Seasons: Winter at Walter Sisulu NBG

The Succulent Rockery is particularly beautiful during winter when most of the aloes are in full bloom. A variety of birds, including the magnificent Malachite Sunbird, feed on the nectar from showy plants such as Aloe cryptopoda which has attractive bi-coloured flowers.

The pair of Verreaux's Eagles (Black Eagles) that are resident in the Garden raise their young at this time of the year and you may be fortunate enough to see them with their newly hatched chicks. On the rocks at the waterfall the krantz aloes (Aloe arborescens) start to flower with their striking heads of red and yellow flowers.


Walk through the Garden and appreciate the pale stems of the white stinkwoods (Celtis africana) and river bushwillows (Combretum erythrophyllum), which have an eerie, almost skeletal appearance.

Winters on the Highveld are mild with sunny blue skies during the day and occasional frost in the mornings. Picnic concerts featuring a variety of performers are held in the Garden on alternate Sundays from May - September.

At the end of winter, the common wild pear (Dombeya rotundifolia) can be seen from afar by its axillary clusters of white to pale pink flowers. The sagewood (Buddleja salviifolia) promises the onset of spring and bursts into flower, filling the air with its fragrant scent.

Average Min/Max Temperatures (Centigrade)

  June July Aug


2.1 1.7 4.5


19.9 20.1 23.0

Explore Walter Sisulu NBG through the seasons:



Last updated on 30 January 2015
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