It felt like my first time visiting this place. It always does. I have been to the Pretoria National Botanical Garden in Pretoria many times before. I can't get enough of it. It is absolutely beautiful. 

On this particular visit, which took place earlier in 2018, I came to relax, eat at the restaurant and hike. I had the most loving companion. It was one of those visits that captures your soul.

Blue skies.

Sunny day. 

Calm.

Still.

I could go on about it being educative and how you seemingly always bump into a wedding, baby shower and/or family gathering. It is the type of place you go to, to reflect and be completely surrounded by nature. I love the hiking trails as much as just lying on the grass with great company. I fell in love like never before. I connected with my heartbeat. 

I must say that on another ocassion, I was very dissappointed at how we all had to pay extra for a noisy musician whose speakers disrupted the tranquility of this seemingly sacred space. Yet it was not the case this time around. It was still. Perfect.

If ever you are in Pretoria and are looking for a place to find yourself which can also be enjoyed as a couple or family; then this is the place to go to. Don't forget to bring along your picnic basket or picnic backpack bag set (available from Amazon), sunscreen, a hat and comfy hiking shoes (available from Amazon). 

I really love this place. If you like a "loud and upbeat vibe", then this may not be the place for you. It is more of a romantic and nature inspired place, a stone throw away from Pretoria's Central Business District (CBD). I absolutely love it, especially the waterfall and ample grass.

Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.

Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.

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Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.Phindiwe Nkosi at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by JS.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

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Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Cultural ceremony or wedding at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Cultural ceremony or wedding at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

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Tree at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Tree at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden Exit. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Pretoria National Botanical Garden Exit. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

 

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