Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:33 PM
Well over a hundred years old, the Durbs Botanic Gardens is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden. Situated in the heart of the Berea on KwaZulu-Natal’s east coast, the gardens span an area over 15 hectares and boast several gardens within one.
Family fun for everyone, it makes the perfect place to reconnect with the wonders of nature. Pack a picnic basket, brimming with all of your favourite treats and while away the hours on rolling lawns of luscious green beneath the shade of towering trees.
You’ll find almost every kind of plant you can imagine; from the ones we eat, to the ones we use to clothe ourselves, and even the stranger kinds you’ve probably never heard of. The main plant collections include cycads, orchids, bromeliads, and palms, and visitors can also experience the Garden of the Senses.
Make sure to check out the heritage trees – some of which are a staggering one-hundred-years old! Along with an abundance of flora, the garden is home to around 50 bird species. Avid birders are sure to tick some species off of their list.
Whether you’re a child, university student, seasoned plant-lover, or just someone interested to know more about the fascinating world of plants, you won’t be short on intriguing facts and learning material at the Durbs Botanic Gardens.