ninth

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.8km North of Durban Botanic Garden

We offer upmarket, Hotel Style Accommodation featuring 15 en-suite bedrooms with the Housekeeper and Night Guard on site to see to all your requirements. Our aim is to exceed your expectations, providing the very best hospitality in colonial style...

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