Set in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, Newlands lies just on the other side of the N1 from Waterkloof Ridge, neighbour to Garsfontein, Faerie Glen and Constantia Park. It is a pretty little suburb with wide, leafy streets, close to large shopping malls like Menlyn Shopping Centre.
This older, more established part of Pretoria is very accessible. The N1, Lynnwood Road, and the R21, which takes one to O.R. Tambo Airport, are all close by making access to Johannesburg, Midrand and Centurion particularly easy. Tourist greats, like the Voortrekker Monument, the National Botanical Gardens, the Pioneer Museum in Silverton, and the Union Building are all within twenty minutes' drive of Newlands, and green weekend escapes are aplenty.
The famous sandstone building that is the Union Building, designed by Herbert Baker, was originally to house the entire public service for the then Union of South Africa, its horse-shoe shape a link between two wings, which represent the Boer and the English part of the population. Today the beautiful building serves as the residence of the presidency and his government, and parliament spends winter here (understandably given the wet cold in Cape Town!). At night it is a feature when lit up.
The Voortrekker Monument, set within its own reserve, is also a relic of the past. Perched on the top of Monument Hill, with incredible views over the city, it honours the founders of the former South African Republic and is a reminder of the courage and determination of the Voortrekkers - Dutch and Afrikaans pioneers who 'trekked ahead', leaving the Cape Colony for the interior during the 1830s and 1840s.
Close to Newlands is the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve and the Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve, ideal for daily strolls or weekend escapes.
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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 Pioneer open air Museum in Silverton is set in a graciously restored Victorian settler farmstead complete with horse mill and threshing floor, farming implements intact. A visit to the three hectare area gives one a real sense of early farming culture in South Africa, as one takes a guided tour around 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
The huge monolith that is the Voortrekker monument stands as a major landmark on a low hill, just outside Tshwane (as Pretoria is now called). Depending on who you are, the monument that has some of the finest sculpture work in the country is either a reminder of apartheid or an important memorial for ... more information