Exploring the secret side of Hatfield Campus


The University of Pretoria is a big place and sometimes navigating your way through it can be challenging. Most students are satisfied knowing where their department building is and where their lectures are. They don’t know about the various places and events on campus that are designed to make life at UP a bit more fun.


Free Leo Haese Lunch Hour concerts

If you appreciate watching talented people make incredible music then the Lunch Hour concerts are definitely for you. These concerts were started to present world-class concerts annually on the campuses of the University of Pretoria with more than 25 free Leo Haese Lunch Hour concerts presented annually to afford promising Music students the opportunity to perform for a live audience. These concerts happen at the Aula, Musaion and Groenkloof Auditorium. This year you can expect performances by Tuks Camerata, Pretoria Boys High Dixie Band and Orchestra, UP’s Music department and many more.


Mapungubwe Collection

Mapungubwe, located in Limpopo, is a world Heritage Site, a national park, and the most famous of the iron archeological sites in South Africa. The University of Pretoria’s collection includes a rare and unique gold rhino figurine that was discovered in 1933. With artefacts dating from 1000 AD to 1300 AD, a tour of Old Arts where the collection is found is a great way to get rid of stress and to learn something new.


The Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden

This garden’s collections currently have about 3 000 plant species planted on approximately 3.5 hectares of the Hatfield campus grounds. This is a great place to go if you want to take a break from all the pressures of university and relax while looking at the variety of plants. This is also a wonderful place to go to sit and read a book. This garden is open to the public.

There are notice boards everywhere on campus and it would be in your best interest to read them and get involved in the different events happening on campus. Why not take a friend and go exploring – just be careful not to get lost.


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