The Walter Sisulu National Botanical, which is situated in Roodepoort in the western part of Johannesburg is one of best places in the city to enjoy a hike or relax with the family while having a picnic. It is also a photographers haven for birds and wide variety of plant species.
My recent visit to the gardens was my third, and my second hike there. With clear blue skies the weather was perfect, just what we need after some days of rain. We started the hike through the gardens and headed towards the beautiful Witpoortjie Waterfall. I saw some hikers coming down as we head up the stairway which is close to the falls, someone commented that the falls are a motivation during the 3.5km which took us almost 2hrs. Apparently this is an easy hike for some, but I felt I had to slow down and catch my breath a few times.
There are a number of club or groups of people that meet in the gardens to hike. But its fairly easy to do the hike alone or with a small group of friends.
Entrance to the gardens is R40 and operating hours are 8- 5 Monday – Sunday.