The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Pretoria Botanical Garden, Pretoria. The course is run on a mixture of paved road and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Botanical Garden parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Botanical Garden parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

It is a single lap course, quite flat and fast. One hill 1,2 km from the end.
The starting point is on the open grass across the Lapa. Running in a northerly direction. The course then turns east and forks right.
Please follow the path and indicators on the route, pass Milk plum. The course then forks right. Follow the path to the double road. Turn left at the crossing & keep left up around the circle, turn right towards the carports. At the stop, turn right and follow the path back to the double road. Immediately turn left after the crossing and follow the path over the bridge and turn left over the grass passing the starting point. Turn right at the 3 km sign. The course then turns north and forks left. The path then runs close to the northern border of the gardens and turns left following the path around the loop up towards the hill.
At the top, participants will be directed to go left for about 20 m, turn around with 1 km to go, straight ahead to the double road down to the first crossing. Turn right and follow the loop towards the main entrance and then left towards the end.

PLEASE NOTE that dogs are not allowed at this event.


Parking inside the Botanical garden. Limited parking available.
Toilet facilities are inside the Botanical garden, as soon as you entered the gates on your left.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the open grass across the Lapa.

Getting there by public transport

You can get off at the Gautrain station in Hatfield, use a taxi to travel via Duncan toward Stanza Bopape St (Old church street) and then in an easterly direction toward Silverton. At a traffic light, the road will fork, take the road to the right which becomes Cussonia. The Botanical garden entrance will shortly be on your left.

Getting there on foot

You can get off at the Gautrain station in Hatfield, travel via Duncan Street toward Stanza Bopape St (Old church street) and then in an easterly direction toward Silverton. At a traffic light, the road will fork, take the road to the right which becomes Cussonia. The Botanical garden entrance will shortly be on your left.

Getting there by road

GPS Co-ordinates: 28°16'19.8"E 25°44'18.2"S, Long 28.27218 Lat -25.73838
Traveling from the South on the N1, you can Lynnwood off-ramp and immediately left on Meiring Naude Road. This road will cross with Cussonia Road at a traffic light. There you turn left. The Botanical Garden will shortly be on your right.
Traveling east or West on the N4, take Watermeyer off ramp. Turn left into Cussonia Road and travel in a westerly direction until the Botanical garden is on your right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the MilkPlum café inside the Botanical Garden grounds (this is not free) - please come and join us!