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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 292 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.


No - Children are not allowed.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).



City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, 0002

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  • 4.5

  • from 292 Google reviews

Lodrick Tshifhiwa

a year ago


Your welcome with pleasure

Katlego Malepane

3 weeks ago


A very clean campus, plants and grass well looked after.

Mosiuoa Robert Motlhapo

6 months ago


Ahh UP... A good place to die hard😉

Kavin Naidoo

2 months ago


Excellent university. Very well planned. Great security. Everything is so well run.

Karabo Stobber

2 months ago


The security at the gate is very good, makes me feel my child is safe inside and also they always very friendly

Contact the garden

+27 12 420 4274

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