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Free State National Botanical Garden

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Nice day out

visited to see their waterwise plants as we are currently replanning our garden as we are currently... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018

Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent surroundings. Excellent staff. One of its kind in... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
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This carefully landscaped and colorful garden, with paved walkways, nature talks and moonlight walks, is popular year round.
Rayton Road, off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702 | Danhof, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa
+27 51 436 3612
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

visited to see their waterwise plants as we are currently replanning our garden as we are currently subject to water restrictions

Thank Peterwdennis
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent surroundings. Excellent staff. One of its kind in Bloemfontein

Thank EmmieS46
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Clean gardens. Very beautiful and well kept. Nice view and walk route as well if you want to walk up the hill. The restaurant is very good. Price is affordable and the menu is sufficient. Will go there again

1  Thank Andre D
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The Free State National Botanical Gardens are beautiful and well kept. Over and above that they have a stunning Sunday brunch. Book in advance because they are usually fully booked. The setting and good is excellent! Definitely five star quality.

2  Thank MannaJhb
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Well located in Bloem to be in touch with nature, the natural environment should not be affected by the “picnic revellers” please....we can’t worry about climate change and at the same time by parties goers disturbing animal life in the garden (as little as they...More

Thank LebogangL5
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We were a big group of family and friends that went to te gardens for the day. There is so much space and the green grass makes an excellent playground for kids.

Thank Leandre S
Reviewed 17 April 2018

This is such a relaxed, quiet place to have a picnic with the family or a loved one. Plenty of shade and grass to relax on. Nice little walk to the top of the surrounding hill to keep you busy as well.

Thank JasonR4377
Reviewed 17 March 2018

This is a nice place to go for a few hours. Grassy lawns for picnics. A restaurant, clean bathrooms and some trails through more natural vegetation. Good for birding near the more natural areas. The lake is dry and the shop by the entrance has...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 8 March 2018

The gardens were well taken cared of. And there is so many hidden spots for the ideal picnic. It has huge variety of fauna to study and observe

Thank Igor4President
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I brought my duaghters here on a beautiful Friday afternoon in early Spring. We had lunch at the restaurant. Portions were genrerous and the view was great. Apparently the restaurant can be booked for special occasions and serves great Sunday lunches. We went for a...More

1  Thank Rudi456
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Response from martinagH4257NO | Reviewed this property |
Hi entrance fee about R30 - R40 pp, children charges are cheaper, take sunscreen and a hat.