Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens: Joburg West Hot
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The Walter-Sisulu National Botanical Garden is one of the best destinations in Johannesburg to spend a morning photographing a wide range of subjects from relaxed bird species through to flowers and insects.

The large waterfall is also a must see, both for its scenic beauty but also because of its nesting Verreaux’s Eagles. Due to its proximity to Johannesburg it is an ideal destination to spend a few hours in the mornings photographing the array of highveld bird species and testing ones macro photographic skills.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings as the sun just starts rising over the horizon. Flowers and insects.can however be photographed throughout the day.
Photographic Tips
Walking slowly through the gardens with camera already mounted on your tripod provides good opportunities for bird photography as birds are generally relaxed.
Recommended Gear
Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird photography, but macro lenses should also be packed for floral and insect photography.


Site Highlights
Undoubtedly, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is best known for its pair of Verreaux’s Eagle that have nested at the waterfall for many years. The gardens provide good opportunities for flower and insect photography. Time spent at the SASOL bird hide which overlooks a small dam is rewarding.


Season and Weather
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden has a typical highveld climate with approximately 700m of rain falling per annum and mainly during the summer months. Frost occurs regularly at night during the winter months


Getting There
The Walter-Sisulu National Botanical Garden is located towards Roodepoort on the western Bypass and from there follow Hendrick-Potgieter road towards Tarlton.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens: Joburg West


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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.