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Durban Botanic Gardens

World-famous botanic gardens with plant collections and amphitheatre.

  • 4.5

  • from 7969 Google reviews

A large green field with trees in the background
A large green field with trees in the background

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About the garden

Established in 1849 and home to Africa’s oldest heritage tree, the continent’s oldest surviving botanic garden is steeped in history. Initially used primarily for growing agricultural crops, Durban Botanic Gardens has evolved to become a fascinating botanical destination and leading educational asset.

Step inside and you’ll see that the 15-hectare space is made up of several smaller gardens. Discover the impressive Orchid House, which consists of over 8,000 Orchids from more than 75 natural and artificial genera; explore the unique Butterfly Habitat Garden with specially selected plants flowering to attract butterflies and caterpillars; or amble through the romantic Sunken Garden and take a moment to relax by the glistening lake. Meanwhile, the Cycad collection – comprising one of the rarest Cycads in the world – is a must-see.

To uncover more of the gardens’ past, why not follow a nature trail or book an informative guided golf cart tour? Visitors can also enjoy a picnic on the spacious lawns or refreshments from the delightful Tea Garden.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Durban Botanic Gardens.

Opening times

16 September - 15 April Every Day 07:30 - 17:45 16 April - 15 September Every Day 07:30 - 17:15

Useful details

Garden area

37.1 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes, at the Information Office, for free.


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  • 4.5

  • from 7969 Google reviews

Raneel Singh

3 months ago


Durban Botanic Gardens, is Africa's oldest surviving botanical gardens, established in 1849 - it is also Durban's oldest public institution. It is a lovely place with lots of plants, trees and flowers - a nature paradise. They do host a lot of functions and events from Concerts at night to light displays during December. It is unfortunate that some of the upkeep has dropped in standards. A lot of areas were more taken care of and now it's sad to see parts of it in the state that it is in. Free entrance and limited parking. It would be great to see the place improve. Update: I noticed on my last visit that the place much neater and better taken care off. Lots to see and it's an oasis of peace and quiet, a nice nature sanctuary in the middle of a city. Thanks to Vishnu for the guided tour, very interesting and lots to learn from the friendly, knowledgeable staff. Bumped up the review to 4 stars.

Jody Simpson

a month ago


It's always an absolute pleasure to visit the botanic gardens. It's one of those amazing open spaces in Durban where it costs you nothing to visit. Unless you want to spend money on food and drinks which are available. Great spot to just go and be in nature.... Also really awesome Music at the Lake events. Well worth attending these.


2 months ago


The Durban Botanical gardens is amazing. Been to it a number of time and enjoyed it. Scenic. Relaxing. Spacious. Enchanting. Absolutely lovely place to go. For the most part it's free unless there are paid events going on there.

Malcolm Reeves

10 months ago


Looking very neat. New plantings in the beds. The old fountain is working after many years, a real treat, thank you. The friendly people at the coffee bar serve a lovely cup. The guided tour is well worth doing. Looking forward to the orchid house being reopened.

Stuart Crous

2 weeks ago


We visited the Durban Botanical Gardens and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well maintained with some great garden features and loved the colourful flowers and vast green open spaces for picnics or just chilling and relaxing in the gardens. It is very close to Florida Road which is a vibrant area with various bars and restaurants to choose from.

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031 322 4021

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