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Durban Botanic Gardens

World-famous botanic gardens with plant collections and amphitheatre.

  • 4.5

  • from 8584 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 8584 Google reviews

T Boros

6 months ago


Amazing place for taking a walk, sitting down on the grass on a blanket, having a picnic, or practicing nature photography. There are quite a few bird species that can be observed by bird-lovers, especially near the pond inside the gardens. The area is kept neat and clean, and it is safe to walk around. You can also find places to buy water, soft drinks, coffee and ice-cream. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Durban for a chilled weekend!

Lully Govender

3 weeks ago


Thank you to the organizers and staff for such an amazing and beautiful set up at the Trail of Lights😊. Everything looked so picturesque and this year a lot of innovation and creativity was put into the theme. Definitely not to be missed in 2023. We had so much fun and it indeed brought out the kid in me🥰

Thaeisha Govender

3 weeks ago


We visit here often and always have an incredible time. It's a scenic, safe and peaceful walk through. Definitely a place to take in nature. The most enjoyable time to visit is around Christmas when the Trail of Lights begin.

Ravi Singh

5 months ago


Durban Botanic Gardens (est 1849), is the most enjoyable place to relax. Neat and clean, enjoy a picnic lunch on their sprawling lawns or on the lake edge, feed the ducks or fish or just enjoy a quite spot to catch up on your favorite novel. Tea garden and restaurant on site both with tasty eats. Conference venue available. Saturday is a day to watch all the newly weds photos shoots. A must is to buy yourself that special large coffee and take a guide tour on a golf cart which I recently did, and been there many times before, this was a new look at the gardens, it open a new side, the guide was very informative, you get to see one of the most expensive trees in the world's which is under 24 hours surveillance with cameras and security and a must view is the kissing tree. There are also live concerts held at the lake. Plenty of secure parking, with clean facilities. My favorite time to visit is early in the week, when the park is quite as if I have it all to my self. Enjoy with good company or a quite place for some alone time. A must visit when in Durban.

Keanon Narrandes

8 months ago


A pleasant, peaceful, and quiet place. Perfect for picnics, morning/evening walks, or reading a book. This garden also has a good coffee shop, and can also host events such as weddings or parties. The garden is well maintained and always kept neat. Entrance is free, and staff are always friendly.

Contact the garden

031 322 4021

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