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The National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria were established in 1946 and cover an area of 76ha in the eastern suburbs of the city. The gardens also house the South African National Biodiversity Institute.
The site is located on a rocky ridge, which divides the garden in two sections, providing a cooler south-facing section and a warmer north-facing section. Virtually all of the garden comprises indigenous species, and 50% of South Africa's tree species are represented (quite a feat!).
A paved nature trail gives access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge, which boasts a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora. It is a safe and tranquil place, and ideal for parking off under a tree with a book, a picnic or a loved one (or preferably all three!) for an hour or two to recharge your batteries and re-establish your personal equilibrium!
The gardens are lovely at any time of year, but my favourite time is in the winter, when the aloes are in full bloom. Anyone who has read my travel pages will probably have already worked out that I am aloe-crazy, and watching the sunbirds (the local, slightly larger equivalent of a hummingbird) flit manically between the vivid red, orange and yellow aloe blooms is a very special experience!
There is an on-site restaurant and there are occasionally open air concerts in the Gardens - see the website for details.
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