One of the great escapes of Johannesburg, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Gauteng, is almost 300 hectares of landscaped and natural veld that is a haven for birds and a popular picnic spot for Jbergers!
This beautiful garden, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this is still the home of a breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles that nest in the cliffs alongside the waterfall and no visit is complete until they have been sited. Enthusiasts arrive armed with telephoto lenses and tripod stands in an effort to capture these beautiful birds, and will sit for hours until they appear.
My grandson was having fun with this turtle,which was indeed moving faster than normal..I thought it was running a race with a Rabbit!
The garden is a nice picnic spot…With over 600 plant species and 220 bird species, as well as a number of reptile and small mammals such as antelope and jackals.There are several wonderful walks through the garden and a trail up alongside the waterfall for the not so faint hearted.
There is a lot of shaded lawn on which Jo’burgers while away balmy days with a bring-along picnic. The gardens have adopted a ‘carry-in carry-out’ litter policy that means you take home any rubbish with you..
We had to rush out with 5 month old babies,with trash on hands to beat a suddenly engulfing thunderstorm…it was Fun!
Basically Jbrg is greenery all around with mountains and molehills!
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