Seasons: Summer at Walter Sisulu NBG

Summer season

Summers are warm with temperatures often reaching above 30°C and occasional thunder showers in the late afternoons.

The Garden is at its best during late spring and summer when most of the flowering shrubs come into bloom. The Pride-of-De-Kaap (Bauhinia galpinii) with its unusual brick-red flowers makes a lovely show. The mauve blue flowers of the wild phlox (Jamesbrittenia grandiflora) and Dissotis sp. are a delight for many weeks. One of the highlights of summer are the scarlet river lilies (Hesperantha coccinea)which line the stream near the restaurant and produce bright red flowers in mid-summer. The wild banana (Ensete vetricosum) with its giant leaves makes a magnificent show along the Water Garden. Arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are also to be found in flower.

Common sugar bushes (Protea caffra) are abundant on the north-east facing slopes of the Garden. These naturally occurring trees produce attractive heads of flowers throughout the summer months and provide a constant source of nectar to a wide variety of birds. Cuckoos are an integral part of the Garden in summer and it seems as if there is no place to hide from their persistent calls. Listen out for the Red-chested Cuckoo, Diederik Cuckoo, Klaas's Cuckoo and the Black Cuckoo from the beginning of October. The striking Southern Red Bishops start to build their nests in the bulrushes and reeds around the Sasol Dam and wetland areas. The male birds can often been seen trying to impress a future mate.


In the ponds in the wetland area, look out for the large flowers of the indigenous water lily (Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea) and the smaller star-shaped yellow flowers of the small yellow water lily (Nymphoides indica).

Average Min/Max Temperatures (Centigrade)

  Dec Jan Feb


13.7 14.6 14.3
Max. 29.2 29.4 28.8

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Last updated on 20 July 2015
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