Where it is a picnic or a walk through the beautiful gardens you seek, the Durban Botanic Gardens is a great day outing for winter visitors. Picture: Stu Moffat.

While many people may want to snuggle on the couch as they binge watch television and indulge in comfort food during winter, it may be a good idea to venture outside once in a while.

Durban travellers should spend the day at the Durban Botanic Gardens. As  the oldest surviving botanic gardens in Africa and the city’s oldest public institution, Durban Botanical Gardens is rich in history.

Kerry Phillips of the Durban Botanical Gardens Trust said the garden was developed in 1849 as a botanic station for the trial of agricultural crops.

Since then, it has turned into an international institution that places emphasises on core areas of biodiversity, education, heritage, research, horticultural excellence and green innovation.

Entrance to the gardens are free.

Here are 5 things people can do at the Durban Botanic Gardens in winter:


Fancy a picnic under one of the trees? Picture: Supplied.

Picnics are popular for travellers this time of the year. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to set up a picnic. Those who seek privacy will enjoy the Sunken Gardens while those seeking some shade would appreciate a picnic under the tall trees that is scattered throughout the gardens.

Golf cart tour

Tour guide Vishnu Moodley is one of the people who conduct the golf cart tours. Picture: Supplied.

History buffs hoping to know more about the gardens can take a scenic golf cart tour. The tours take place every 30 minutes. Staff will give guests a tour of the gardens as they enlighten them on the history, plants and leisure spots it has on offer. The tours are priced at R100. A half price fee applies to pensioners and children.

Orchid House

The Orchid House is a great escape. Picture: Supplied.

The Orchid House is one of the most popular spots in the gardens. Many visitors love going there to view the blooms and enjoy the fresh smell of flowers. 

Host to a range of events

Music at the lake is one of their most popular events. Picture: Supplied.

Botanical Garden is well known for their Music at the Lake events. The outdoor event is a great way to network with other people and enjoy music. Their next installment on July 6 will feature global electro-jazz pioneers Goldfish, whose previous show was sold out in 2017.

For more information: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=4612264

Botanical Gardens will also host the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress  from July 16 to 18 as part of the city’s nationwide mid-year extensive focus on film. Registration is essential.

Birdwatching at the lake

Travellers will find solace when they watch the birds at the lake. Picture: Supplied.

If you want to unwind, try birdwatching at the lake. The gardens offer a vast range of birds, including spoonbills, pelicans and geese.

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