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KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

2 Swartkops Rd | Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 344 3585
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Afternoon visit

Most impressive walk in the park with own basket of a picnic lunch. The trees and the setting along... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ernstuken
Boring and unkept

I decided to add the botanical gardens to my trip after seeing it here on TripAdvisor. It was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eimear H
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Clonmel, Ireland
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Experience nature’s grandeur at the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg. This garden’s Victorian past is evident in its magnificent specimens of northern hemisphere plants. One of the most dramatic features is the majestic...more
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2 Swartkops Rd | Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
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+27 33 344 3585
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Most impressive walk in the park with own basket of a picnic lunch. The trees and the setting along the little river and in the forest are worth seeing.

Thank ernstuken
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to add the botanical gardens to my trip after seeing it here on TripAdvisor. It was reasonably priced but after that there wasn't much. The toilets weren't clean and the grounds didn't feel looked after. It felt unorganized and confusing. There was construction...More

2  Thank Eimear H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

It makes one feel as if they are in a different planet. Wide variety of trees and plants. Plenty grounds for the children to be children and do what they do best. We also had the pleasure of enjoying a freshly cooked meal at the...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

The botanical gardens in Pietermaritzburg remains a consistently well maintained facility. It was an ideal spot to have a family get together, with a multitude of spots in which to set up a large picnic. The grounds are immaculate and the occasional appearance of a...More

Thank Mr Kavith H
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Notwithstanding that a significant portion of the gardens is a civil construction site which is for obvious reasons blocked off the public. That that remains is unkempt, poorly managed and going to ruin. There are so many alien invaders just let to grow it is...More

Thank JOEBLOGGS1
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

My first stop on a visit to any new city is its Botanical Gardens if there is one. Thankfully, Pietermaritzburg has a stunning garden with many different facets and lots to enjoy. A gurgling happily flowing stream delights and welcomes you to the garden. What...More

Thank delaine c
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I love going here to sit on a bench and snap away. From the canopies above to the lake at the bottom it is just so relaxing. Good place to gather your thoughts or to get a good workout.

Thank Nazeer Riaz J
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

This is a place which is visited by a diversity of people. Lovely clean neat place for a picnic or tea at the coffee shop or even a romantic walk with your fellow and small one . Every Saturday morning the botanical garden hosts a...More

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

There's no doubt the Botanical Gardens is one of Pietermaritzburg's greatest assets, which begs the question: Why is it so poorly supported? One of the main reasons for this travesty is the restaurant, or rather, the empty shell that is meant to have a restaurant....More

Thank derekalberts
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens are beautiful. Perfect for an afternoon picnic. ITs beautiful, well looked after with huge trees. The Entry avenue of trees is breathtakingly beautiful.

Thank Elisabeth F
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Response from Somayya S | Reviewed this property |
There is a garden in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Which area are you from?
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