In celebration of the City Nature Challenge, which kicks off on Friday 29 April, South Africa will be allowing free entry to its national botanical gardens across Mzansi. This special offer is available until Monday 2 May so you might just be able to plan that picnic for the upcoming long weekend.
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WHAT IS THE CITY NATURE CHALLENGE?
According to its website, the City Nature Challenge started in 2016 as a competition between two cities in the United States, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The annual challenge motivates people across the globe to document wildlife and nature in their cities.
Since its inception, more than 50 cities in the world take part in the challenge as there is a race to see who can engage the most people in the event and who can find the most species.
As per 702, this year’s City Nature Challenge shines the spotlight on the human perspective of your country’s biodiversity.
SOUTH AFRICA’S PARTICIPATION
Speaking to 702, Nontsikelelo Mpulo, director of marketing, communication and commercialisation at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), said South Africa is proud to participate in the City Nature Challenge this year.
“And is proud too of the critical role each of the national gardens plays in protecting and showcasing the astonishing rich biodiversity of our country,” added Mpulo.
“So often our eye is drawn to the large, sweeping and beautiful vista of a garden. But real wonder also lies in the intricacy of how petals are arranged in living flowers; of the many, many different shades of green on one tree; and of the activity of pollinators and other garden creators.”
BOTANICAL GARDENS YOU CAN VISIT FOR FREE
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, Western Cape)
- Harold Porter National Botanical Garden (Betty’s Bay, Western Cape)
- Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden (Worcester, Western Cape)
- Hantam National Botional Garden (Niewoudtville, Northern Cape)
- Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden (Roodepoort, Gauteng)
- Free State National Garden
- KwaZulu-Natal National Garden
- Pretoria National Botanical Garden
- Lowveld National Botanical Garden (Mbombela, Mpumalanga)
- Kwelera National Botanical Garden (East London, Eastern Cape)
- Thohoyandou Botanical Garden (Limpopo)
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