South Africa, Pretoria Botanical Garden
The National Botanical Garden of Pretoria is divided into two parts – southern and northern. The pathways through the garden give visitors the opportunity to get to know more about the amazing vegetation that grows on the peninsula and brought from other continents.
Fifty acres of total area are devoted almost exclusively to South African plants. Here you can see all kinds of flowers and 50% of the tree species that grow in the territory of the South African Republic. This botanical garden offers visitors to discover and understand their various ecosystems, such as savanna, forest, tropics, subtropics, etc. The garden is home to over 198 species of birds, a number of reptiles and small mammals, such as the South African antelope Ducker. A garden with a total area of 76 hectares lies on the slope of the ridge. Its territory is rich in wetlands, forests of cicadas, a great variety of succulents.
Originally the Botanical Garden of Pretoria was known as the National Transylvanian Botanical Garden, established in 1946 as a research center, which was closed to visitors until 1984. Visit it was possible only by special agreement, as it was, above all, a research center led by the Botanical Research Institute, founded in 1903 together with the National Botanical Garden of Kirstenbosch.
Pretoria Botanical Garden
In the Botanical Garden of Pretoria you can see a rich collection of medicinal plants, several types of aloe, succulents, cicadas. You can stroll through the green lawns and relax in the shade of the trees. Amazing exotic flowers fascinate everyone, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow: red, purple, pink, orange and white. Flowerbeds with Namakvalland chamomile, shimmering from orange to white tones, attract hares that are especially indifferent to the shoots of these plants and often gnaw them before they begin to blossom.
At this time of year the gray antelope Dooker sometimes wanders in the back of the garden in search of food. They feed on leaves, flowers and fruits, and in the spring natural greenery is not enough and they are fed by garden workers. Unique is the alley of beautiful flowering Bicuscanthus wisteria trees, elegant, planted in 1946 on a site of “medicinal plants”.
Not far from the artificial waterfall is a cozy concert stage, a tea garden and a small restaurant where you can relax a little, listen to music and enjoy the fragrant scent of flowering plants.