We are migrating to a cashless system. As from April 1, 2022, we will no longer be accepting cash when paying the entrance fee.
Make sure you bring your card, as there will be no exceptions. Our speedpoint accepts all cards.

Entrance fees

Adult: R50
Student: R35
Pensioner: R40 (No free Tuesdays for pensioners)
Child: R20
Botanical Society members: R45
Increase in April 2023

Other fees

  • Dog Walking Annual permit: R180
  • Adhoc dog walking: R5
  • Table: R50
  • Wooden bench: R50
  • King and Queen chairs: R50 each
  • Pallet: R30 each
  • Plastic chair: R5

Stakeholder Events with special price or complementary access

  • Happy Earth Forum
  • Botanical Society
  • Department of environmental Affairs
  • Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (Art in the Park)
  • Cycad Society
  • Prestbury SAPS
  • Clivia Pre – primary school
  • PMB & District Community Chest

Charities and other NPO’s are eligible to get discounted rates upon formal request and written approval by the Curator and such discount must not exceed 25%. 

Note: A negotiated discount for any organisation to a maximum of 25% may be given for all venues subject to approval by the Garden Manager (This excludes plant and admission fees).

The garden has banned balloons on the premises

Balloons and single-use plastics are two of the most dangerous pollutants in the world. They don’t biodegrade, but stay in the environment for hundreds of years. Birds and other animals mistake them for food, and end up dying. Burst balloon pieces become a choking hazard to children and can be deadly. After careful deliberation the KZN National Botanical Garden has decided to ban the use of balloons, for the safety of our habitat, wildlife and children visiting the Garden.

From Wednesday 1 September 2021, all types of balloons will be prohibited in the garden. No visitor will be allowed to bring balloons for any type of celebration within the Garden premises.

Wedding and group photoshoots

Wedding groups charge per head as per the above price structure.

Operational hours

Monday – Sunday

  • 1 May-30 Sept: 09h00-17h30
  • 1 Oct -30 Apr: 09h00-18h00

Conserving our floral heritage

clivia in spring

Flowering every season of the year, KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden is a garden with grandeur and charm, offering visitors an experience of nature’s authenticity with the striking Plane Tree AvenueNatural ForestInsect HotelClivia Dam and theme gardens including the popular Zulu Demonstration Garden, Cycad Garden and a Permaculture Garden. A host of indigenous flora and fauna also make a visit to this Garden a worthwhile experience. The Garden, which boasts a Children’s Play Area, is one of only a few SANBI National Botanical Gardens that has braai facilities.

Zulu Demonstration Garden

The KZN National Botanical Garden was established in 1874 in response to the growing demand for tree seedlings in the Natal Midlands. The focus of the Garden is to collect, display and promote the conservation of plants of the eastern grasslands, in particular the genera CliviaGerberaKniphofia and Watsonia. A section of the Garden is planted specifically to attract birds which, along with other diverse habitats, make the Garden rich in bird life, with over 183 species recorded. The Garden is also an ideal recreational place for friends and families to relax and create fun–filled memories.


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2 Swartkops Rd, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Postal address

P.O Box 21667
Mayor’s Walk

GPS Co-ordinates:

30°20’50.4″E 29°36’24.8″ S
Long 30.34734 Lat -29.60690

Tel.: +27(0)33 344 3585
Weekends and holidays: 081 324 6018
Fax: +27(0)27 33 344 1284
Email: KZN-NBG@sanbi.org.za

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