10 National Botanical Gardens of South Africa

We are spoilt in South Africa with 10 National Botanical Gardens (and many more notable gardens) which are found across the country. Most people know the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, which is an easy favourite and world renowned tourist attraction – but each of our 10 National Gardens holds something unique in its location, heritage and attractions and they all deserve a visit, if you ever get the opportunity.

In a country as diverse as South Africa, it does not come as a surprise that we have 10 National Botanical Gardens spread throughout the provinces. But one has to wonder how many people have been fortunate enough to visit all of them. I was intrigued by this idea, and since I spend most of my time traipsing around the country in search of hiking trails (or sitting at my desk daydreaming about doing that) I thought this would be a perfect goal for Go Outside; a challenge to visit all 10 National Botanical Gardens.

Find all the details of the Gardens that we have visited so far below, and stay in touch for updates on the gardens that are still on our bucket list.

The Botanical Gardens may not be “off the beaten track” but I always find such joy in visiting them.

The Gardens in South Africa are impeccable – and with its stunning cascading Waterfall, rolling lawns that were made for cartwheels and endless nooks to explore – the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens are certainly no exception.

We went in search of the rare nesting eagles that call the gardens home and hiked within the gardens for the whole day (until the rain came down and washed us out). What an adventure!

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We spent the day hiking, exploring, picnicing and geocaching in the pristine Pretoria gardens.

The popular gardens offer a tranquil setting for a wide range of activities – like trail running events, guided walks, garden parties and art exhibitions – but beyond all of that, and beyond the perfectly manicured lawns, are some amazing hiking trails waiting to be discovered, and that is why we love the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens.

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