Enjoy a ‘Wickedly Odd’ night out in the Durban Botanic Gardens


Carmen Gee – dancing with light. Photo: Blonde Zulu Photography


THE second Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden, billed as being bigger and better than the inaugural event last year, is currently on at the Durban Botanic Gardens until December 10.

Have you ever wondered what happens after the gates at Durban’s iconic Botanic Gardens are locked? Do the trees, birds and animals settle in silence, or is it then, when Durban sleeps, that these magnificent Gardens wake?

Once again the Wickedly Odd team offer a sensational outdoor dining and entertainment experience in the heart of the city.


Eye candy and umbrellas! Photo: Blonde Zulu Photography

The production team is the same as last year: the Durban Botanic Gardens has teamed up with Emma Lockhart and Bradley Porter of Specialist Event company Experience This, award winning actor/producer Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele, Spud, Green and Black Mamba) and acclaimed set designer and video producer, Clint McLean, to bring you a night of un-paralleled experiential food and festivity set in the heart of Durban’s greatest botanical wonderland.

They have created new ideas, different installations, a fabulous new menu and some glorious surprises!

On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne by our quirky botanical Maître D and taken on a whimsical amble (or golf cart drive for those who need it!) up the garden path, past scintillating cycads, quirky garden characters, through the sunken summer garden, ending up beneath the gnarled branches of South Africa’s oldest Litchi tree for a 1930’s “garden party” welcome drink and snack.


The dining marquee at Wickedly Odd. Photo: Blonde Zulu Photography

After a crisp litchi cocktail they will proceed to a glorious Bedouin tent for dinner, and elegantly and tastefully spread out under the bows of the garden’s most glorious Wild Fig. Here they will be treated to the finest plated menu Durban has to offer.

Throughout dinner, the trees, birds and hidden creatures of the gardens will permeate proceedings, morphing the night into a whimsical, bewitching and fantastical blend of luscious food, crisp champagne, magical puppetry and curious delight.

After dinner guests amble (umbrellas and gumboots provided for heavy weather) out to a bar of their choice.

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is not a show, a dinner, or a party. It’s a gloriously unusual Christmas dining and entertainment experience. We invite you to slip behind the moss curtain of fantasy and immerse yourself in our captivating world of botanical peculiarity, four metre flamingos, marvellous praying mantises, aerial acrobats, beetled barmen, feathered barmaids and cantankerous crows.

To book phone 031 313 3330 or email emma@experiencethis.co.za

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