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Situated virtually alongside or to the east of the Union Buildings, perhaps the most recognised buildings in South Africa today,
Colbyn is one of the older suburbs in Pretoria, its jacaranda-lined streets and large properties a solid combination that preserves a feeling of peace and tranquillity, despite being within walking distance of restaurants, shopping centres and major avenues for traffic. Colbyn is only 10 minutes from the centre of Pretoria, with access to various museums, monuments, green spaces, theatre, art galleries and historic buildings. The Union Buildings, which changed overnight from a symbol of white oppression to one of harmony, has not only some of the world’s most beautiful examples of sandstone architecture, but the surrounding terraced gardens, within walking distance of Colbyn, are well worth a visit. Interestingly, the statue of the country’s first president, General Louis Botha, remains among a number of monuments that embellish the lawns here. And the view from the top of the building of the city below is quite lovely at night, although probably not all that safe.
The Hatfield shopping mall and entertainment centre is easily accessed from Colbyn and you’re not far from a few of the major highways in and out of Pretoria. The zoo too is an easy trip from Colbyn and is regarded as one of the finest in the world. It may lie right in the heart of Pretoria, but it is 80 hectares of greenery that houses 97 mammals and 161 bird species and well worth a visit.
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In the city of Tshwane (Pretoria), Loftus Versfeld is situated 5 km from the city centre. To qualify for selection as a first and second round venue the floodlights, sound system and scoreboard at Loftus Versfeld will be upgraded and designated media areas will be constructed in the lower level of ... more information
The National Cultural History Museum is regarded as a centre for living culture and it focuses on the diversity of the country’s cultures and history of its people. It includes objects, manuscripts, documents, records, photographs and publications on cultural history in all areas in South Africa. Some of the ... more information
Church Square is located in the centre of town and is somewhat of a landmark in Pretoria. This is a worthwhile visit not only for the interesting history, but the number of buildings surrounding it each with their own story. See the broze statue of former president of the old Transvaal Republic ... more information
The gardens contain indigenous plants from all over South Africa, including cycads and aloes, grouped according to their climatic region, all clearly marked. They are especially attractive in winter when many different species of aloe are in flower, and in spring when the daisies and mesem ... more information
This is one of the most famous zoos in the world and the largest in South Africa. The most interesting feature of the zoo is the aquarium and reptile park. Visitors can also take a ride in the famous cable cars which provide excellent views of the zoo and city. See the koala bear from Australia ... more information
Pretoria also serves as one of the country’s three capital cities, officially the executive or administrative capital. With plenty to see and do in Pretoria most tourists find a day trip is often not enough to explore all the city has to offer. Browse through the tours of Pretoria and contact one of our Tour Guides who ... 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
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
Named after the wild fig (Ficus salicifolia) Wonderboom, for which the reserve is famous, and which grows at the foot of the northern slopes of the Magalies Mountain range, the Wonderboom Nature Reserve lies to the north of the city - a 200 hectare reserve that has as its heart a 1 000 year old specimen... more information
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