Things To Do in PietermaritzburgVisit the National Botanical Garden
Where? Mayor's Walk, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands
When? Daily. In October to April open from 08h00 to 18h00; May to September open from 08h00 to 17h30.
How? Call :+27 (0)33 344-3585
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
More? See website
The Pietermaritzburg National Botanic Garden has a planted area dedicated to attracting 150 species of local birdlife and planted acres dedicated to attracting all species of local human life.
Friends and feathers alike gather to appreciate the arboretum, calm alongside the Kingfisher Lake and rejuvenate in the fauna. Dogs on leashes chase sunshine through branch shadows in the avenue of the London Plane Trees declared a national monument, displaying striking Spring leaves and bare Winter bark since 1908.
The garden divides into two distinct parts; the 22 Hectare international section and the 24 Hectare Southern Hemisphere indigenous section. The focus is the conservation of endangered world species as well as the collection and conservation of the indigenous plants of South Africa's eastern grasslands including the Kniphofia, Watsonia and Dierama.
Establishing it's flourishing in 1874 the garden has Victorian roots with specimens of the Northern Hemisphere's Swamp Cypress, Tulip Trees, Camphor Trees, Giant Figs and Magnolias. The Useful Plants Garden features Zulu plants used by the African culture in medicine and crafts. Guided themed walks can be arranged seasonally while self-guided trails through the Natal forest section exposes micro-habitats creating beautiful picnic habitats.