National Botanic Garden of Namibia

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Namibia - - - Windhoek

Institution Code: WINDH

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the National Botanic Garden of Namibia

The National Botanic Garden of Namibia (NBGN)is situated in the heart of the City of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The mission of the Garden is to protect and promote the Namibian flora and to function as an educational, research and recreational facility for Namibians and tourists alike.

The estate is 11 hectars big. The larger part of the area is unlandscaped and serves as study area for local students and pupils. A number of walking trails lead through the Garden and the most common woody plants are clearly labelled. The desert house, rockery and nursery house a comprehensive collection of Namibian succulents, many of which rare and endangered.

The NBGN is the only botanic garden in the country. It is one of five subsections within the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Forestry.

Main Address:
National Botanic Garden of Namibia
National Botanical Research Institute
Private Bag 13184
- - Namibia

Telephone: + 264 - 61 - 202 2014
Fax: -
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Silke Rügheimer
    Curator's Name: Leevi Nanyeni
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Silke Rügheimer
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 6
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1969
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 11 Hectares
    Latitude: -22.5705
    Longitude: 17.0945
    Annual Rainfall: 300 mm
    Altitude: 1700.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 100 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 8 Orban Street Windhoek Namibia
  • Locality: City: Windhoek
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 78
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 1200
    Number of Volunteers: 1

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1534
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 400
  • Special Collections:A comprehensive collection of Namibian indigenous succulents, including Aloes, Euphorbias, Crassulas, Stapelias and Lithops.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes