Durban Botanic Gardens

9A John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, Durban


The Durban Botanic Gardens (DBG) traces its origins to colonial times, when it was founded in 1849 for the introduction and trial of potentially useful commercial crops. The gardens later developed collections of sub-tropical trees, palms and orchids. The Durban Botanic Gardens remains a classic botanic gardens, reflecting the universality of the plant kingdom. It has, for over 100 years, had a fine mixed arboretum of African, Asian and American trees. The Gardens hosts approximately 500 000 visitors per year, many of whom are foreign tourists.

Visitors Complex
The Visitors complex consists of a Gift shop, Information Office, Administration offices, the NBS Education Centre and a boardroom, surrounded by an indigenous garden. There are also ramps and ablution facilities to accommodate the disabled.

The Shop
Durban Botanic Gardens Shop, situated at the east end of the Gardens, offers a wide variety of gifts, both for overseas and local visitors. Zulu baskets, beadwork and specialist books on South African flora and fauna are our speciality.

The Boardroom
The boardroom can accommodate 15 people and has access to all the equipment.

The Hall
This versatile venue is suitable for conferences, product launches, workshops, exhibitions and weddings.The hall is 18m x 13.2m and can accommodate 200 delegates cinema and banquet style.

Birds at the Durban Botanic Gardens
The Durban Botanic Gardens boasts a large variety of birdlife, especially water birds that can be seen around the lake area. Regular bird counts are held at the Gardens.

The Lake area
Enjoy your function under the umbrella of majestic, grand old trees surrounding the Lake. the scenic Lake Area can accommodate up to 750 people in a marquee on the lawn. This area is available for larger functions and cocktail parties. Three-phased electricity and water are available in this area.

Garden of the Senses
A unique setting, the Garden of the Senses won the award for the best garden of the year award for 2003 from the South African Landscape Institute. The area is beautifully paved making for easy access.

Sunken Garden
This beautiful floral structured garden is well worth a visit.

The Fern Dell
The Fern Dell has been upgraded and has a veiwing deck and "next door" is another veiwing deck at the original resivoir site, allowing magnificent vistas over the Gardens.

The Durban Botanic Gardens Tea Garden
This is a restful oasis, where family and friends can rejuvenate and soak up the beauty that surrounds them, while sipping a cuppa and tasting the delicious eats that the Tea Garden has to offer. Be sure to try out their Famous "Crumpets and Scones with the WORKS".

Dogs on leash are allowed.