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One of South Africa’s top botanical gardens, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort is also one of the prettiest and a regular winner of the Gauteng Province’s ‘Best place to get back to nature’ award. The diversity of colourful plant life and scenic setting make it a popular weekend sanctuary for city dwellers.
The garden is named after Walter Sisulu, a political activist who, like his good friend Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Rivonia Trial of 1964 and spent over a quarter of a century imprisoned. He died in 2003 and was given an official burial.
Central to the garden is the Witpoortjie Falls, surrounded by naturally occurring flora. Look out for a pair of Black Eagles that nest beside the falls, the splashes of white guano on the rocky cliff face giving away their location. From here, the Geological Interpretive Trail gives walkers a chance to climb to an... Show more