Lowveld National Botanical Gardens
Type: Botanical Gardens, Hiking, Picnics, Scenery
Opening TimesOpen daily from 8am to 6pm (September to March) and 8am to 5pm (April to August).
The Lowveld National Botanical Gardens are Nelspruit's main tourist attraction and stretch over 159 hectares across the Crocodile and Nels River. Ideally situated to be included in an itinerary when exploring the Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim's Rest, the Botanical Gardens are open daily and are a joy to visit at any time of the year. Both of the rivers create beautiful focal points within the garden as the Nel River plummets down as a waterfall before meeting the Crocodile River in a gentle pool. The average altitude in the gardens is 650m above sea level and the vegetation found naturally in the area is known as Sour Lowveld Bushveld; a mixture of the escarpment and the lowveld with a wide variety of trees and shrubs. The garden has over 600 naturally occurring plant species and a further 2000 species have been introduced. In particular, the gardens are well known for their enormous collection of cycads and the African rainforest environment that is created along the lush green river banks.