Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort: Hours, Address, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to an Eden hidden in the West Rand of Gauteng where beautiful nature welcomes visitors and the rushing water of the Witpoortjie Waterfall, gushing from a height of 70 metres, soothes and revitalises careworn city-dwellers. The garden is home to a pair of breeding Verreaux's Eagles (Black Eagles) which have become proud symbols of this majestic garden. Walking, hiking, picnics, exercising, bird watching, relaxing, nature appreciation, are some of the popular activities of visitors to the garden.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Tour621766
Daveyton, South Africa16 contributions
Hike and picnic!
Nov 2020 • Family
Spent a lovely day at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens with my family. Gardens are well kept. The hike trail was manageable for my 9 and 12 year old girls.
Written 15 November 2020
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Rya-Mari M
Roodepoort, South Africa1 751 contributions
Ideally situated
Nov 2020 • Friends
The gardens offer a chance to enjoy nature in close vicinity to the city

Depending on your plans, you can pack food or get something from the restaurant

It can get busy so plan your day to arrive early or later to see if you can avoid the crowds
Written 1 November 2020
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M9196XQchrisn
Polokwane, South Africa27 contributions
Awesome Gardens
Oct 2020
Awesome garden with a waterfall. Nice and lovely routes for walking. Wonderful place to take pictures and make memories.
Written 27 October 2020
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HFourie
Krugersdorp, South Africa39 contributions
A Hidden Gem close by
Oct 2020 • Family
We hiked up and around the mountain. It’s a bit strenuous but worth the view! The kids could do it quite easily. I would recommend taking some water and snacks along to stop, and take some time out of the busy city life and enjoy the view.

We went at the end of winter; would absolutely do back in the summer when everything is green.

It’s a nice quick break into nature.
Written 17 October 2020
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Celeste B
Johannesburg, South Africa23 contributions
Fabulous gardens and birding
Oct 2020
Such an exquisite hidden gem! Stunning natural waterfall. Loved seeing the two black eagles nesting at the top of the waterfall. Saw many birds including the Golden Tailed Wood Pecker, Striped Kingfisher, African Hornbill, African Black Duck and a Sunbird amongst others and loads of weavers building their nests. Beautiful trails under the trees and a geological walkway. Remember to take binoculars and a camera with. It makes the spotting so much easier. Also a lovely restaurant to enjoy afterwards.
Written 15 October 2020
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Linos Mthembu
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions
Out of this world
Mar 2020 • Couples
This place is heavenly, perfect for romantic, family PIC NICs and get together.the water fall is the centre of attraction, your photographs would never be the same with the waterfall in the background
Written 7 September 2020
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4 924 contributions
Great outdoor venue
Aug 2020 • Solo
Loved my visits here. Note that Pensioners are FREE on a Tuesday, which made for a bit of a queue to get in, but all processed very efficiently and speedily, with the necessary precautions in place.
Most people walk to the Waterfall and restaurant, but there is a lot more walking available, including a 3.5 km Geological Trail.
The Trail has a fairly steep ascent and descent, no matter which way you do it. Going up next to the waterfall seems popular. There are no real views of the waterfall on the way up, but great views of Sandton and towards Pretoria. It’s not so bad if you take it easy and rest when necessary. On the top, you walk quite close to the fence and suburb, but I never felt unsafe and there were other people on the trail. Take water and use suntan lotion on hot days.
My only negative comment, was that the map was not always that easy to follow and they could do with a few more signs and trail markers, especially in the outlying areas.
The workers are back, so the gardens are looking neater after the lockdown. There are still areas out of bounds for isolation purposes, as well as construction.
Look for the Verreaux (Black) Eagle nest at the waterfall and you may also see the pair flying around - a beautiful sight.
The restaurant in the Garden was also excellent and there may need to wait to be seated at peak periods. The food was yum.
Take time to wander and explore the gardens, so many interesting plants, birds and insects to see.
Staff were excellent and helpful and facilities good.
Written 30 August 2020
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Lay_Looney25
Johannesburg, South Africa20 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Feb 2020 • Family
A true gem, hidden in the heart of the West Rand lies the scenic mountain views with waterfalls. A lovely family park with a restaurant and kids play area. It's a beautiful place to have a couple or family picnic. Definitely a must!
Written 10 March 2020
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Aysha Latib
Gauteng, South Africa17 contributions
One of the best garden/parks in Gauteng
Mar 2020 • Family
10 stars for this botanical gardens
Clean, neat and well maintained gardens. Activities for kids galore. Waterfall is the main attraction. Hiking trails for the fit. Restaurant is available in the gardens. You can take your own food as well as long as you don't litter. It's a bin free zone so take your rubbish back home
Written 9 March 2020
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Bennerina D
23 contributions
Slowdown in the Botanical Gardens
Feb 2020
If you need to just take break and a relaxed walk through the flowers and the trees it is the right place to go. Tranquility and peace of mind if you walk under the trees and take a sit-down at the hide away watching for birds. Your photography skills is needed to capture the birds that is always somewhere in the trees. Nice tea and snacks at the restaurant is always a winner. And don"t forget that Tuesdays is pensioner day, which means free entrance for all the pensioners.
Written 8 March 2020
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