Durban Botanic Gardens

Durban Botanical Gardens

Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens lie between the City of Durban and the suburb of Berea on the hill behind. The Gardens were started in 1849 and, like the Gardens in Cape Town, were intended to provide food and medicinal plants for the settlement. Today the Gardens hold important collections, including the Cycads and Palms, and undertake research and conservation in addition to providing relaxation for the local people. The Gardens should be a stop on everyone’s tourist trail – and the Café has marvellous cream teas!

The Cycad Collection is wonderful – I could have photographed for hours, and then returned day after day for more!

Cycads in Durban Botanical Gardens

Cycads in Durban Botanical Gardens

Cycads in Durban Botanical Gardens

Cycads in Durban Botanical Gardens

The lake draws people – when I visited there were wedding parties, picnics, birds and their young – and beautiful lotus flowers.

The lake, Durban Botanic Gardens

The lake, Durban Botanic Gardens

Lotus flowers at the lake, Durban Botanical Gardens

Lotus flowers at the lake, Durban Botanical Gardens

Lotus flowers at the lake, Durban Botanical Gardens

Lotus flowers at the lake, Durban Botanical Gardens

The trees in the Gardens are amazing. This banyan tree was walking and growing and spreading.

The Banyan Tree, Durban Botanical Gardens

The Banyan Tree, Durban Botanical Gardens

The Banyan Tree, Durban Botanical Gardens

The Banyan Tree, Durban Botanical Gardens

Copper Stemmed Corkwood

Copper Stemmed Corkwood

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

Trees in Durban Botanic Gardens

The amphitheatre is in a corner of the Gardens – you can easily miss it.

The Amphitheatre, Durban Botanical Gardens

The Amphitheatre, Durban Botanical Gardens

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The palms are planted around the Gardens, and in Avenues.

Palm in Durban Botanic Gardens

Palm in Durban Botanic Gardens

Palm Avenue in the Durban Botanical Gardens

Palm Avenue in the Durban Botanical Gardens

I loved being in these Gardens – do not miss them if you are in Durban!

7 thoughts on “Durban Botanic Gardens

  1. My daughter lived in a flat opposite these gardens about 20 years ago and I loved walking in them each morning when I visited her. The cycads are amazing and I loved the ibis wandering around too. I think there was an orchid house there then too, but I don’t recall the amphitheatre.

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