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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 little different from other suburbs in the city, but you’re centrally placed and getting around is easy, particularly as you’re only 10 minutes from the centre of the city. The beautiful and familiar Union Buildings, designed by Herbert Baker, lie at the crest of a hill, their sprawling gardens spread below - a fitting descent from the seat of parliament into the city. The buildings themselves are some of the world’s most striking examples of sandstone architecture built in the English monumental style and are 285 metres in length.
The statue of Nelson Mandela, which now stands in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, was originally intended to stand on the spot where Nelson Mandela gave his inaugural address to the nation. And the gardens invite a stroll, their terraces planted exclusively with indigenous plants; and there is a 9000 seat amphitheatre.
Just to the west of the Union Buildings and Riviera, the National Zoological Gardens, now a research facility, is definitely worth a visit. It is regarded as one of the leading zoos of the world, and the 80 hectares is the largest zoo in the country. It includes an aquarium and a reptile park as well as the third largest collection of exotic trees.
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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
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
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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