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Lowveld National Botanical Garden

off White River Rd, Nelspruit, South Africa
+27(0)13 752 5531
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Nelspruit
Type: Gardens
Owner description: The Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, ‘grows’ magically out of the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels Rivers and offers up a... more » Owner description: The Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, ‘grows’ magically out of the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels Rivers and offers up a magnificent array of nature’s treasures. The two rivers create spectacular waterfalls which give this Garden its visually spectacular character. « less
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Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I visited the Gardens yesterday as part of a research trip for www.africa-deluxe-tours.com. I expected an average park-like botanical garden as I've seen often elsewhere in South Africa (with the notable exception of Kirstenbosch in Cape Town). However what I experienced was magnificent gardens that is a very enjoyable reflection on the Mpumalanga Lowveld. My only gripe has to do... More

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Living a few km from here we visit a couple of times a year. Beautiful plants couple of waterfalls which are quite spectacular in the rainy season and mini rainforest with raised walkway. If you are lucky you could see hippo and a crocodile or two as well. Lovely place for a picnic. There is a play area for kids... More

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Cape Town
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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were in Nelspruit and were looking for somewhere to picnic. Found this attraction via tripadvisor and plugged details into GPS. Went as far as the Agricultural Centre and no further as there was no signage. Speaking to other travelers were told that this attraction was near by, disappointing.

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A lot changed - for the better - since my last visit about 20 years ago. A stunning raised walkway now and two decent places to eat. The rain forest is tranquil and cool. At the restaurant - unless your appetite is huge expect to be unable to finish the burger with trimmings. Excellent but gigantic.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Well set out with great walking trails and gardens. Disappointed didn't see the hippopotamus but the natural beauty of park made up for it.

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Rayton, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I thought this would be just another botanical garden. Big mistake, huge mistake. Initially it was a little difficult to find the entrance but once achieved wow. This was like walking in a forest. What a view to see the rivers raging in a botanical garden. We enjoyed a brisk 5km walk through the garden. When visiting Nelspruit again we... More

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Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It fabulous how we can feel the Nature inside the city. I was amazed by the beauty of the Botanical Garden. For sure will be visiting it often. The little caffe inside is also very pleasant to be at.

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Jhb
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great food at the botanical Garden restaurant with an awesome view. Its Just around the corner from the hotel.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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141 reviews 141 reviews
81 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Have visited this park a few times and each time I am amazed by its beauty. The restaurant is very good, the nursery is indelibly cheap but it's the nature that gets you every time.

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Taki L, General Manager at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Dear Sarah, We are delighted that you treasure our proud escape. Please call again and brag to your friends More

Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Take a picnic lunch and explore the gardens, they are well maintained and easy to navigate. Watch for snakes tho!

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