South Africa is a beautiful country and a nature lover’s paradise. Today Riaan and I ventured to the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, one of nine gardens run by the South African Botanical Institute. The natural vegetation present in the garden is classified as Marikana Thornveld.
We had set out pretty early and so arrived at the gardens around eight-thirty, and this turned out to be a good thing, because it was a warm morning in sunny South Africa. Since we had other things to do later in the day we decided to only focus on two attractions, the Tree Route showcasing indigenous trees and the waterfall, planning to return to walk the Dassie (rock hyrax) trail in the near future.
The waterfall is interesting because it is man-made, and it is a very impressive water feature. Initially it is quite disconcerting when the water flow slows to a trickle before coming gushing down again but this provided some interesting and fun photography practice.
The Tree Route is a self-guided tour of fifty of South Africa’s indigenous trees, an interpretative booklet can be purchased at the garden’s ticket office for R20. Most of the trees on the route are clearly numbered but every so often a number was obscured. The map in the guide contains approximations of the tree locations which encourages you to look more closely. The booklet contains both tree information including the scientific and common names, general information about the trees and the occasional bit of trivia and local lore. Each entry is accompanied by photographs and symbols denoting their requirements and additional information (such as whether it attracts birds or butterflies, has medicinal uses, is edible or is poisonous).
Good to know:
- Entrance to the gardens is R24 per adult, free for botanical society members
- Take hats and sunscreen
- Wear comfortable walking shoes
- Bring your own water bottle (there are water fountains).
Love and gardens,
P.S. I posted more photos of Pretoria Botanical Gardens on Facebook.
Disclosure: I am a member of the South African Botanical Society but have no other affiliation with the garden and this post represents my opinion of the Pretoria Botanical Garden.
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