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KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal - Pietermaritzburg

Institution Code: NBGN

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

London Plane Tree Avenue, planted in 1908
London Plane Tree Avenue, planted in 1908

About the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

Parastatal organisation (SANBI) under the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

The beautiful and tranquil KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden specialises in the conservation of plants from the eastern region of South Africa and of rare and endangered species from elsewhere. Established in 1874, the Garden's Victorian past is evident in its magnificent specimens of northern hemisphere plants, such as the swamp cypress, tulip trees, camphor trees, plane trees, giant figs and magnolias. One of the finest features of the Garden is the avenue of London plane trees, which has been stunning visitors since 1908. Take a virtual tour of the Garden to see its highlights, or visit it season by season.

The focus of the Garden is to collect, display and promote the conservation of plants of the eastern grasslands, in particular the genera Kniphofia, Watsonia and Dierama.

A section of the Garden is planted specifically to attract birds which, along with other diverse habitats, makes the Garden rich in bird life, with over 180 species recorded.

Main Address:
KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden
South African National Biodiversity Institute
P.O.Box 21667, Mayors Walk
KwaZulu-Natal 3208 South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0) 33 344 3585
Fax: +27 (0) 33 344 1284
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mr Christopher Willis
    Curator's Name: Mr Gcina Allen Nene
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1874
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 40 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 12 Hectares
  • Total Area: 52 Hectares
    Latitude: -29.6075
    Longitude: 30.3480
    Annual Rainfall: 900 mm
    Altitude: 700.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: None

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Y
  • Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 60000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:About 80% of the Garden area is natural vegetation of Ngongoni Veld, with dominant Trimeria grandiflora, Combretum kraussii, Halleria lucida, Themeda triandra and Aristida junciformis. About 75% of the plants in the collection are indigenous.

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: N
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Horticulture: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
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