Durban Botanical Gardens
The Durban Botanic Gardens is the oldest surviving botanical gardens in Africa. They were established on their current site in 1851.
The gardens cover 15 hectares and are situated on the Berea in the heart of Durban.
Although the gardens have had many different curators in their long history the most significant one was John Medley Wood. He was the curator from 1882 to 1913 and a statue has been erected in his honour.Accommodation in Durban
The Durban Botanic Gardens are home to many different plant species from around the world. Their are collections of orchids, cycads and ferns.
One of the main features of the gardens is a small dam which attracts numerous species of waterbirds including African Spoonbill, Sacred Ibis, Pink-backed Pelican, Egyptian Goose, Common Moorhen, Grey Heron and Malachite Kingfisher to name a few.
Their is a small tea garden where various meals and drinks are served.
Every month or so the gardens are the venue for music concerts featuring popular local artists.Besides the amazing plants and trees (and the scones at the tea garden) one of the other main attractions is the water birds. One can get really close to some of them so it makes for a great place to practise your bird photography.
Above - an immature Grey Heron hunts at the waters edge
Below - an Egyptian Goose preens in the water Above and below - The Orchid House has a spectacular display of orchids.
Some species to look for:
References and further readingFamily Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 64
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 114
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 158
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 84