Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

Welcome to BGCI Africa

Promoting and supporting the work of botanic gardens across Africa

Covering over 29 million square kilometres; Africa is rich in diversity of habitats, species and cultures. Vegetation types include: true desert, dry bushland, wooded grassland, rain forest and alpine desert. It is estimated that Africa has approximately between 40-45,000 species of plants, with a high level of endemism (77-87%), many of which have global importance for their medicinal, food and horticultural value.

Over 130 botanic gardens are thought to exist in Africa today, from the oldest in Durban to gardens being established today, and from large gardens such as Kirstenbosch (Cape Town) to small gardens run by one or two dedicated staff.

In 2002, BGCI helped establish, and continues to support, the African Botanic Gardens Network (ABGN) in order to strengthen and support botanic gardens throughout Africa.

Find out more about our current and past projects in Africa