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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.
Pretoria central beckons with its selection of monuments, museums and historical buildings. The Kruger House Museum, for instance, lies in Church Street and commemorates the life of Paul Kruger, former president of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, more than a century ago; whilst the Transvaal Museum gives a detailed history of the Transvaal before the 1910 union with the Cape Colony. It is worth a visit not least because of the palaeontological collections that include hominid fossils on display. Try to get to Melrose House, a Victorian mansion requisitioned by Lord Roberts for the British in 1900 - the tea garden is worth it.
Closer to home Waverley is near the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, which lies on the Kopje just past the gap in the Magaliesberg range. Famed for the wonderboom (miracle tree) that began growing here over 1000 years ago, the 200 hectare park is well worth a visit. Today the original wonderboom is a shadow of its former self due to a combination of fire and recent parasite infestation and all that remains is a 5.5 metre diameter trunk, but the tree has rooted a number of daughter trees and the reserve is also home to monkeys, dassies, birds and antelope.
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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
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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