Embark on a floral journey of discovery at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, a treasure chest of South African flowering plant species and trees.
The flagship area of the garden is the indigenous garden, which comprises savannah, forest and fynbos biomes – man-made habitats that support specific plant species that are not endemic to the area, but which are indigenous to South Africa.
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, located in Brummeria, Tshwane, was established in 1946 after the University of Pretoria’s experimental farm and private properties to the north of the city were acquired by the Department of Agriculture.
Special features at the garden include an avenue of wisteria trees and collections of medicinal plants, cycads, aloes, tree species, succulents and natural ridge vegetation. Although the focus here is on flora, the bounty of plants has attracted around 200 bird species, as well as reptiles and small mammals.
Seasonal attractions enjoyed by visitors include rolling green lawns and spreading shade trees in summer, while winter highlights include a blaze of flowering aloes.
The garden’s Mokha restaurant features a deck overlooking the wetland. Mokha is a superb venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also caters for functions such as weddings.
Large tour groups are welcome at the garden, where plenty of parking is available for buses. Disabled access is provided. The Eco Craft Gift Shop, situated in the new visitor centre near the main entrance, sells a wide range of African curios and gifts. Guided walks and guided tours of the medicinal garden may be arranged for up to 20 people at a time.
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