Get outside and enjoy South Africa’s gardens in 2021

If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors this summer, why not try one of South Africa’s botanical gardens? With the beaches closed until the end of the lockdown, visiting a stunning botanical garden or hiking trail is a great alternative. Get your family or friends together and try one of these options in the coming weeks:

Visit South Africa’s botanical gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beauty and diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary indigenous flora in the magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Tickets range from: R40 – R75.

Your ticket is valid for 31 days from the day you have selected.

For more information go to www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1982, these gardens actually trace their roots back to the 1800s. Voted the best place to get back to nature in Gauteng for 9 years in a row, this site boasts natural vegetation, the ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland’, which consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna. With its dense bush, visitors can spot over 600 plant species. A pair of Verreaux’s eagles nest on the waterfall’s cliffs.

Tickets cost: R60.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort

For more information, visit https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu/

Botanical Society of South Africa

Support and protect one of South Africa’s natural wonders. The Botanical Society of South Africa is offering citizen scientists, amateur nature enthusiasts, the general public and environmental experts the opportunity to help address the biodiversity challenges across the country. Become a member and help raise awareness about the importance of conservation.

Annual tickets start from: R326

For more information go to https://botanicalsociety.org.za/

Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain Cableway invites visitors to enjoy the finest view of the ‘Mother City.’ Tickets are valid for 7 days from the chosen date. It’s worth checking the weather, before visiting this venue. The site states: “For online up and down one-way tickets, the Cableway may close at any time due to strong winds. Always allow enough time to walk up and down.”

Tickets range from: R100 – R380

Get more information at http://www.tablemountain.net/

Hiking at Mont Rochelle

Situated in the Franschhoek Mountains, visitors will enjoy stunning views of the Franschhoek Valley and the reservoir with plenty of plant life. Choose walks or hikes to suit your fitness level. They range from hour walks to day hikes. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this scenic outing is not to be missed by hikers and nature lovers alike.

Tickets range from: R50 – R300

Rules of the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (MRNR) during lockdown

For more information, go to www.montrochellehiking.co.za

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