The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Afrikaans name: Walter Sisulu Nasionale Botaniese Tuin

Walter Sisulu Gardens

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Today we know this beautiful place as the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden but it started out in 1982 as the Transvaal National Botanic Garden. In 1987 it was first opened to the public and was renamed to the Witwatersrand National Botanic Garden. In 2004 the garden was renamed to its current name as a tribute to Walter Sisulu, a prominent figure in the freedom struggle, who passed away in 2003.

One of the standout features of the garden is the Witpoortjie Falls. The reserve is also well-known as a breeding spot for a pair of Verreaux's Eagles. The Eagle's Fare Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a meal or get some refreshments.

There are numerous paths leading through the extensive garden. The garen is divided up into various sections including the Water Garden, Succulent Rockery, Cycad Garden, Geological Garden, Forest Walk and Mountain View Walk.

A popular activity, especially on the weekend, is to have a picnic on one of the many lawns. There is also a concert stage and events are held here from time to time.

Other facilities at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden include a retail nursery, gift shop and education centre.

The garden is located at the end of Malcolm Road in Poortview, Roodepoort.

On your visit to Walter Sisulu what did you enjoy the most?

Entrance to the gardens

Above - Entrance to the garden

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Train for the kids

Above - Kids can catch a ride through the gardens

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - A beautiful display of aloes

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - Restaurant in the gardens

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng - Author: Etienne Marais and Faansie Peacock - Published: 2008 - Page: 38

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 103

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 169

Getaway - Vol 29 No 12 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 63

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 183

Country Life - Issue 254 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 56

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Published: 2015 - Page: 128

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Published: 2007 - Page: 21


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