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“Paradise, only minutes away from Sandton!”

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
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$156.01*
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Gardens in the City Private Tour in Johannesburg
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Roodepoort
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to an Eden hidden in the West Rand of Gauteng where beautiful nature welcomes visitors and the rushing water of the Witpoortjie Waterfall, gushing from a height of 70 metres, soothes and revitalises careworn city-dwellers. The garden is home to a pair of breeding Verreaux's Eagles (Black Eagles) which have become proud symbols of this majestic garden. Walking, hiking, picnics, exercising, bird watching, relaxing, nature appreciation, are some of the popular activities of visitors to the garden.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This must be the best place in Joburg to unwind. Huge botanical gardens with fauna and flora specially selected and some, rarely seen. Cycad collection. A fantastic waterfal, and a breeding pair of Black Eagles on a fly-by! What more can one ask for, only 20 minutes from Sandton? We were lucky to spot a cameleon almost catching a passing bee, on a branch, close to where our blankets were laid out - too beautiful! There are porters happy to help with trolleys for larger groups with lots of stuff (tables, chairs etc) which makes a family re-union or birthday party special and easy. There are many couples taking wedding photo's with large entourages - for the gardens are just so spectacular. There are walks, a bird hide at a dam, a great variety of birdlife, butterflies, lovely paths as well as off the beaten track hikes. I can only say that it offers large open spaces, there's room to have fun for everyone. No radio's or noise blaring in your ears, just pure paradise! On Sundays there's a small train that takes you closer to the waterfall for kiddies as well as adults and a must for those who battle to walk, (there are also wheelchairs for the elderly at the entrance). The fee is affordable (R30 per adult) and well worth it as a small contribution towards preserving this great beauty on Joburg's doorstep. If you are lucky and there are chicks in the Eagle's nest, there is a webcam at the small gift shop where you can watch the little hatchlings fluffing about - is that special or what? Pack a picknic basket, blanket this weekend, load the family and go! Awesome!

Thank Rainbowsend1
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Dear Rainbowsend1

Thank you for your sincere review of our Botanical Garden, we are glad you enjoyed your outing and hope to see you again.

Kins regards
Andrew

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Had my 1st visit today. What a great surprise to find this little oasis in the midst of the city. The gardens are well maintained and even though there were a lot of people, it never seemed crowded. Great for a peaceful afternoon out.

Thank jakumyir
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Dear Jakumyr

Thanks for your kind review, we are really glad you enjoyed our venue.

Regards
Andrew

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

As the policy states:

"The Garden serves as an important conservation area. For these reasons we do not allow the following into the Garden:
•Balls
•Bats
•Bikes
•Kites
•Frisbees
•Skateboards
•Rollerblades
•Scooters
•Fires
•Gas braais
•Dogs/cats
•Musical instruments, radios/CD players.
While some are understandable, some, even if kept to the main greens and specific areas, would make the park more attractive to families with kids. That is one of the beauties and charms of world-class cities such as London and Paris, the ability for a variety of people with a variety of needs and interests to enjoy safe open spaces. The Gardens are beautiful, and safe, but limited as a family outing space, which is a shame.

Thank Marie B
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Dear Marie B

Thank you for your rating of our Garden, the reason we have all these restrictions as you mentioned is primarily to protect our collections of living plants (which is what makes us Botanical Garden as opposed to a park) as well as to ensure the enjoyment by everyone.

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Andrew

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Good spot to relax and have a nice pic nic, for sure you won´t regret spending half day there chatting with friends or family and enjoying the weather and views.

The paths are mostly wide and well taken care of, the area where you can have a picnic is big so you won´t have any issues of finding a good spot under a tree, at the grass or simply in some of the set up areas... There is also a restaurant that offers a decent variety of food and drinks with enough waitresses to avoid waiting for a long period. The food is good too.

Bad things? well, maybe the path that goes up the waterfall is quite steep, has no sings or very few and at the top you might expect to see the waterfall beginning but no.. only a nice view of Joburg and a path to continues to... "somewhere" (I went back).

To go there make sure you take sunscreen with you, a bottle to carry water, comfortable clothing and all the necessary stuff for you to have a chill day. There are some regulations at the entrance, make sure to read them, there is also lots of parking spots... if you are traveling with kids or older people, this is also a good option for you.

I hope you have fun and chill. :)

Thank Feds-Vargas
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Dear Feds-Vargas

Thanks for your kind review of our venue.

Kind regards
Andrew

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a lovely picnic spot. Restaurant food was ok. The setting and service are good. The grounds are impeccably kept. A great escape from the city. I did not do any major walks, nor did I see any major collections on this trip. It's advisable to get an early start for this one.

Thank malabarcaves
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Dear Malabarcaves

We thank you for kind review of our garden, we are also very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again.

Kind regards
Andrew

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