Pretoria Attractions, South Africa

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Pretoria Attractions, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa

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Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria.

Sedate, leafy Pretoria tends to endure a Cinderella complex when compared with the neighbouring city of Johannesburg. When it comes to world class cities, Johannesburg is one of the most ‘happening’ cities on the African continent and the city gleams with the glamour of money. Pretoria has been left to shrug off its former association with the apartheid government in a relative state of slumber, lying as it does in a warm, sheltered valley surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range that ensure that temperatures here are invariably a few degrees warmer than Johannesburg.

But don’t let the sleepy nature of the pretty city lull you into a false perception. Pretoria has a beauty all of its own, and the slow pace of life is regarded as a bonus by its residents. Many Jo’burgers seek a quieter existence in Pretoria, prepared to commute daily rather live in the comparative rat race. Wall flower the city is not. When in full bloom in October, Pretoria literally comes alive with blossoms and leaves no one in doubt as to the origin of its nickname - Jacaranda city.

Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria functions as one of three capitals of South Africa with a population that exceeds a million people, the bulk of whom are government officials. The city centre is laid out in typical city fashion on a grid with wide roads, making getting around fairly simple.

Pretoria’s potential name change to Tshwane (the city lies in the greater Metropolitan municipality of Tshwane) was approved by the names’ council in 2005 but still lacks endorsement by the Minister of Arts And Culture, remaining ‘under consideration’, which may or may not have something to do with the hue and cry that ensued at the onset of the name change. Practically mandatory when visiting the city are the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, the Union Buildings and various museums and galleries that include Melrose House, the Pioneer Museum, Sammy Marks museum, and the Voortrekker Monument. Outdoor activities include the Wonderboom and Groenkloof Nature Reserves, the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, and a steam train ride around Pretoria.


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Destinations / Suburbs of Pretoria

Amandasig

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Amandasig

Amandasig lies in Akasia, tucked in beneath the Magaliesberg, close to other suburbs with girls' names - Clarina, Karenpark, Chantelle and Theresapark. Despite being a northern suburb of Pretoria, the Jacaranda city, Amandasig... Amandasig information

Annlin

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The pretty emerging suburb of Annlin lies minutes outside of the city centre to the north of Pretoria, in the crook of Zambesi Drive in the shadow of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Lying just outside of Pretoria gives Annlin several ... Annlin information

Arcadia

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Arcadia is a suburb in Pretoria known for its historical buildings, embassies and hotels. The Union Buildings as well as the President's residence are also situated here. Interestingly, Andries Francois du Toit was ... Arcadia information

Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is a suburb of the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Brooklyn is a well-established, sought-after area, lying to the east of the city centre. It borders the University of Pretoria to its north and the suburbs of ... Brooklyn information

Bon Accord

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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 ... Bon Accord information

Brummeria

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Lying just east of the city centre of Pretoria, Brummeria is literally just up the road from the CSIR, Pretoria’s council for scientific and industrial research that has its own convention centre dedicated to ... Brummeria information

Capital Park

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Lying directly north of Pretoria's Church Square, Capital Park is one of the older more established suburbs of Pretoria, the little cottages here a throwback to the 1950s set in amongst more modern renditions with traditional tin roofs ... Capital Park information

Claremont

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The central western suburb of Claremont lies in a vertical rectangle with Bremer and Van Der Hoff Streets as its fulcrum. Neighbour to Pretoria Gardens, Daspoort and Booysens, Claremont lies a mere twenty minutes' ... Claremont information

Clydesdale

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The pretty, leafy suburb of Clydesdale, which lies almost midway between Brooklyn and Sunnyside is set in an ideal position for getting around Pretoria. Clydesdale is close to both UNISA and the University of Pretoria ... Clydesdale information

Colbyn

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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 ... Colbyn information

Constantia Park

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The leafy and well established suburb of Pretoria, Constantia Park, lies some 15 kilometres from the centre of Pretoria to the south-east of the city. Constantia Park is a pretty suburb with modern homes just down the ... Constantia Park information

De Wilgers

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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 ... De Wilgers information

Derdepoort

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Just beyond the Magaliesberg Mountain range, not even 15 minutes from Pretoria's centre, Derdepoort lies just off Zambesi Drive in a largely rural area divided into farms and small holdings. Those who live out ... Derdepoort information

Donkerhoek

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Lying even further east of Pretoria than Silver Lakes, Donkerhoek is situated right out in the 'country', a burgeoning neighbourhood that started with a series of smallholdings and country estates and is fast ... Donkerhoek information

Deerness

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Hidden in amongst the suburbs of Rietondale, Rietfontein and Villeria, the little suburb of Deerness, just north of Arcadia, remains virtually obscure in Pretoria, seldom spoken of and known only by those who live ... Deerness information

Eastwood

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Eastwood is one of the older more established suburbs of Pretoria, lying in the more sought after eastern parts, just outside the centre of the Jacaranda city. Staying here places you in an ideal spot from which to explore ... Eastwood information

Eloffsdal

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Eloffsdal is within easy reach of the centre of Pretoria, where the Zoo (more formally known as the National Zoological Gardens), amongst a myriad other highlights like Church Square, Kruger House Museum, Melrose House, the ... Eloffsdal information

Eldoraigne

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Eldoraigne

The suburb of Eldoraigne is one of the older well established suburbs in Centurion, positioned west of the old Johannesburg road. This up-market suburb is very popular suburb due to its central location to all attractions ... Eldoraigne information

Equestria

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Equestria

Equestria is a thoroughly modern suburb dominated by townhouse, simplex and estate living much sought after by first-time home owners and the young jet set crowd in Pretoria. Equestria is but a quick trip along the N4 ... Equestria information

Erasmia

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Erasmia

Erasmia is conveniently situated and amidst the commercial, entertainment and tourism epicentres of the country. Still, it is not part of the city centres and, thus, benefits from a quieter, suburban look and feel. The homes here ... Erasmia information

Erasmuskloof

Where to Stay: Pretoria Accommodation

Nestled in amongst Waterkloof Ridge, Waterkloof Heights and Newlands, Erasmuskloof lies on the other side of the N1 from Waterkloof, in an area where you can still buy vacant land on which to build, yet your access to ... Erasmuskloof information

Erasmusrand

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Erasmusrand

Positioned on the same side of the N1 as Waterkloof Ridge, in a niche bounded by Rigel Avenue and Hans Strijdom Drive, Erasmusrand is in a fairly wealthy part of Pretoria and homes here range from fairly modest ... Erasmusrand information

Faerie Glen

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Faerie Glen

The name of the suburb might conjure up images of faeries resting in mossy, tree-filled vales, but in reality Faerie Glen sits on the southern slopes of the Bronberg Mountain, a popular, fairly old, large and developed ... Faerie Glen information

Garsfontein

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Garsfontein

East of the city centre of Pretoria is the leafy neighbourhood of Garsfontein that manages to maintain an impression of calm and tranquillity due mostly to the tree-lined avenues peppered with jacarandas, despite being ... Garsfontein information

Gezina

Where to Stay: Search by Map in Pretoria

Gezina, sandwiched by Voortrekkers Road and Michael Brink Street just next door to Rietfontein in Tshwane's northern suburbs, is an ideal place to stay in the Jacaranda City if you need to be close to the centre ...Gezina information

Groenkloof

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Just over the hill from Pretoria's Unisa campus, Groenkloof lies bordered by the suburbs of Nieuw Muckleneuk, Waterkloof and the wonderful Groenkloof Nature Reserve. Calling it Groenkloof is rather apt. It...Groenkloof information

Hatfield

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The lovely, sedate neighbourhood of Hatfield has become known as the embassy suburb because of the inclination of embassies to move into the large homes that grace the area, which does in turn give one an indication of ... Hatfield information

Hazelwood

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The suburb known as Hazelwood, situated just above the Pretoria Country Club, east of Waterkloof, is a pretty neighbourhood in the heart of the sought-after eastern suburbs of Pretoria, close to Menlyn shopping centre ... Hazelwood information

Kameeldrift

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kameeldrift

Kameeldrift may be only 15 minutes outside of Pretoria, but this former rural area just beyond the Magaliesberg range of mountains remains a real country experience, the rustic suburb providing some wonderful places of ... Kameeldrift information

Karenpark

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Lying just north of Akasia in Tshwane's north western suburbs, Karenpark nestles in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, in amongst suburbs with a distinct feminine ring to them - Heatherdale, Chantelle, Clarina and ... Karenpark information

Lynnwood

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Lynnwood

The Pretoria east suburb of Lynnwood is one of several tranquil leafy suburbs to lie within the arc of the N1 as it swings past Pretoria. Lynnwood is situated just beyond Hatfield in line with Brooklyn and Waterkloof in ... Lynnwood information

Lynnwood Ridge

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Lynnwood

Lynnwood Ridge lies just north of Lynnwood Road in the sought-after eastern suburbs of Pretoria – a pretty, leafy suburb with large properties, swimming pools, big gardens and well established shopping malls. Both the N1 and ... Lynnwood Ridge information

La Montagne

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Lying virtually due east of the city centre of Pretoria, La Montagne nestles in amongst leafy, well established suburbs like Willow Park, De Wilgers and Meyerspark. La Montagne is perfect if you want easy access to ... La Montagne information

Magalieskruin

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Magalieskruin

The suburb of Magalieskruin lies to the north of the Pretoria city centre in Gauteng. When staying in Magalieskruin you are conveniently located close to all the major ... Magalieskruin information

Menlo Park

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Menlo Park

Menlo Park is a suburb in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Menlo Park borders other upmarket areas known as Waterkloof, Brooklyn and Lynnwood. Menlo Park was first established between the 1950s and 1970s. It was ... Menlo Park information

Menlyn

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Pretoria

The Menlyn of old was predominantly associated with Menlyn's huge shopping mall, its residential area sedate and quiet. But today's Menlyn is metamorphising into something of a 'Sandton' in Pretoria, and set to become a far more eclectic ... Menlyn information

Meyerspark

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Meyerspark

A lovely, quiet eastern suburb of Pretoria, Meyerspark lies in a highly accessible yet beautiful part of the city. Homes are prettily maintained with bordering green lawns and lavish gardens, and the N4 (Witbank ... Meyerspark information

Montana

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Montana

Montana, a quiet suburb north east of Pretoria, lies nestled virtually in the foothills of the Magaliesberg almost in a world of its own with its subtropical climate. Montana is a relatively new suburb and homes in ... Montana information

Moreleta Park

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Moreleta Park

The quiet leafy suburb of Moreleta Park, one of the most south easterly suburbs of Pretoria, is well located for quick access to Centurion, Johannesburg or Pretoria, particularly as it is so close to the N1, N4 and R21. ... Moreleta Park information

Monumentpark

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Pretoria

Immediate neighbour to the Pretoria-east suburbs of Waterkloof Ridge, Kloofzicht and Erasmusrand, Monumentpark is one of the more sought-after, upmarket suburbs in the leafy eastern parts of the second-largest city in Gauteng ... Monumentpark information

Mountain View

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At first sight it's just another jacaranda clad suburb of Pretoria, but drive into Mountain View and you soon notice that those homes lucky enough to have their backs to the lower slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains... Mountain View information

Muckleneuk

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Muckleneuk

The leafy suburb of Muckleneuk, lying as it does en route to Brooklyn and Waterkloof just beyond Sunnyside, is in an enviable position in the city with easy access not only to the city centre, but to the leafier and ... Muckleneuk information

Murrayfield

Where to Stay: Pretoria Accommodation

Murrayfield, in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, neighbours the well known and sought-after Lynnwood Ridge, Brummeria, Meyerspark and La Montagne. It is a little suburb that lies in the crook of the N4 with easy ... Murrayfield information

Newlands, Pretoria

Where to Stay: Pretoria Accommodation

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 ... Newlands Pretoria information

Pretoria CBD

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There are any number of reasons for visiting Pretoria's centre. There are historic buildings, monuments and museums that include the Pretoria City Hall (in front of it is one of the city's most beautiful parks - Pretorius ... Pretoria CBD information

Pretoria Gardens

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Interesting that a suburb should be named after gardens without an official garden in sight. But once one begins consulting the history books, the reason for this suburb's name becomes more evident ... Pretoria Gardens information

Pretoria North

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Pretoria North

Despite sounding as if it should describe a collection of suburbs north of the city centre of Tshwane, Pretoria North is in fact a suburb in its own right. True to its name, Pretoria North does lie north of the ... Pretoria North information

Rayton

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Rayton

Not far from the historical village of Cullinan is the little town of Rayton, another settlement to have evolved from the discovery of diamonds in the area. With the opening of the Premier Mine in the vicinity, many ... Rayton information

Queenswood

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The central suburb of Queenswood lies just beyond the equally popular and fairly sedate suburb of Colbyn, close to Kilner Park, Moregloed and Villeria, spread over either side of Soutpansberg Road. It borders on the greenery of ... Queenswood information

Rietfontein

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Rietfontein

One of the north-eastern suburbs of Pretoria, Rietfontein lies just a few kilometres outside of the centre of Pretoria between Waverley and Wonderboom South, the Magaliesberg Mountains a constant dim summons to escape ... Rietfontein information

Riviera

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Riviera

The conveniently situated suburb of Riviera lies virtually behind the famous Union Buildings, to the north of Pretoria. The broad jacaranda-lined streets in Riviera and comfortable homes with their manicured gardens are ... Riviera information

Shere

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Shere is a scenic suburb situated on the hillsides of Pretoria East in the ever-bustling Gauteng Province. This places it conveniently close to the urban hub of Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport, which is only some ... Shere information

Silverton

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Situated just beyond the N4/N1 interchange, Silverton lies close to the National Botanical Gardens, north east of the inner city of Pretoria. The pretty suburb's immediate neighbours are Meyerspark, Salieshoek, La Concorde and ... Silverton information

Sinoville

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Sinoville

Sinoville lies in amongst other northern suburbs of Pretoria like Montana, Annlin and Wonderboom, just a stone's throw from the city centre on the far side of the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains, a range that ... Sinoville information

Sunnyside

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Sunnyside

Sunnyside is a suburb of Pretoria in Gauteng, South Africa. Sunnyside is on most bus routes (5 minutes to the city centre), near to most of the foreign embassies and within easy reach of major banks. Sunnyside offers ... Sunnyside information

Tweefontein

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Tweefontein

Tweefontein comprises a number of scenic farms and smallholdings, with verdant landscapes and beautiful views. It is serene and peaceful, providing an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Still... Tweefontein information

Theresa Park

Where to Stay: Pretoria

The National Zoological Gardens of Pretoria are situated close to Theresa Park and are recommended for young and old alike. Suspended cableways allow visitors to get the best views of the zoo, while golf carts cater to those... Theresa Park information

Villieria

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Pretoria

The northern Pretoria suburb of Villeria, neighbour to Rietfontein, Rietondale, Moregloed and Waverley, lies just north east of the city centre, this side of the Magaliesberg mountain range. It is an older suburb, with ... Villieria information

Wadrift

Where to Stay: Pretoria Suburbs

The suburb of Wadrift is situated in Greater Pretoria, Gauteng, where the loveliness of the northern part of South Africa is made especially evident. It is a scenic suburb that offers the ideal combination of upmarket appeal... Wadrift information

Wapadrand

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Wapadrand

The far flung eastern suburb of Pretoria Wapadrand, lies just beyond Meyerspark along the N4 as it wends its way out of the city. The pretty upmarket suburb boasts a prolific bird life and the largest variety of ... Wapadrand information

Waterkloof

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waterkloof

Waterkloof is a suburb of the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Waterkloof is named after the original farm that stood there when Pretoria was founded in the 19th Century. Meaning “Water Rivine”, Waterkloof is a leafy, ... Waterkloof information

Waterkloof Glen

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waterkloof Glen

Close to the Pretoria east suburbs of Constantia Park and Newlands, Waterkloof Glen lies on the other side of the N1 from Waterkloof and Waterkloof Ridge, known collectively as ‘the waterkloofs’ where the more upmarket ... Waterkloof Glen information

Waterkloof Ridge

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waterkloof Ridge

Just on the other side of Monumentpark from Waterkloof, Waterkloof Ridge, with easy access to Pretoria and Centurion, is one of Pretoria’s more established eastern suburbs, a pretty part of the city with wide, ... Waterkloof Ridge information

Waverley

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waverley

Lying in the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, to the east of Rietfontein and not far away from the centre of Pretoria, Waverley is a well-serviced pretty little suburb heading north east out of the city. ... Waverley information

Weavind Park

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waverley

Weavind Park is a verdant suburb in the gorgeous town of Pretoria. This is one of the capital cities of South Africa, and is situated just outside Johannesburg in Gauteng Province. It is known for its scenic suburbs and wide... Weavind Park information

Willow Glen

Where to Stay: Pretoria Accommodation

Set on the eastern parameters of the jacaranda city of Pretoria, nestled between Lynnwood Road and the N4 to Witbank, Willow Glen is essentially a collection of small holdings and agricultural development ... Willow Glen information

Willow Acres

Where to Stay: Pretoria Accommodation

Situated in the eastern reaches of Pretoria's suburbs, Willow Acres is a collection of upmarket homes on a golf estate next door to Silver Lakes Golf Estate, a similar modern venture, on the south side of the N4 close to ... Willow Acres information

Willow Park Manor

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Willow Park Manor

Lying virtually in a straight line east of Pretoria's centre, Willow Park Manor is just off the N4, one of the major roads connecting the Jacaranda City with the sought-after eastern suburbs. Access ... Willow Park Manor information

Wonderboom

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Wonderboom

The pretty suburb lies ideally minutes from some of Pretoria's main attractions - the State Theatre, the Kruger Museum, Melrose House, the Pretoria Zoo and further afield the Voortrekker Monument, Smuts House ... Wonderboom information

Woodhill Estate

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Woodhill Estate

Woodhill Estate is a large residential estate and country club situated on a 207ha land in the Gauteng highveld, just 20km east of the Pretoria central business district. Woodhill Estate was built on what was ... Woodhill Estate information

Bashewa

Where to Stay: Pretoria

Bashewa is a relatively small area in East Pretoria, one of the prettier and most significant towns of Gauteng Province. It is situated about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and its international airport, OR Tambo. Bashewa ... Bashewa information

Pretoria

Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Pretoria

Union Buildings

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

Mandela's Statue at the Union Buildings

A nine-metre high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has stood at the foot of the Union Buildings since it was unveiled by Jacob Zuma a day after Mandela's funeral in Qunu, in December 2013. It is the tallest bronze sculpture of Mandela in existence. The tallest Mandela memorial is Marco Cianfanelli's steel construction at the... more information

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

If you grew up in the vicinity of Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, you will remember a time, during the 1970s, when the pink backed pelican bred here; and crowds of people came from all over Tshwane to watch the thousands of egrets, part of a large heronry that also developed here, come to roost in the ... more information

Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Mall is situated on the corner of Fehrsen and Lange Streets, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of Pretoria's Eastern suburbs and is the dynamic hub of this diplomatic area. With a compliment of more than 170 retail stores, Brooklyn Mall provides a comprehensive shopping choice.

Church Square Pretoria

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

Dinokeng Game Reserve

Why Dinokeng Game Reserve is such an attraction is because it provides Big 5 game viewing really close to Pretoria - half an hour, or an hour from OR Tambo International Airport. Which means you can simply fall out of the plane and be in the 'bush' pronto. Dinokeng translates ... more information

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

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 and sour bushveld and visitors will delight in observing the national flower – the Protea ... more information

Freedom Park

The Freedom Park opened its doors in December 2007. It is a space where South Africans and visitors to the country can reflect on the past, and is an inspiration for the future. It is regarded as one of the most ambitious heritage projects the government has invested in; an attempt to encapsulate the ... more information

Gautrain

The Gautrain is an 80 kilometre mass rapid transit railway system, which is a long-winded way of saying that Johannesburg constructed a (really) fast train that cuts out all of the traffic to and from the airport, just in time for the Soccer World Cup of 2010. Its presence is estimated to cut 20% of the ... more information

Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Groenkloof Nature Reserve, on the southern side of Pretoria, is the first nature reserve in the continent dating back to the time when President Kruger proclaimed the entire valley a game sanctuary, in 1895. Now it lies in the Fountains Valley, famous as the 'entrance' to Pretoria ... more information

Kruger House Museum

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

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

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

Melrose House

A beautiful example of Victorian architecture. The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging which ended the Anglo-Boer War was signed here in 1902. Today, Melrose House is a museum containing period furniture. Melrose House offers visitors guided tours by appointment, a clay tennis court, a reference library and a ... more information

Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

The Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve has a total area of about 100 hectares, and was originally a dairy farm in the 1800’s. The homestead that was built during that time now functions as a quaint chapel, while another home has been converted into a restaurant. This gives the buildings... more information

National Cultural History Museum

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

Pioneer Museum Silverton

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

Pretoria Country Club

Founded in 1910, the Pretoria Country Club nestles in the scenic beauty of Waterkloof, one of the city’s most prestigious suburbs. Over the years the Pretoria Country Club has become a landmark in Pretoria. It is renowned as the quality sports and social venue set in magnificent... more information

Pretoria Golf Club

Pretoria Golf Club, or Pretoria West as it is popularly known, is steeped in history. It was established in 1894, which makes it the oldest club in Pretoria.According to reports, President Paul Kruger used to visit the club in his stately carriage or luncheon engagements. A portion of the clubhouse was utilised by... more information

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

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

Pretoria National Zoological Gardens

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 Tours

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

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is one of the world's largest urban nature reserves, 3 800 hectares in extent, situated south of the city but still within the city limits. The Rietvlei Nature Reserve lies very close to the highway between Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport at a height of about 1700 m... more information

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

The Roodeplaat dam was constructed in 1956 and was initially called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam'. The Dam supplied the surrounding landowners with irrigation and was later developed into a tourism destination. Rich with abundant fish, bird and wildlife, the reserve which lies on the eastern shore of ... more information

South African Reserve Bank

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

South African State Theatre

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

Transvaal Museum of Natural History

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

Tswaing Meteorite Crater Museum

One of only four meteorite crater museums in the world (the others are in the US, Germany and France) the Tswaing Crater and its museum lie roughly 40 kilometres north of Pretoria. Not only is the Tswaing crater probably one of the best preserved meteorite craters in the world, but it definitely is the ... more information

Tswaing Nature Reserve

Just off the R35 north of Pretoria, the Tswaing Nature Reserve is incredibly beautiful. It houses not only a number of wild animals and a large variety of birds, trees and plants, but it is also the place of a 220 000 year old crater, the impact of a huge meteorite - said to be between 30 and 50 metres in diameter. The impact site ... more information

Voortrekker Monument

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

Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve

The reserve, in which you can see zebra, wildebeest, buck and other small mammals like mongoose, genets, hedgehogs and porcupines, was declared in 1992. Because of its position upon a hill, the reserve has some pretty spectacular views over Pretoria. But it also offers cycling, running ... more information

Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

If you want to really step back in time and experience farming as it once was, then the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, just 40 kilometres east of Pretoria, with the largest collection of farming implements in the country and a pretty unique collection of vehicles, is the place for you. The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum has ... more information

Wonderboom Nature Reserve

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

Pretoria Attractions

Things To Do in Pretoria

Do it in Luxurious Style on the Blue Train

Where: Pretoria to Cape Town
How much (per person): On Request

We rush to meetings, far too often grab a meal on the run and very rarely take the time we need to relax. More than once in my life I have l ... more information

Pretoria Art Museum

Where: Pretoria
How much (per person): R1 to R100

The Pretoria Art Museum is an art museum of world renown, specialising in South African art. Their mission is collecting, documenting and co ... more information

Shop at Hatfield Market

Where: Hatfield
How much (per person): Free to Browse

An energetic and entertaining market experience, the Hatfield Market is one of Pretoria's trendiest shopping and entertainment venues. Over ... more information

Pretoria

Holiday Accommodation in Pretoria

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AnnlinArcadiaBrooklynBrummeriaClydesdaleColbyn
Constantia ParkDerdepoortEldoraigneEquestriaErasmiaErasmusrand
Faerie GlenGarsfonteinHatfieldKameeldriftLa MontagneLynnwood
MagalieskruinMenlo ParkMeyersparkMontanaMoreleta ParkMuckleneuk
Pretoria NorthRaytonRietfonteinRivieraTweefonteinWapadrand
WaterkloofWaterkloof GlenWaverleyWaterkloof RidgeWillow Park Manor

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