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Address: Prospect Hall Rd, btwn Old Mill Way and Uitsig St | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
Phone Number: 563 1333
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a place to picnic

this place was once so beautiful but over the years the park has been downgraded somewhat. Not so many flowering plants anymore and don't see as much birdlife anymore. However, it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Durban, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this place was once so beautiful but over the years the park has been downgraded somewhat. Not so many flowering plants anymore and don't see as much birdlife anymore. However, it is still beautiful, lots of trees, lots of shade so ideal venue for family outings. Recently I have seen many kiddies parties being held at this venue.

Thank Ragini1965
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
59 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Great picinic spot or just a day of relaxing great for kids with a ball amd just lying around talking or reading the paper or book

Thank chantaltweddle
Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A serene garden that I would rate as average having seen much better examples worldwide. Not worth a special effort though

Thank Alewkap
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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112 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

The Japanese Gardens seems to be rather neglected. There are none of the statues left and we could not find any khoi in the ponds. The gardens has a lot of peace and quiet and would be ideal for a picnic but there is not much Japanese culture to be seen it is more like a normal park in a... More 

Thank StellaJ09
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I hadn't been to the Japanese Gardens for some years. Looking for something different to do outside of the safety zone of coffee shops and neon-lit malls, we thought we might amble through the gardens. I might actually get to use my camera for a change and feel safe about doing so. It all started out promisingly enough. Just outside... More 

1 Thank bendheim
Durban, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

UNSAFE. On saturday 11 April, My friend and I went to Japanese Gardens for a picnic and we got mugged. Becareful, the place is not safe and a gentleman came out from no where and stole our cell phones. Its unsafe and wouldnt recommend anyone to go there at all. The guard didnt help much and no one helped at... More 

6 Thank ZSZ130
Durban, South Africa
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270 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Although this place is not as well maintained as it once was, there is still a lot of charm that this garden offers be it for large family outings or for a romantic stroll with your better half. You can relax under the trees and enjoy the natural environment. It is also pleasing to note that many young families bring... More 

1 Thank Suren P
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69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went there around 11am with my kids and we felt scared, as it looked unsafe, and there was only 1 guard for this big untidy garden. He said not to go far otherwise he could not save us if anything happens as he was the only one in duty. We noticed some people who looked more like thieves, and... More 

7 Thank Rajiv V
Cape Town
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Being on leave, we visited the Japanese Gardens during the week. The garden was not well kept and the staff present were mainly lying in the shade not doing anything constructive. What was more disturbing was the number of school children, not at school, but hanging out at different locations within the gardens. This was around 11am. Do parents know... More 

3 Thank v0yag3r1
Pretoria, South Africa
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44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

What was once a beautiful Japanese garden with a delicate arrangement of plants and well manicured lawns is now an ordinary park filled with picnic parties and little sign of any of the 'Japanese' garden apart from two gates with an Easter design

3 Thank Doc_sol78

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