About Mitchell Park

Feeling lazy and tired? Take a long leisurely sleep under the trees of Mitchell Park. The lawns are often used for family picnics and solo siestas with occasional musical accompaniment from the band rotunda. Experince flowerbeds and zoo animals that show you all the African flora and fauna. Additional animals were added to this once unprofitable Ostrich farm (1910) resulting in today's huge collection of aviaries and menageries. You can watch tropical fish, exotic birds, reptiles and small animals and botanical displays. The children's playground hosts many giggles and cartwheels, but is also friendly to physically challenged children.

The Blue Zoo Restaurant refreshes park visitors and gives them a chance to relax when the breeze brushes in the right direction one can smell the velvet nectar from the adjacent Jameson Park. Jameson Park once a pineapple plantation is now the rose haven of Durban, displaying 600 rose bushes (200 species) despite local subtropical climatic conditions. Do not forget to visit the Jameson Park as well!

Must See

  • The walk-in aviary is a fantastic way to explore various species of birds.
  • The sand park with jungle gym is popular among the kids.
  • The zoo has a good display of flora and fauna.
  • The Blue Zoo Tea Garden is an excellent place for resting and enjoying natural beauty.

How to reach

Driving along the N3 towards Durban, just before you reach the city, take exit 2 – M13 / Berea Road / Berea. Drive down the hill and turn left into Botanic Gardens Road, you will see a sign M8 / Morningside. After a while you will notice the Durban Botanic Gardens on your right, keep driving. Turn left into Springfield Road, the signboard indicates M17 / Berea. Turn right into Musgrave Road. You will notice Mitchell Park on your left; to get to my preferred parking spot, turn left into Madeira Road and park along the road.


  • Wear loose and breathable clothes as it may get hot.
  • Carry water with you to avoid getting dehydrated.
  • Carry your caps as walking around in the sun can cause discomfort.
  • Do not take photos with the animals, it may harm them.

Visit Time

Sunday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M. 

Monday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M.

Tuesday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M.

Wednesday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M.

Thursday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M.

Friday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M.

Saturday: 8.00 A.M. to  4.00 P.M. 

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