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Lowveld National Botanical Garden

South Africa - Mpumalanga - Nelspruit

Institution Code: NBGL

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Lowveld National Botanical Garden

Parastatal organisation (SANBI) under the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa

Rugged, rocky river scenery is the perfect, spectacular setting for Nelspruit's main tourist attraction, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, situated in the heart and at the hub of Mpumalanga. The 159 ha garden straddles the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. Viewed from the air, it is clear that the two Rivers dominate the scene and determine the character of this Garden. The Crocodile surges through a narrow, solid rock gorge that has been scoured out and pot-holed over millennia, while the Nels River tumbles down a waterfall from the west, to converge with the Crocodile in a serene pool on a bend in the river.

Main Address:
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
P.O.Box 1024, NELSPRUIT 1200, South Africa.
Mpumalanga South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)13 752 5531
Fax: +27 (0)13 752 6216
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Avhatakali Mamatsharaga
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
  • Date founded: 1969
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 134 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 25 Hectares
  • Total Area: 159 Hectares
    Latitude: -25.4500
    Longitude: 30.4833
    Annual Rainfall: 750 mm
    Altitude: 640.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 200 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: Off R40 - White River Road, Nelspruit
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 7
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 15
  • Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: N
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 50000
    Number of Volunteers: 8

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1500
  • Special Collections:Cycads mainly South African as well as trees of southern Africa 720 species. Cycads - genus Encephalartos

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Education: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y