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Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden

Fascinating garden and research-focused plant collection of over 3,000 species.

  • 4.5

  • from 205 Google reviews

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About the garden

Keen to unearth exclusive details about Southern Africa’s native flora? Then, the University of Pretoria’s Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden is the place to go. It is a captivating 3.5-hectare space designed to share incredible discoveries about the region’s indigenous species with its visitors.

Steeped in history, the garden’s origins go back to 1924 when you would have seen Pavetta varieties planted on the campus. Nowadays, among the extensive collection, you can see everything from tranquil Cherry Blossom to stunning Magnolias, and striking Camellias to exotic Cycads. In 1986, Prof. Manie van der Schijff – the person the Garden gets its name from – significantly shaped the garden into what you see today.

Wander among towering trees in the Arboretum, inhale the delicious scents of the Herb Garden and explore the enchanting Rock Garden. You can also browse the plant sales and join inspiring horticultural activities.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden University of Pretoria.

Opening times

By appointment only.

Useful details

Garden area

5 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a .cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

No - Children are not allowed.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).

Shops

None

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, 0002

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Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
0002
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 205 Google reviews

Lodrick Tshifhiwa

a year ago

5

Your welcome with pleasure

Mashupye Masemola

2 months ago

5

One of the more beautiful campuses in the country. The grounds are teeming with stressed out undergraduates and brilliant postgraduate researchers. Everyone is approachable, yes some people are cynical but that's the law of large numbers. I highly recommend visiting or enrolling with the institution, many world leaders discovered themselves on these grounds and you, world leader or not, will definitely have a worthy almamata.

Mosiuoa Robert Motlhapo

a month ago

5

Ahh UP... A good place to die hard😉

Ndzawulo Mitchell Mihlanga

3 months ago

5

Main campus always sets the vibe.a little happier these days clean as always it surely doesn't feel like it's usually self though seeing that there's very little people on campus.The piazza posted below is a place where students come to chill,it's usually filled with students having lunch and destressing over some good conversation with Friends.

Fezile Simelane

2 months ago

1

A deplorable excuse of an institution of higher learning. Filled with juvenile academics with their heads stuck up their phd'ed arses.

Contact the garden

+27 12 420 4274

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