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JJust 30km west of the Johannesburg city centre is an amazingly quaint experience fondly known as the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden.
Formerly known as Witswaterstrand National Botanical Garden, the 300-hectare garden is home to a number of rare bird species, which you can spot while lying peacefully on the lush green lawns that date back to 1982. It has been a popular venue for outings ever since and has been voted the best place for a nature escape in Gauteng for several years.
Take your time when visiting this special part of Gauteng. There is a wonderful nursery, a gift and bookshop and a restaurant; and over Christmas and on selected weekends, the grounds play host to sundowner concerts. The star of the show is the garden itself with a succulent rockery, a cycad garden and a water garden with water-loving plants. Take the whole family, this outing is for everyone!
UUpon visiting the garden’s Witpoortjie Waterfall, you’re afforded an incredible opportunity to lay your eyes on a nesting pair of Verreaux's (black) eagles that call the cliffs near the waterfall home. This is the only known pair of Verreaux's eagles in Johannesburg.