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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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Good, clean and relaxing

The Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens are beautiful. Perfect for an afternoon picnic. ITs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elisabeth F
Deteriorated quite a lot in the last few years

While the variety of trees and plants in the gardens is still great there has been a lot of neglect... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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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 avenue of London Plane Trees.
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  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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“ancient trees” (4 reviews)
“picnic basket” (3 reviews)
“ample parking” (3 reviews)
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2 Swartkops Rd | Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 344 3585
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 14 September 2017

While the variety of trees and plants in the gardens is still great there has been a lot of neglect and in general the place is a shadow of its former self. Disappointing to not have the restuarant anymore or not manned if it is...More

1  Thank Porgieboy
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The gardens, the oldest in South Africa, are still a tranquil spot and the entry avenue of trees magnificent. There is also a very interesting section devoted to Zulu culture with excellent interpretive signs. There is also much activity in the wetland area which is...More

1  Thank ian2005wine
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens are a good visit! As you enter you are created by a play ground and oak tree alley. Great spot for a picnic or leisurely stroll. Unfortunately they have been unable to hold down a coffee shop so you will have...More

1  Thank NacquitaK
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A lovely place to visit. The gardens are lovely and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing. It is a wonderful place if you want to have a picnic and just wind down.

Thank Brenden7
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Very shocked to see no toilet seats in any of the ladies toilets. Art in the park was lovely but when showcasing such a prestigious event surely you can ensure that there are toilet seats. Especially not great when you have little children need g...More

1  Thank S2360WDsandrat
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Tranquility and what better than here to find peace. Lovely gardens and position. A must visit..... small Kirstenbosch found in Pietermaritzburg. Go visit

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Peaceful atmosphere, the gardens are well taken care of. A good place for Study Groups, Picnics and dates. Recommendation: Bring blankets or things to sit on, as there are seating areas - but not many. There is an entrance fee (discounts for Scholars/Students/Pension).

Thank KLR-ZA
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Beautiful setting.Lovely day...sun shining perfect for photographs...BUT entrance charges for Pensioners which comprised 90% party was not applied because we were classified as a Photo Shoot.Wedding photo-wedding shoot charges over-ride pension entrance charges and costs were appropriately much more than expected.Bitter taste.We paid but resuklt...More

Thank Sonia H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Quiet place good for walks & picnics with family and friendly, braai areas available in the premises

1  Thank Slyngoh
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4 April 2016|
Response from Somayya S | Reviewed this property |
There is a garden in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Which area are you from?