Gardens: surprise rise in visitors

2011-06-02 00:00

THE number of visitors to the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg has increased by 19% from last year.

More than 75 000 people have visited the gardens.

Said manager Allen Gcina Nene, “We managed to increase our visitor numbers by 19% instead of the three percent that was expected. “I believe this year we can do better …”

Nene added, “Thanks to everyone who contributed in this success and please continue supporting our lovely garden.”

The increase was recorded despite an overall drop in visitors to gardens around South Africa. In all the nine national botanical gardens numbers have dropped 1,5% from last year’s 1,2 million visitors.

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