Pretoria Tourism

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The City of Tshwane (Pretoria) is a progressive city whose charm lies in its harmonious blend of African roots and European traditions. It’s a city where history meets 21st century style and development, where vibrant township scenes compliment modern shopping centres.

Union Buildings

Set in an attractive terraced garden with magnificent views of the city, the Union Buildings were designed by the British architect, Sir Herbert Baker to accommodate the offices of the then Prime Minister, his ministers and departments, and were completed in 1913. The Union Buildings are the administrative headquarters of the Government and still house the offices of the President. They are visible from many vantage points in the city and are visited by large numbers of visitors and tourists. Mahlamba-Ndlopfu (where the elephant stays) is the President’s residence in the capital city. Built in 1940, the residence was designed in the dignified old Cape Dutch style by Gerard Moerdijk.

Voortrekker Monument

The great grey colossus, that is the Voortrekker Monument, can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria. Built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. The architect was Gerard Moerdijk and it was his ideal to design a “monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants.”

The well-known Fountains needs no introduction. Very few people realise that this recreational terrain was proclaimed as a nature reserve by President Paul Kruger on 1 February 1895. The Fountains is therefore the oldest nature reserve on the African continent.

In the region of the two natural springs, which supply water to Tshwane residents, are various recreational facilities, such as a well-equippped aravan park. Alongside the Apies River, in the shadows of Witstinkhout trees, are braai facilitiesso that patrons are not too far from the swimming pool, shelters (dance floors), children`s play park, and the historical ruins of the house of Lucas Cornelius Bronkhorst. The Denneboom kiosk and Fountains Deck Pub and Grill is within walking distance of this site.

To round off your day of fun, take a ride on the miniature train through the valley. For information contact: +27 12 440 2121/7131.

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