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Durban and KwaZulu-Natal Sights

Durban Botanic Gardens

  • 70 St. Thomas Rd.
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

Opposite the Greyville Racecourse, Africa's oldest surviving botanical garden is a delightful 150-year-old oasis of greenery interlaced with walking paths, fountains, and ponds. The gardens' orchid house and collection of rare cycads are renowned. The Garden of the Senses caters to the blind, and there's a lovely tea garden where you can take a load off your feet and settle back with a cup of hot tea and cakes—the crumpets (similar to flapjacks) are the best in town!

On weekends it's a popular place for wedding photographs, so you'll be sure to see retinues of colorfully clad bridesmaids. Look out for Music at the Lake, which happens on some Sundays. Various musical acts perform in the gardens (there is an additional entrance fee), and people take along picnics to while away the afternoon.

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Sight Information


70 St. Thomas Rd., Durban, 4001, South Africa



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 7–5

Updated 12/31/1969


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