Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort, West Rand, Central Gauteng.

It covers almost 300-Ha of both landscaped and natural veld areas.  The Witpoortjie Waterfall provides a magnificent backdrop to the garden.  It was founded in 1982, but has been a popular holiday venue since the 1800’s. The vegetation in the area is known as “rocky highveld grassland” and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savannah, with dense bush in the kloofs and along streams.  The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species.

A breeding pair of black eagles nest in the cliffs alongside the waterfall and the garden is home to an abundance of wildlife. Together with the 230 bird species, there are also a number of reptiles and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal that occur naturally in the Nature Reserve.  A webcam of the eagles can be seen on the website  Other features include:

•    Clivia Café. This restaurant is in the heart of the garden in the shade of two magnificent white stinkwood trees. The restaurant is open daily and serves breakfasts, teas and lunches.
•    Plant nursery. Indigenous plants are available from the specialist garden centre, Random Harvest.
•    Bushwillow Store. Stocks a number of mementoes and books with a southern African environmental theme.
•    Hikes. Several short walks through the garden and surrounding natural areas.  The JCI Geological Trail was developed recently and gives visitors the opportunity to walk along the Roodekrans Ridge and the Nature Reserve, but also to learn something of the fascinating geology of the area.  Guided tours for groups can be arranged.
•    Environmental education programme for school children.
•    Winter lunchtime picnic concerts
•    Garden club meetings
•    Carols by candlelight are held in the gardens each Christmas.
•    Witpoortjie Waterfall.  The surrounding cliffs reveal the fascinating geology of the area.
•    Black eagles. The only pair of nesting black eagles in urban Johannesburg.
•    Sasol Dam and Wetland. Take a walk along the boardwalk through the wetland and visit the bird hide.
•    Cycad Garden. A collection of these ancient plants from all over South Africa.
•    Water Garden. A series of ponds and water loving plants flows past the restaurant.
•    Walks and Trails. Through both natural and landscaped areas.

Open daily from 08h00 to 18h00.  Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, West Rand.  AAWit

Contct:            Box 2194 Wilropark 1731
+27 (11) 958 1750 telephone
+27 (11) 958 1752 fax

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