1. Free State
RAYTON RD, BLOEMFONTEIN
The garden spans a valley between picturesque dolerite koppies with the
natural vegetation comprising tall grassland and woodland, dominated by
magnificent wild olive and karee trees. The garden covers 70 hectacres, and
is home to about 400 species of plants, mainly from the Free State, Northern
Cape and Lesotho, including a fine collection of decorative and hardy trees
indigenous to the area.
Oorlogskloof Road, Nieuwoudtville
Situated just outside Nieuwoudtville, the Garden is one of the world’s very special biodiversity treasures and the first National Botanical Garden in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
3. Harold Porter
R44, BETTY'S BAY
The garden is set between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape fynbos region and encompasses 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos. The garden includes mountain slopes with fynbos vegetation, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with their specialised salt-adapted plants. The main fynbos families (proteas, ericas and restios) are present as well as other important families such as irises, daisies and orchids. The garden boasts Disa uniflora in its natural habitat (flowering from mid-December to end of January) as well as the national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides).
The first Tuesday of every month is Senior Citizens Day at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Visitors over 60 will enjoy free entry to the garden as well as 10% discount on plant sales, 10% discount on cash sales at the Souvenir Shop and 10% discount at the Leopard’s Kloof Restaurant.
4. Karoo Desert
ROUX RD, WORCESTER
The Garden lies on the outskirts of Worcester and is unique in that it is
the only truly succulent garden in the southern hemisphere and on the
African continent. One of the floral highlights of the year is spring, when
thousands of annuals and brightly coloured vygies come into flower. Falling
within the succulent karoo biome, which includes the Namaqualand flora so
famous for its spring flowers, the Garden boasts some 400 naturally
occurring species. The garden is also a haven for rare and endangered
plants, with over 300 species being protected and propagated.
RHODES DRIVE, NEWLANDS, CAPE TOWN
The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of South Africa. A Large glass house displays mainly succulent flora from the drier parts of South Africa but also alpine plants and bulb that are in flower.
MAYOR'S WALK, PIETERMARITZBURG
The beautiful and tranquil KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden
specialises in the conservation of plants from the eastern region of South
Africa and of rare and endangered species from elsewhere. Established in
1874, the Garden's Victorian past is evident in its magnificent specimens of
northern hemisphere plants. The focus of the Garden is to collect, display
and promote the conservation of plants of the eastern grasslands, in
particular the genera Kniphofia, Watsonia and Dierama.
OFF WHITE RIVER RD, NELSPRUIT
The 159ha garden is set amongst the rugged, rocky river scenery straddling the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. The Crocodile surges through a narrow, solid rock gorge and the Nels River tumbles down a waterfall from the west, to converge with the Crocodile in a serene pool on a bend in the river. This Garden lies within Sour Lowveld Bushveld which is the link between the escarpment and the true lowveld, thus containing many elements of both. In addition to approximately 600 plant species occurring naturally in the Garden, more than 2000 additional species have been planted. The Garden is like an enormous arboretum with large lawns. Of the approximately 1000 tree species indigenous to South Africa, over 650 can be seen in the garden including numerous species from sub-tropical southern Africa.
9. Walter Sisulu
CUSSONIA AVENUE, BRUMMERIA, PRETORIA
The garden is home to the Head Office of SANBI successfully bridging the
divide between scientific research and the recreational environment. A 50 m
high quartzite outcrop divides the Garden in two sections. Its frosty
south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section present two
different worlds to the visitor and botanist. Paved nature trails give
access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge. Fifty hectares of
the total area are devoted to developed garden, using almost exclusively
South African plants. The garden contains 50% of the country's tree species
and offers the visitor a glimpse of different biomes such as savanna,
forest, fynbos and some plants of other biomes.
MALCOLM ROAD, POORTVIEW, ROODEPOORT
This garden is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie
waterfall and was previously called the Witwatersrand National Botanical
Garden. Covering almost 300 hectares it consists of both landscaped and
natural veld areas. A breeding pair of Black Eagles nest on the cliffs
alongside the waterfall. The Garden is home to an abundance of wildlife
including 220 bird species. Several short walks run through the Garden and
the surrounding natural areas. The JCI Geological Trail gives visitors the
opportunity to learn something about the fascinating geology of the area.
This garden is not yet open to the public.