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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
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$158.16*
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Overall its a nice day for a outing ,pleasant ,security seems good ,also i lke the fact that the different plants are marked and very clean ,think the asking price is a little steep ,maybe in a way keeps a lot of the crowds away ,waterfall is very pretty ,also for those wishing to get a meal inside there is a restaurant . Cost of R 30 per adult to enter the park, as a photographer there are some amazing shots to be captured

Thank graham a
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Dear Graham A

Thank you very much for writing a review for the Botanical Gardens, we hear your concern that the entrance fee is high, although our market research indicates that in terms of similar safe outdoor nature/ education venues we are still one of the most cost effective to visit in Gauteng.

We value your comments and hope that you will visit us again soon.

Kind regards
Andrew

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have been there a few times, this time my wife and I took our granddaughters. We hiked right to the top of the waterfall and further on the round trip. We could hardly catch up to the girls. This time we did not see the black eagles, but the view from the top was lovely.

We ended our visit with an ejoyable lunch at the restaurant in the garden. A lovely place to enjoy the plants, birds and waterfall (and the black eagles when they are around).

Thank Erwin M
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Dear ErwinM

Thank you for your review of the Botanical Gardens, we are extremely happy that you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you back again soon.

Kind regards
Andrew

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Lovely botanic park - perfect place for breakfast. Food was nice too. Sit outside on a sunny day.

One suggestion: waive the park's entrance fee for those eating at the restaurant

1  Thank NautieZA
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Dear NautieZA

Thank you for your review, unfortunately it is logistically not possible to waive the entrance fee for patrons who use the restaurant. It is costly to run a garden facility and we do need to subsidize our costs using the entrance fees.

We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit and hope to hear from you and see you again soon.

Kind regards
Andrew

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I have been here a few times and each time has been just wonderful. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and perfect for picnics or just relaxing. There are plenty of trees to get shade from and a small stream that adds to the ambiance. There is also a restaurant and other venues on the grounds in the event you wanted to host something there. The first time I visited we purchased a basket with food and drinks which was a nice touch to the picnic experience. A wonderful place to unwind and take in the nature. Will always be a place to visit in the warmer months.

Thank kramn
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear Kramn

Thank you for your kind review, don't hesitate to also visit us during the sunny winter months also we look forward to seeing you again.

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Andrew

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you are in Johannesburg, and you miss a day out at this safe, peaceful, snapshot of what the Witwatersrand looked like 100 years ago, then you cannot go home and say you have experienced the city.
What do you get to see for a few Rand (ZAR) and safe parking?
An outstanding and dramatic geological section through a prehistoric fault
Mature indigenous trees from the area
A wide selection of Aloes, Cycads and many other indigenous flora
The Black Eagle's nesting place
A wide variety of birdlife
A long safe walk in the sun (and shade)
Vast open picnic ground under trees
Lots of interesting nooks streams and running place for kids of all ages
The beautiful Witpoortjie Falls up close
Peace and quiet in the city precinct
A good lunch at a really good restaurant
Satisfaction at the end of a healthy and interesting day out
PS there is an indigenous nursery attached to the gardens for those who want to take something home.

Thank McClureJohannesburg
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Lithopman, Manager at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2013

Dear McClureJohannesburg

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very grateful that you mentioned the natural history of Johannesburg and that it should be conserved and valued, all too often people just take it for granted. We hope to see you in the Botanical Gardens again soon.

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Andrew

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