Celebrate National Women’s Day at South African National Biodiversity Institute’s National Botanical and Zoological Gardens

South Africa will be celebrating the National Women’s Day on Friday, 9 August 2019. On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the discriminatory pass laws. This march has been celebrated since 1995 as Women’s Day.

As part of Women’s Day celebrations the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) will be giving free entry to women and children at its National Botanical and Zoological Gardens across the country on Friday, 9 August 2019.

SANBI manages a network of 13 National Botanical and Zoological Gardens in eight provinces, each with their associated tourism infrastructure and conservation estate.

Women are encouraged to bring along their children, picnic baskets and be ready to explore our tranquil National Botanical and Zoological Gardens. Come and learn about our themed gardens such as the medicinal, water-wise and more. Invigorate your wild senses at the National Zoological Garden in Pretoria.

See which garden is closer to you. These gardens serve as important conservation areas in South Africa.

SANBI wishes the women of South Africa a Happy Women’s Day and Women’s Month.

Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock).

Terms and conditions

  • Entry is free for women and children only on Friday 9 August 2019.
  • Normal gardens entry fees apply any other day.
  • No entry after 16h30.
  • Garden visitor rules and regulations apply.
  • Organised school groups visiting the National Zoological Gardens are expected to pay normal entry fees.

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