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Posted on: Monday, 10 November 2014

Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake

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When I used to live in Cape Town, one of my favorite things to do during the summer months was to pack a picnic and, with tickets in hand, head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a Sunday concert.

The Durban Botanic Gardens have not disappointed, with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series currently taking place. The concerts take place throughout the year and are centered around the beautiful lake in the gardens. There are approximately 5000 tickets per performance with different pricing options depending on how close to the stage one would like to sit…


Music in the Gardens


We have tickets for the one and only Johnny Clegg featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 15h00 on Sunday afternoon. Although concerts do not take place every Sunday as they do for the Kirstenbosch series, there are concerts through most of the year. Other concerts include Goodluck, Jeremy Loops, The Kiffness and Rubber Duc who take to the stage on November 22nd. This concert starts at 18h00.

Christmas comes early in Durban with Carols by Candlelight featuring the fantastic Soweto Gospel Choir taking place at 19h00 on December 5th. With only one evening set aside for Christmas carols, the evening of the 5th should be a sell out!

The next concert to take place isn’t until February 14th. However, it will be worth the wait and all the romantics out there can start planning a special Valentine’s Day … what could be better than listening to Kahn (of The Parlotones fame) performing with the talented people of the Durban City Orchestra.

The final concert of the series is saved until Mothers Day on May 10th 2015 when Gangs of Ballet and Monark will take to the stage to entertain the crowds from 15h00.


Music in the Gardens


Tickets range in price from R50 to R180 and all proceeds from performances go towards an innovative people and plant development programme, the Garden Window Project within the Durban Botanic Garden. All ages are welcome at the concerts and children under the age of eight are admitted free of charge.

What are you waiting for? Book your ticket, pack a picnic and spend an hour or two before the entertainment starts discovering the delights these beautiful gardens have to offer. If you forget your picnic basket, the tea garden on site serves refreshments, sandwiches and heavenly crumpets with jam and cream!

Contact Details & Ticket Sales:
The Durban Botanic Gardens are on John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, Berea, Durban.
The phone number is +27 (0)31 322- 4021.
Ticket sales are through Webtickets OR at the Durban Botanic Gardens Information Office (9A John Zikhali Road, Berea).


Music in the Gardens


Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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