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National Botanical Garden | © Leo za1/Wikimedia Commons
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The Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Pretoria

Picture of Sunee Jones
Updated: 13 September 2017
Pretoria is a city with many green spaces in which visitors can relax and enjoy nature all year round. Below are some of the most beautiful parks and gardens of the Jacaranda City.
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Pretoria National Botanical Garden

The Pretoria National Botanical Garden is an urban oasis of mostly indigenous plants. The garden is naturally divided into two sections, a warm north-facing section and a cooler south-facing section, each with its own varieties of flora. Paved trails lead to hidden waterfalls, ducks splash about in small ponds and there are endless green lawns. The 50 hectares (123 acres) of developed garden are also a haven for many small creatures, such as mongoose, scrub hare and duiker antelope, with over 220 bird species and more than 50 species of butterflies. The two onsite restaurants offer scrumptious menus, or visitors can bring picnic baskets and enjoy the peaceful garden atmosphere.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden, 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 843 5071

National Botanical Garden | © Leo za1/Wikimedia Commons

Union Buildings Gardens

While you cannot explore the interior of the Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, you can walk around the terraced gardens and under the lofty trees to your heart’s content. Discover the nine-metre (29-foot) tall statue of Nelson Mandela, unveiled in 2013 just after his death, or take a picnic lunch and appreciate the vista.

Union Buildings Gardens, Meintjieskop, off Government Ave, Arcadia, South Afroca, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 300 5200

View over Pretoria from the Union Building Gardens
View over Pretoria from the Union Building Gardens | © Derek Wolmarans / Wikimedia Commons

Garden of Remembrance, Freedom Park

With a spectacular view from the top of Salvokop, Freedom Park is a tranquil space dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom. The Garden of Remembrance is filled with monuments, statues and sculptures and the perfect place for quiet contemplation.

Freedom Park, Koch St & 7th Ave, Salvokop, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 336 4000

Eternal Flame, Freedom Park
Eternal Flame, Freedom Park | © Ijswaan / Wikimedia Commons

Magnolia Dell

One of the most popular parks in Pretoria, Magnolia Dell is named after a white, pink and purple magnolia tree. Situated close to the University of Pretoria, the park is a fantastic picnic spot and a regular venue for arts and crafts markets. Although the park once featured statues of Peter Pan and Wendy, they have both since been stolen and only their podiums remain beside a small pond.

Magnolia Dell Park, Flora Park AH, Pretoria, South Africa

Magnolia Dell
Magnolia Dell | © Suneé Jones
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Jan Celliers Park

One of the oldest parks in Pretoria, Jan Celliers Park is named after a 20th-century Afrikaans poet. Situated in the peaceful old suburb of Groenkloof, this tree-filled sanctuary is popular with local residents who bring their dogs to play in the park in the evenings.

Jen Celliers Park, Wenning & Broderick Streets, Groenkloof, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 82 546 5577

Jan Celliers Park | © Ossewa/Wikimedia Commons

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Burgers Park

Situated just outside the central business district and across the road from landmark Melrose House, Burgers Park is the perfect place to take a break from city life. This four-acre (1.6 hectare) park was founded in the 1870s as a botanical garden and was named after the fourth president of South Africa, whose statue is popular with the local pigeons. It has since been declared a national monument.

Burgers Park, Thabo Sehume & Jacob Maré Streets, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 73 739 5521

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Springbok Park

Another national monument, Springbok Park, with its iconic gateway, is within easy walking distance of the Gautrain Hatfield Station. It’s a secluded spot with pathways winding past indigenous trees and a small,burbling stream. A popular restaurant is situated just outside the park borders.

Springbok Park, Grosvenor St, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 358 0495

Springbok Park | © Cvanrooyen/Wikimedia Commons

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Venning Rose Park

Venning Park, popular with an older crowd who enjoy playing bowls on its perfectly manicured, emerald lawns, is a wonderful place to take an afternoon stroll. Its rosarium boasts more than 3000 rose bushes and 30 rose species that fill the air with their beautiful scent.

Venning Park, Eastwood St, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

Venning Park | © Laurens/Wikimedia Commons