Lowveld NBG: Visitor Information
Facilites for the disabled
The pathways in the Garden were laid out with our physically challenged visitors in mind, specifically those in wheelchairs and those who find it difficult to walk. Approximately 70% of the developed section of Garden is accessible by wheelchair. This includes access to the Restaurant, conference facilities, Tea Garden and concert stage, as well as one of our waterfall viewpoints and a section of the Sappi Aerial Boardwalk in the African Rain Forest.
Although the entrance to the nursery is accessible via wheelchair, pathways in the nursery are rather narrow. Assistance in choosing plants is available if requested - plants can be brought to you at the nursery entrance for viewing.
Restrooms that accommodate our disabled visitors are available at both entrances as well as at the Tea Garden and Restaurant.
Garden pathways are dotted with directional signages, Garden layout maps and storyboards. These help to make a walk in the Garden informative and interesting.
The following are not permitted in the Garden
- Ball games
The Garden is a conservation area - all the plants and animals in the Garden are protected. The catching and collecting of any animal, plant or seed is strictly prohibited.
Please be aware that some of the moss-covered pathways can be slippery, especially when wet. Please keep to the pathways and lawns and do not, for any reason, climb over any safety barrier. Basic first aid is available at the office buildings and at both entrances.
Best time to visit the Garden
The Garden is situated in a sub-tropical area of our country and, therefore, has something to see all year round. The best time to visit is in spring and early summer, when most of our trees and shrubs are in flower and before it becomes too hot. Early to middle summer, after good rains, is a good time to see the waterfalls and rivers in the Garden as they are at their most spectacular. Birders and those who would like to spot some of our local wildlife should come in the early morning (08h00-10h00)or late afternoon (15h00-18h00 in summer and 17h00 in winter).