Lowveld National Botanical Garden

25 Hectares of Landscaped Garden

Riverside Trail

Magnificent lawns, indigenous trees and cycads make up the main 25 hectares of landscaped garden which is tucked within 169 hectares of idyllic natural beauty. Characterised by two rivers that converge to form spectacular waterfalls, this wonderful attraction is one of the best kept secrets of the Lowveld!

Forming part of SANBI’s (South African National Biodiversity Institute) network of nine National Botanical Gardens, it boasts one of the largest collections of South African fig trees. Abundant natural vegetation has attracted over 242 bird species with 75 species of reptile and amphibians recorded in the Garden. Vervet monkey, Dwarf mongoose, Tree squirrel, Thick-tailed bushbaby and even hippopotamus have been spotted!


The Tea Garden, famous for its Spicy Carrot Cake and Double Chocolate Cupcakes, enjoys a lush backdrop. The tranquil setting is also close to the children's play area so you can relax while the little ones explore.

Make a full day of it!

Take a walk through the enchanting African Rain Forest on the famous suspended bridge for the best view of the waterfall - the sub-tropical weather means that butterflies abound. Find a hidden spot to enjoy a good book or read the newspaper. Enjoy a long leisurely lunch under the big Old Fig Tree. Whatever you choose to do, it’s recommended that you make a full day of it.

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