Make the most of warm winter days: get to the National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort

Walter Sisulu Gardens

Beautiful aloes
Beautiful aloes Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

Temps this weekend at ca. 19 degrees but  due to drop to around 13 degrees again from Tuesday. So …. make the most of the predicted warmer week-end and get out to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.


Picnickers chilling on the grass
Picnickers chilling on the grass Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

When I went a couple of weekends ago, the skies were blue, the grass was still green, the aloes were out, families were picnicing, the male black eagle was on the nest giving the female a break to circle overhead, and young and old were enjoying the train rides from the entrance to the tearoom.

The Waterfall
The Waterfall Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

We climbed up past the waterfall, around the back of the crest of the hill , had wonderful views over the north-west of Joburg, and then back down through the Clivia garden (they will be spectacular when they are start to bloom – in August?)

At the end of the day felt I had been away from Joburg for a week!    And best of all there are still lots of concerts coming up:

19 July Local singers perform  easy Jazz

2 August Flamenco guitars and Spanish dancers

16 August – don’t miss: the Soweto String Quartet

30 August: Band of the Ceremonial Guard

13 Sept: the Peter Sarstedt

27 Sept: Top of the Pops with Veronique Lalouette

So grab your blankets, make your picnic, take the Sunday papers and make your way to the Botanical Gardens to chill out for the day. Check their website:

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