Discover the enchanting Lowveld Botanical Gardens

Posted on 28 July 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

The Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Mpumalanga offers an enriching and delightful experience for those who visit.

It is a nature-lovers haven, where you can enjoy the plant life, incredible scenery, and birdlife that call these gardens home.

Reasons to visit Lowveld Botanical Gardens

  1. Diverse plant life: With an impressive collection of indigenous plant species, including endangered and rare plants, it is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and plant lovers.
  2. Seasonal highlights: Each season brings a unique display of colours and blooms, ensuring the gardens offer a year-round captivating experience.
  3. Abundant birdlife: Twitchers will be ‘twitching’ to find as many birds as possible. The gardens offer an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and photography.
  4. Breathtaking scenery: The Lowveld Botanical Gardens are nestled within the Lowveld region, surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning views of the mighty Crocodile and Nels River.
  5. Peaceful atmosphere: The gardens offer a tranquil escape from daily life. It provides a calming and peaceful environment to unwind and reconnect with nature.
  6. Water features: Enjoy the ambiance of water features and ponds scattered throughout the gardens, adding to the sense of serenity and natural beauty.

Activities and experiences:

  1. Birdwatching: As mentioned above, the gardens are a haven for twitchers. Its diverse array of bird species makes it a rewarding destination for bird species.
  2. Nature walks: The well-maintained walking trails meander through the gardens and allow you to explore the gardens and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  3. Aerial boardwalk: The aerial boardwalk is a suspended bridge that starts from the African Rain Forest and takes you to the Visitors’ Centre. Visitors can walk 4 m high into the Rain Forest Canopy and have a bird’s eye view of the Lowveld Botanical Gardens’s unique and tropical area.
  4. Guided tours: Take advantage of guided tours led by knowledgeable staff or volunteers who can provide valuable insights into plant life and garden conservation efforts.
  5. Waterfall viewpoints: The two rivers, Crocodile and Nels, converge in the gardens to form a waterfall that can be seen from the Cascades and the Nels Viewpoints.
  6. Picnics: Bring along a picnic basket and blanket and relax on the spacious lawns or under the trees. Kids can play in the Children’s Play Area while you enjoy a meal amid the natural beauty of the Lowveld Botanical Gardens.
  7. Tindlovu at the Gardens: If you don’t feel like making and packing a picnic basket, you can always enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant.

General information:

  • Entrance fee: R55 per adult
  • Operational hours: Summer | 8:00 – 18:00; Winter | 8:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Botanical Garden Ent Road, Off Madiba Drive, Riverside, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga
  • Website:

Pictures: Alamy

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