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The area around the Witpoortjie Falls which form the centrepiece and backdrop to the Botanical Garden has been used for recreational purposes since the late 1800s. The Witpoortjie Falls probably get their name from the fact that visitors travelling from Johannesburg by train used to disembark at Witpoortjie Station and walk down to the falls.

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden was started in July 1982 and is the youngest of the eight Gardens managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. The Roodepoort and Krugersdorp City Councils made the establishment of the Garden possible by providing land on a 99 year lease and portions of it by donation to the Institute. The Gardens were initially known as the Transvaal National Botanic Gardens and could only be visited by special arrangement. The Garden was opened to the public on a daily basis in 1987 as the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden. In March 2004, the Garden was renamed the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, in honour of Mr Walter Sisulu (1912-2003) who lead the struggle for a democratic South Africa.

Major infrastructural developments took place in the early 1990s and included the construction of the Entrance Building, the Nestlé Environmental Education Centre, Sasol Dam and Bird Hide as well as the paving of the main walkway.

Since its early days, the Garden has been developed to include, amongst others, a succulent garden, cycad garden, water garden, fern trail, arboretum, wild flower area, geological garden, hiking trail, visitor’s information centre, restaurant and conference facility, nursery and gift shop.

Come along and browse a wide range of artwork available for sale in the stunning outdoor setting of the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden on the last Sunday of every month. A percentage of sales go to the Botanical Society’s Garden Development Fund.

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