Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Durban Botanical Garden, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Established in 1849.  On 14.5-Ha in the heart of Durban. This lush tropical garden is the oldest botanical garden in Africa. A safe environment in which to enjoy the African climate among the tropical splendour of indigenous and exotic flora.  The following plants form the main collections in the gardens:

•    Orchids (indigenous and exotic)
•    Palms (indigenous and exotic)
•    Cycads (indigenous and exotic), and
•    Bromeliads (exotic).

Volunteer groups conduct general tours of the gardens on the last Sunday of every month at 09h30. Tours can be pre booked through the Information Centre. The following theme tours are currently available:

•    Birds
•    Lake life
•    Gymnosperms and angiosperms
•    Plants of the Bible
•    History of the gardens, and
•    Art and minibeasts

Park Rangers are on duty between 09h00 and 18h00 daily, and security guards on a 24-hour basis.  There are also security guards in the car park from 08h00 to 17h00 daily. The gardens are open daily from 07h30 to 17h15 in winter and 07h30 to 17h45 in summer.  The Information Centre is open daily from 09h00 to 16h30.  The gardens are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Durban is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. Travel west on Smith Street away from the Marine Parade. Turn right into Botanic Gardens Road and right into Edith Crescent. The entrance is in Edith Crescent, close to Greyville Racecourse. BADurban

Contct:            Box 3740 Durban 4000
+27 (31) 201 1303 telephone Curator’s Office
+27 (31) 201 7382 fax Curator’s Office
+27 (31) 201 3022 telephone Information Centre

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