Roodepoort, South Africa
Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort
PO Box 2194, Wilropark, 1731
Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden (previously called the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden) covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld areas. The history of the Garden shows that it was founded in 1982, but has been a popular venue for outings since the 1800's.
A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. The Garden is home to an abundance of wildlife. Together with the other 220 bird species, there are also a number of reptile and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal, which occur naturally in the Nature Reserve.
Several short walks run through the Garden and the surrounding natural areas. The JCI Geological Trail gives visitors the opportunity to not only walk along the Roodekrans Ridge and in the Nature Reserve portion of the Garden, but also to learn something about the fascinating geology of the area. Guided tours can be arranged for groups.
An outcomes-based schools' environmental education programme running in the Garden caters for school groups.
Various capital development projects are in progress. The curio shop and the nursery are currently closed. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. The new Eagle's Fare restaurant opened in August 2004. The upgraded Random Harvest Nursery and new Isitiya Gift and Book Shop opened in October 2004. All of these facilities are open daily.
The Garden is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00, no entry after 17:00. Entrance fees are R15 for adults and R7 for students/scholars. Free entrance for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Botanical Society members have free entrance to the Garden. A surcharge is levied on special events days. If you are not sure of how to find us, print out our Directions and Map of how to get to the Garden.
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