South Africa's Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens

spectacular botanical gardens

  • Sarah
  • 05 May 2017
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town

panorama of Kirstenbosch botanical garden

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site where approximately 9000 of Southern Africa's 22,000 plant species are grown. Officially founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch was the first botanical garden established to protect a country's fauna and flora, with a strong emphasis on the cultivation of indigenous plants.

The area contains a Fragrance Garden, a Sculpture Garden and a Water-Wise Garden as well as a hill planted with pelargoniums. There is also a Braille Trail to assist blind people to visualise where they are. The Tree Canopy Walkway was added in 2013 to mark its centenary and rises and curves through the trees to give amazing views.


Wedding receptions can be held at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. There is a choice of three venues including The Kirstenbosch Manor Guesthouse, the Old Mutual Conference Centre and moyo restaurant. If either the Old Mutual Conference Centre or moyo restaurant is booked for a wedding reception, the couple can hold their wedding ceremony in the Sculpture Garden, or just have their photos taken there.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Johannesburg, Gauteng

waterfall at Sisulu Botanical Garden

Visit in the summer to see all the flowers in full bloom. There are several picturesque picnic spots where you can enjoy nature away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Johannesburg city. Enjoy the 70m Witpoortjie Waterfall, see if you can spot the only known breeding pair of Verreaux's (black) Eagles and take a toy train ride through the Garden to rest your legs. A guided day walk is on offer with an evening walk offered in the warmer months. Music concerts are a regular feature.


The Eagle’s Fare restaurant has a function room for up to 120 people where you can hold your wedding reception.

Pretoria Botanical Garden, Gauteng

flower beds at Pretoria Botanical Garden

Situated in East Tshwane, The Pretoria Botanical Garden was originally part of the University of Pretoria's experimental farm project. Today, this picturesque garden attracts tourists daily as it protects an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora including kestrels, hawks, falcons and eagles. There is also a medicinal garden with cycads, aloes, tree species and succulents. There are nature trails, an environmental education centre and regular music on the concert stage.


Mokha Restaurant is not just a popular lunch venue, it also caters for functions, including weddings.

From December to March, sunset musical concerts are held on stage at the stunning Kirstenbosch amphitheatre.

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