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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 the city on the horizon.
Staying in Rietfontein is indeed one of the best places to be if it is city escapes you are after. The Wonderboom Nature Reserve, a 200 hectare park famous throughout the world for its wild fig, known as the Wonderboom (miracle tree), lies on the kopje that divides north and south Pretoria. All that remains of the original miracle tree that began growing here more than 1000 years ago is a 5.5 metre diameter trunk - the tree is a shadow of its former self due to a combination of a fire and recent parasite infestation. But the reserve is worth a visit to see the daughter trees that have rooted themselves, and the selection of antelope, monkeys, dassies and birds.
The Roodeplaat Nature Reserve too is within an easy distance of Rietfontein and worth a visit for its abundance of fish, bird and wildlife. Over 170 species of birds have been recorded here and the southern side of the dam is more or less an accepted bird lover’s domain with two hides to prove it. The northern stretches are given over to leisure water activities such as canoeing, and you can hope to see zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala, wildebeest and even jackals.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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