Entrance fees

Adult: R55
Student: R35
Pensioner: Free entry on Tuesdays
Child: R15
Botanical Society members: 10% discount
Children under 6 years: Free
SANBI annual membership fees (excluding special events)

  • R800 per adult
  • R400 per child
  • R600 per student

Contact Information

Operational hours

  • Mon-Sun:07h00-18h00
  • 365 days a year

Office hours

  • Mon-Fri; 07h00-13h00 &14h00-16h30

Nursery hours

  • Monday – Friday 09:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 15:30 (Only peak season)

Home to South Africa’s succulent plant diversity

Spring 2016

The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden is a truly unique garden. It cultivates and displays a wide variety of arid and semi-arid plants. The 154 hectare Garden lies at the foot of the Hex River Mountain range, 120 km north of Cape Town. Only 11 hectares are cultivated and the remaining 143 hectares are comprised of natural vegetation. The Shale trail, Grysbokkie trail and the Heuweltjie trail are the three hiking trails we have in the garden. The most popular time to visit the Garden is during spring, when the annuals and vygies (mesembs) are in flower. The best time to see the spring flowers is from late July till late September.

The Garden is also home to a large succulent collection. Please contact the office to pre-arrange a guided tour if you wish to see this collection.


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  • Roux Rd, Panorama, (off National Rd), Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Worcester, 6849

GPS Co-ordinates:

  • 19°27’01.7″E 33°37’00.2″S
  • Long 19.44976 Lat -33.61217
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