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One of the major advantages to a stay in Sunnyside is its accessibility to town and Arcadia. Staying here means you can literally walk to the centre of the city and neighbouring suburbs.
Whilst it may be something of a trek – roughly thirty minutes or so to the State Theatre – the walk, sometimes beneath the city's famed Jacarandas, is both interesting and flat, making it relatively easy. Sunnyside, much like other older and more central suburbs of Pretoria, is laid out in an easy to navigate grid, its streets lined mostly with blocks of flats that date back to the fifties and sixties, most of them still comforting red brick, large balconied, multi-storey blocks. There are, of course, the towering blocks too, like the one that continues to remain above Sunnypark, the shopping centre that functions as the fulcrum of the suburb and has done since the 1970s, despite recently undergoing an overhaul to the tune of R300 million.
Sunnyside remains popular with students because of the myriad flats. If you stay in the northerly reaches of the suburb, you can walk to the University of Pretoria campus, and UNISA's Muckleneuk campus – easy to reach, if you don't mind a slight incline.
The night life of Hatfield, with its restaurants, clubs and bars, is close to Sunnyside, whilst a good few of the tourist attractions – the Voortrekker Monument, the Pretoria Zoo and the Union Buildings, designed by Herbert Baker and well worth a visit – are also easily accessible, if not by foot, then a few minutes by car.
The Gautrain now has a station in Hatfield, minutes away from Sunnyside and close to Loftus Versfeld. Also visit the Klaus Wasserthal art gallery in Celliers Street.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Sunnyside
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Things To Do in Sunnyside