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!
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