The Pretoria Botanical Gardens in the East of Pretoria showcases a wide variety of indigenous and exotic plants and trees. It is one of 9 Botanical Gardens in South Africa, all of which are managed by SANBI.
The property was given to the Department of Agriculture in 1946 by the University of Pretoria, as it was not suitable as an experimental farm. Some neighbouring properties were purchased and in 1958 the Botanical Gardens were officially opened as a research facility.
In 1984 the gardens were opened to the public.
Visitors to the Gardens enter through the Visitor’s Centre, which includes the ticket office and a gift and bookshop. They can then take a walk through the 76 hectare property along its walkways. They can visit the SANBI Bookstore, a rare succulent garden, the National Herbarium, an Environmental Education Centre, Medicinal Garden and an Enabling Garden which is specially adapted to highlight garden design, techniques and tools for people with disabilities.
The artificial Wetland is set behind The Mokha Restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and can be hired out for functions. Visitors can also enjoy refreshment at the Tea Garden in the heart of the Garden. Alternatively, visitors can bring their own picnic meal to enjoy on the lawns of the gardens.
During the summer months, musical concerts are held at the concert stage in the heart of the lawns.
The Pretoria Botanical Gardens are open every day of the year from 08:00 to 18:00. Entrance fees are reasonable and guided walks can be arranged. On concert days the entrance fee is higher than usual.
Contact the Pretoria Botanical Gardens:
Tel: 012 843 5172
Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria