Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
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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, Jacaranda-lined streets and a mix of architecture that ranges from older Victorian-style homes to the more recent Tuscan renditions that have proved so popular.
Waterkloof Ridge is a somewhat newer extension of Waterkloof that, together with other areas into which the original suburb has spread, like Waterkloof Park and Waterkloof Heights, are collectively known as ‘the Waterkloofs’. This group joins the ranks of Brooklyn, Monument Park and Lynwood in what is regarded in Pretoria as the ‘old east’, home to a collection of older, larger estates that are particularly fashionable for diplomats - Canopus Street boasts no fewer than 17 embassies - and what is described in property circles as ‘discerning buyers’.
Waterkloof Ridge, despite being rather strategically sandwiched between two major highways that make getting into Johannesburg or Pretoria relatively painless, is a tranquil garden suburb that offers a peaceful time of it for those here on business. The beauty of being on a ridge is the incredible hilltop homesteads offering some pretty awesome views that include the Union Buildings and the valley in which the central part of the city lies.
One is not short of entertainment in Waterkloof Ridge. A residential area it might be, but there are dozens of restaurants and shopping centres close by. Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Magnolia Dell and the National Botanical Garden are all within easy reach, and the little village of Irene, with its well known weekend market and Jan Smuts House as attractions, a recommended outing.
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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
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
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
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
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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