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The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Krugersdorp, Gauteng

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit, if just for the peace and tranquility that the nearly 300ha Garden offers. One of eight National Botanical Gardens in South Africa, managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Garden is also a delight that preserves and shows off some of the rich floral biodiversity of South Africa in both natural ‘veld’ (grassland) and landscaped gardens.

The Garden has been voted the best place to get back to nature in Gauteng for 9 years in a row. It is considered the best ‘picnic spot’ in Gauteng, not least because of the magnificent Witpoortjie Waterfall where you can see the nesting Verraux Eagles and take a dip in the natural plunge pool.

However, there is much more to do here besides picnic under the unequaled blue of the Highveld sky. Walks and leafy forest trails beckon after-picnic strolls or even working off your lunch. Outdoor music concerts are held on Sundays, and children’s activities such as ‘bug hunts’ keep little ones busy. Guided botanical tours are offered daily, and there is also a restaurant for those who didn’t pack a picnic basket.

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Getting there: The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are situated on the outskirts of Roodepoort. Take the N14/R563 north out of Johannesburg. End of Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort, Gauteng

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