Durban Botanical Gardens
About the Birding
Covering an area of over 50 hectares, the Durban National Botanical Gardens lies at the base of Berea between the St Thomas and Sydenham Roads and boasts park-like gardens featuring many interesting plants from across South Africa and further afield. Worthy of mention are the peace and beauty of these gardens with sunny lawns, huge trees, and colourful plants in a rich forest-like setting. Additional to this is a small lake fringed with interesting plants including Papyrus, ornamental Banana, and Raffia Palms.
About the Birding Site
The eThekwini Metropolitan Area (Durban) is a major harbour city situated on the east coast of South Africa. It serves as the most accessible port of entry into the KwaZulu-Natal province with daily flights to all other major cities in South Africa, and further afield (e.g. Mauritius, Dubai). The city and surrounding towns are popular among holidaymakers, given the sub-tropical climate and extensive beaches along the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the city falls within a global biodiversity hotspot – the Maputaland-Pondolona-Albany (MPA) Hotspot.
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If approaching from the North, take the Argyle Road exit and turn north to follow Argyle Road. After several blocks, turn left into Cowey Road. Travel for roughly 1km, before turning left down Sydenham Road. After a short way, follow the signs to the right to the Visitor’s Centre.