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Free State Botanical Garden

Karoo Desert Botanical Garden

Open 365 days a year, the Free State Botanical Garden in Bloemfontein, also known as the City of Roses, features six distinctive gardens as well as wilderness hiking trails. The garden is home to an abundant indigenous flora found not only in the Free State, but also in its neighbours, the Northern Cape and Lesotho.

While much of the appeal of these gardens lies in its floral beauty, history buffs can visit the curator's house built by World War 11 Italian prisoners of war. The old stone walls were built by British troops during the South African War. The prehistoric pottery relics found in the area are on show in the Education Centre.

For a day visit you can enjoy a braai in the designated braai area or pop into the Zizi Restaurant, which serves up the tastiest delicacies and hearty meals, while you enjoy the view of the gardens. There is also a designated play area for children.

Free State Botanical Garden:

Address: Free State Botanical Garden | Bloemendal Street | Bloemfontein | Contact Number: +27 (0)51 436 3530


Entrance Fees:

Adults and Students: R20 pp | Senior Citizens and Scholars: R15 | Pre-scholars: R10 pp


Opening Times:

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 16:30

Weekends and Public Holidays: 08:00 - 17:00

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