Pretoria National Botanical Gardens



2.5km – Dassie Trail – Easy


Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a captivating oasis in South Africa’s administrative capital, renowned for its rich diversity of indigenous flora and serene landscapes.

The garden is a favourite birding spot and over 220 bird species have been listed. Interesting birds that have been recorded include hawks, falcons, kestrels and even the Verreaux’s Eagle. These birds prey on the dassie population and can sometimes be seen flying above the ridge in search of their favourite prey. Mammals such as the slender mongoose, scrub hare and common duiker often visit the natural grassland for food or for shelter and visitors often spot them in the late afternoon and evening. South African lesser bushbabies frequent the Acacia-dominated woodland. Other nocturnal animals such as greater cane rats love to feed on grass roots. Several bat species have been recorded including the Cape serotine bat, the yellow house bat and the rusty bat.



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