I’ve always wanted a house with a ginormous tree in the middle of a secret garden, where I can sit and enjoy my assortment of teas and read a good romantic novel. I share this because it came to me like an epiphany when I first paid a visit to these breathtaking botanicals.
Today, we take a detour to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden and the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. These are Jozi’s most beautiful spots to visit with the family, for a romantic picnic or just a peaceful space to help you unwind.
Photo by Shane Wilken
Walter Sisulu Botanical
Having given it the nickname “Eden“, you can only imagine the beauty that this botanical bestows upon our fellow South Africans and tourists.
Situated in the Wild West of Joburg, this amazing garden sits in Roodepoort, and is definitely worth visiting. You will feel like you are far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is like a world of its own – so you are left without excuse but to feel revitalised.
Those who are regulars will tell you about the amazing events that take place at Walter Sisulu Botanical. This includes an awesome night market with amazing stalls and food to explore. It certainly not your average garden, boasting a super waterfall about 70m high, surrounded by beautiful greens and hiking trails.
There is a lot to do besides having a picnic. The garden is diverse with trail walk areas, a restaurant, bird and butterfly gardens and more.
Things to look forward to include:
- Black Eagle viewing
- Waterfall viewing
- Wild Flower walks
Johannesburg Botanical Garden
Better known to Joburgers as Emmarentia, this amazing botanical garden hides its awesomeness really well until you take a stroll.
Tons of families flock to this spot on weekends, and some as far as Soweto come here to enjoy time out during the public holidays.
The botanical garden is filled with interesting features, from a Chapel Garden (known as one of the cheapest wedding venues around) to the Shakespearean Garden that is filled with awesome herbs such lavender, marjoram, chamomile and mint. Not only that, but this spot also boasts a rose garden filled with over 10 000 roses.
One of my favourites has to be the Library, stocked with well over 1 000 books.
Which botanical to choose?
Both. These awesome botanical gardens offer something unique to its own and well!