De Wilgers, Pretoria
De Wilgers, sometimes also referred to as Die Wilgers, lies wedged between Lynnwood Road and the N4 to the east of the centre of Pretoria, ideal for getting around the Jacaranda City and for a quick getaway, either into or out of the city.
You are in good company when staying in De Wilgers. Surrounding suburbs in the sought-after eastern suburbs of the city include Lynnwood Glen, Menlyn, Faerie Glen, Lynnwood Ridge and Willow Glen - all of them tree-lined and peaceful with upmarket properties that range from large double-storey homes to townhouse complexes. De Wilgers also lies in an area filled with green spaces. Both Faerie Glen Nature Reserve and tea garden, an ideal spot for a bird-rich afternoon tea, and the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, which lies just off the N4 close to Brummeria and offers a complete escape within a haven of trees, pathways and gardens - lovely for picnics and afternoon meanders - are close by.
One is also conveniently close to a number of 'must see' tourist spots like the Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings and Jan Smuts House, all roughly 10 kilometres or so from the De Wilgers.
On the south side of Lynnwood Road, south east of De Wilgers, lie the Bronberge, one of 20 ridges to occur in the Pretoria area that also include the Magaliesberg and Meintjieskop. This particular ridge is the most sensitive of these that provides a distinct atmosphere to this part of the city; a place where highveld meets bushveld. There is a surprising country-feel to this part of Pretoria, and the Bronberg Meander caters for those who don't want to head out as far as the Magaliesberg to experience a collection of artists' galleries, craft and gifts, nurseries and workshops.
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Boasting idyllic scenery and an abundance of birdlife, The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve in Pretoria is a popular 128ha sanctuary, with an interesting series of nature trails and walks. The reserve transitions between bankenveld (grassland) and sour bushveld, and visitors will delight in observing the national flower ... 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
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