Bon Accord, Pretoria
The Pretoria suburb of Bon Accord, which is French for 'good will', lies to the east of the Bon Accord dam close to Onderstepoort. Bon Accord lies far north enough of the city centre of Pretoria to be regarded as rural, and indeed this part of Pretoria does not conform to your usual street-lined, leafy-treed streets.
Out here there are mostly small holdings, the surrounding vegetation almost bushveld like, with acacia thorn trees and savannah-like vistas. The Kolonnade shopping centre might be out this way but you would be forgiven for thinking that most of it still belongs to the African bush, particularly as there are some accommodation options offering bushveld escapes out here, with thatched roofs and the whole 'bush' experience. Others offer 'country escapes'. Great to know that you can flee the city so fast.
And yet, you are close enough to Pretoria to still enjoy what the city, particularly the city centre, has to offer. The Union Buildings, for instance, are only 20 kilometres from here. The beautiful buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, are a must-see for any visitor to Pretoria, and the terraced gardens also worth a trip. Other city centre attractions include the Kruger House, just a few blocks from Church square, where President Paul Kruger lived until 1901, the South African Reserve Bank, quite an extraordinary building, the State Theatre, the Transvaal Museum, where the famous hominid fossil known as 'Mrs Ples' is housed, even if you don't have access to it, and the Voortrekker Monument.
Not far from Bon Accord are both the De Onderstepoort Private Nature Reserve and the Wonderboom Nature Reserve. The latter is home to a wild fig tree that is over 1 000 years old.
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The last house in which President Paul Kruger was to live, between 1883 and 1901, before he left South Africa to go into exile in Europe, the Kruger House Museum lies just a few blocks from Church square, where his bronze statue takes centre stage facing the Palace of Justice. The beautiful Victorian style home was ... more information
Regarded as the highest building in Pretoria / Tshwane, with a basement that extends some 25 metres below ground (for very good reason – where better to place a vault or two), SARB (The South African Reserve Bank) is the country’s central bank; its purpose to protect the value of the ... more information
The huge State Theatre complex in Church Street in Pretoria / Tshwane, with its five theatres and huge public square, opened in 1981 as a non-profit, government funded company famous for lavish productions that saw overseas opera singers and ballet dancers grace the huge main stage ... more information
On one of the major streets in the centre of Tshwane, the capital city of South Africa, lies what is regarded as the country’s leading natural history museum, open every day of the week. Founded in 1892, the Transvaal Museum of Natural History was originally buried away in a tiny room next to the clock tower on the ... more information
Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. Considered by many to be the architect's greatest achievement & South Africa's architectural masterpiece. This was the setting for President Nelson Mandela's historic inauguration in 1994. The spacious, terraced gardens command fine views of the city ... more information