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Durban Botanic Gardens

Sydenham Rd, Musgrave 031-309-1170 www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za free

S 29 50.873 E 031 00.490

Durban Botanic Gardens was founded in 1849 as a testing site for potential commercial crops and today contains beautifully diverse vegetation and an arboretum displaying plants from Africa, Asia and the Americas. The orchids and cycad collection are impressive, but don't miss the award-winning Garden of the Senses or lush Sunken Garden. The gardens are an ideal place for a picnic or you can grab a coffee and snack at the lovely Tea Garden (10am-4pm Mon, 9am-4pm Tues-Sun), where all profits are donated to the KZN Anti-TB Association. Every Sunday the gardens are transformed into a live concert venue through the popular Music at the Lake, which features contemporary South African musicians and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. For the current lineup check online or call 031-202-5819.

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