The Union Buildings are the official seat of South Africa's government and houses the Presidency. The buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913. The British high commissioner at the time, Lord Selborne, said that "People will come from all over the world to wonder at the beauty of the site and to admire the forethought and courage of the men who selected it". These words ring true until this day.
The Union Building gardens are perfect for a picnic and the famous statue of former President Nelson Mandela is a must. The views over Pretoria from this historical sight are absolutely stunning.
The Pretoria Botanical Gardens are a relaxing getaway from the city-rush. An outcrop divides the Garden in two sections, presenting two different worlds to the visitor and botanist. A paved nature trail gives access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge which boasts a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora. Beautiful hidden corners or big open lawns – pick and choose where you want to relax. There is a restaurant and visitors can also bring their own food and beverages. The Botanical Gardens are ideal for a romantic picnic for two, or a family outing for 40.
The Voortrekker Monument is located just south of Pretoria. This massive granite structure was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. It is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.
When most people are still sleeping on a Saturday morning, you will find the Pretoria boeremark already abuzz with activity. Ample safe parking and a wide variety of stalls are available. From fresh produce to books, crafts and flowers, you can find it all here. Feed the ducks, bring the dogs and make sure you don’t miss the steaming hot coffee.
The South African State Theatre saw the birth of, and was the driving force behind, the establishment of the performing arts in all spheres in South Africa. The Theatre today plays a leading role in the development of the performing arts, and is host to the colourful variety of entertainment found in the diverse cultures of our wonderful country.
The South African State Theatre has an important and necessary part to play in the daily lives of everyone and is definitely here to stay. From comedy to ballet – you can find it all here. Visit the website for details about shows and showtimes.
During the 1920s the Pretoria Sub-union had not foreseen the growing need for fields, and subsequently commenced the building of a concrete stand which could accommodate 2 000 spectators. At the end of 1928 they used the profits to erect the changing-rooms and toilets. Today Loftus (named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, who is seen as the founder of organised sport in the Pretoria area) can seat more than 50 000 spectators and is home to the Blue Bulls provincial rugby team. The stadium hosts rugby and various other events throughout the year. It is known as one of the most intimidating stadiums in the world for visiting teams and is a great place to watch sporting events or gape at inventive supporters’ outfits.
Colbyn Golf Park offers you the opportunity to sharpen your skills on the driving range followed by a delicious meal in the restaurant. The tables outside under the trees are wonderful and the menu has something for everyone. There is also a golf shop and a hairdresser on site. Follow them to keep track of some of the fantastic specials and don’t forget the great kids’ play area.
Extravagant shopping and exhilarating entertainment. Conveniently located within a short distance off the N1 Highway in the East of Pretoria. With more than 300 stores, 37 restaurants to choose from and a wide variety of entertainment, movies and more.
The Wonderboom is a 1,000 year old wild fig tree located on the northern slopes of Magaliesberg, near the Apies River just north of Pretoria. At the centre of the tree stands the original tree trunk, over 5m thick. Over hundreds of years the tree's massive limbs spread out and would touch the ground. From the radial points new trunks would grow. This process has resulted in a single tree with 13 different trunks, covering an area nearly 50m in diameter.
A short hike up the hill will take you to the remains of the Wonderboom Fort. Although there is not much left of the fort, the view across the city is well worth the effort. Pack a picnic basket or enjoy a braai on the lawns with a well maintained kids’ play area.
Freedom Park is a cultural institution housing a museum and a memorial dedicated to chronicling and honouring the many who contributed to South Africa's liberation. The museum narrates the story of the African continent, and specifically South Africa, from the dawn of humanity, through pre-colonial, colonial and apartheid history, to the post-apartheid nation of today. It is a long walk, spanning some 3.6 billion years.
The park’s mission is to provide a pioneering and empowering heritage destination in order to mobilise for reconciliation and nation building in our country.
At Hazel Food Market you can find the best food products Pretoria has to offer with the emphasis on exciting new tastes to make your Saturday mornings something to look forward to. You’ll find anything from fresh fruit, veggies and meat to yummy tarts and sweets, fresh as can be breads, all types of ready-to-eat meals, frothy cappuccino, mouth-watering milkshakes, beautiful flowers, home-grown herbs, deli-style products and much more.
Ample benches to relax and eat and kids play area for the little ones. The aim of the Hazel Food Market is to bring residents of Pretoria fresh products straight from the producer at a convenient authentic food market.
The Groenkloof Nature Reserve, located adjacent to the Fountains Valley at the southern entrance to Pretoria, was the first game sanctuary in Africa. The reserve of 600 ha is managed by the Department of Nature Conservation.
The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, ostrich, giraffe and sable. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve offers a large variety of activities for nature lovers just 5 km from the city centre.
Kievits Kroon’s newly launched High Tea menu is a delightful mix of traditional favourites such as scones served with butter, jam and fresh, whipped cream, and smoked salmon, cream cheese and lemon pearl sandwiches, but also includes many more mouth-watering items. From smoked salmon mini bagels and asparagus and Parmesan quiches, to strawberry and lavender cheesecake, and white chocolate and coffee layered cake, there is something to suit all appetites and preferences, whether sweet or savoury. High Tea is served between 10am and 3pm on the Manor House terrace, under the pool pergola, or on the lawn.
Set in acres of rolling veld just outside Pretoria, Zwartkoppies Hall epitomises all the ornate elegance of prosperous colonial households during the latter decades of the last century. The 48 graciously rooms are filled with exquisite furniture, porcelain, paintings and silver, making it a home truly worthy of Sammy Marks's status as one of the leading industrialists of his day. The museum is unique in that it's the only Victorian mansion in the country whose interior is preserved intact and wholly authentic.
Once you have completed your tour, relax for a while over tea and scones. Tables are under the trees and also on the wide trellised verandah that runs the length of the house, affording splendid views of Bertha's rose garden.
Some 220 000 years ago a blazing stony meteorite the size of half a football field slammed into the earth’s crust. The impact formed a huge crater, 1.4 km in diameter and 200 m deep. This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world.
Natasha Sideris, one of the most inspirational South African entrepreneurs in a long time opened the first Tashas in 2005. Since then her hands-on approach has taken her brand to a whole new level. Visit Tashas for wonderful breakfasts, fantastic lunches or delightful dinners. Their focus is on great service and beautiful design. Don’t miss the Turkish Delight cocktail!
The Atterbury Theatre is a superb classic concert hall and is used night after night for a variety of events.
Atterbury Theatre also has a complete Computicket office and there is a well-equipped cash bar in the foyer, where guests can enjoy a drink before a show or during interval. The foyer and bar area walks out onto a balcony with a view over one of the most beautiful parts of Pretoria.
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually. An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.
Enjoy leisurely walks on the walkways that measure almost 6 kilometres in total. Relax for a picnic, buy snacks and drinks from the vendors or bring your own. It’s up to you!
Soulstice Day Spa Pretoria is famous for its state of the art facilities, superior customer care and cutting edge top to toe skin and body treatments. The therapists all have internationally accredited qualifications: In this way they ensure that guests have a five star experience at the hands of qualified and enthusiastic professionals.
This lush park with its willow tree lined stream has a jungle gym, swings, slide, rocking horse and a spinning wheel. The charming restaurant seats up to 150 people. Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. Meals are of high quality yet affordable.
Horseback Africa specialises in horse riding safaris, walking with lions, polo and photographic safaris. In a vehicle you're restricted to roads and pathways but on horseback you're free to follow the wildlife wherever they go. You see, smell and hear the bush - a truly unique experience.
For some of the most delicious home made ice-cream in the city, look no further. With a variety of traditional and unusual flavours everyone will find something to their liking. Everything is made without preservatives or artificial flavourings, yet is rich and creamy in texture and full of flavour.
The Centre was established in South Africa in 1971 and has recently been renamed to The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre as a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of the cheetah species. Today the Centre can look back with satisfaction on a job well done in successfully breeding the king cheetah in captivity for the first time in the world. Here you can also see the African wild dog, brown hyaena, servals, suni antelope, and many others. A life changing experience.
Restaurant Mosaic is located in The Orient Boutique Hotel in the Francolin Conservation Area in Elandsfontein. Here award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall – voted SA’s Chef of the Year – produces amazing dishes that taste as beautiful as they look. She has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map and draws her inspiration from fresh, seasonal produce. The restaurant is decorated in the Belle Epoque style and has an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms.
Rietvlei dam was built during the great depression and currently provides Pretoria with 15% of its water. The reserve covers an area of 3800 hectares and can support up to 2000 head of game.
Rietvlei Dam offers a number of sporting facilities. Fishing is popular and the angling area includes toilet and braai facilities as well as camping and chalets for overnight guests. Fish caught in Rietvlei dam include catfish, yellowfish, carp and Tilapia. You can also enjoy the hiking trails or do bird watching from the beautiful bird hides.
40km of roads within the reserve make for a pleasant family outing. Game to be seen ranges from cheetah to rhino. Birdhides, toilets and braai facilities are available along the roads. Night drives are also a must for groups of more than 10 people. Firewood and blankets are supplied and visitors bring their own food to braai at the Fish Eagle Lapa.
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A restful retreat, ideal for a leisurely brunch, tea with the ladies, or family outings.
Bester Birds cc was created by Mr. Mike Bester and family in the 1980’s. It started off as a small bird shop that was and still is situated in the eastern part of Pretoria in Willow Glen. As a wildlife enthusiast, Mike had always dreamed of opening his own zoological garden where families could enjoy and learn about some of the world's weird and wonderful animals and birds. It was not long after the opening of Bester Birds cc that Mike opened Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park. He imported different animals from zoos all over the world for his park and soon began importing and exporting wildlife across the globe. Mike's main focus was, and continues to be, to provide a relaxing, educational and safe experience for animal lovers, while giving the animals a comfortable place to live, with the best care possible. This venue is popular for kids’ parties but kids and adults alike can have a ton of fun!
The Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a 11.76 ha nature reserve located in the Walkerspruit Open Space System, in the Nieuw Muckleneuk suburb of Pretoria and is a regular Sunday afternoon picnic spot for families. The area around the Blue Crane restaurant, which lies virtually on the dam and adjacent reed beds, attracts blue crane, grey crowned crane, rock doves, speckled pigeons and the odd Egyptian goose, that all feed regularly here. There is a bird hide and guided walks as well as an exhibition hall.
The Blue Crane, situated in the heart of Pretoria next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary offers various exciting areas. Ideal for private or corporate functions, including an inside dining area next to the fireplace, a coffee deli on the outside deck of the extended restaurant and the classy upstairs bar with its own deck overlooking the dam and the bird sanctuary.
Not only do they cater for all sorts of functions, but they also offer the famous breakfast and lunch buffet every Sunday. They even have a custom jungle gym for all their younger patrons which add even more value to your unique experience.
The Erasmus Castle, or Ghosts House as it is widely known, was built by a Jochemus Erasmus. This eccentric character was said to have obtained the 27 000 morgen farm Garsfontein in exchange for a pair of velvet trousers and a salted horse. The house is situated on a rising, and for many decades clearly visible from the eastern bypass. The impressive building with its bow windows, ornate gables and turret stretching above the undulating Highveld is an impressive sight until this day.
That a house of this design had to have a ghost no one would question. And even if supernatural appearances were not encountered as the years passed by, or not talked about by the owners, strange stories were bound to circulate after the house featured in an Afrikaans ghost movie of 1946 called Hier’s Ons Weer (Here we are again) with El Debbo and Frederik Burger as principal actors. There could not have been a more suitable building for a ghost movie and until this day everyone in Pretoria talks about the spookhuis (haunted house).
There is a monthly ghost tour in Pretoria, and although you can’t go inside, Erasmus Castle is an indispensable part of the experience.
Having been around for almost two decades, Eastwoods Tavern has become a must-visit-venue when one finds oneself in Pretoria. The ever changing interior ensured that this once small pub with humble beginnings has developed and transformed into an elaborate urban chic feast for the eyes - this is however- not the only feast that one will encounter when visiting Eastwood Tavern. Here you are spoilt for choice with a variety of dishes with a twist. These generously portioned dishes, great drinks specials, combined with the vibrant atmosphere, allows for a truly unique experience that one will remember.
The beautifully designed centre is a nature lover’s paradise with gently meandering pathways beckoning the visitor to explore further. A haven of choice and inspiration for both the gardener, home decorator and tired city dweller, this is not merely a stop to buy plants.
Patrons spend the day in the exquisite natural surrounds, enjoying the facilities. The centre has a series of lakes and waterfalls, where exotic waterfowl and giant koi glide by effortlessly. Products of the finest quality are displayed on one of the largest sales floors in the world. Exclusive garden décor compliments a staggering array of plants.
There is also a restaurant and a kids’ petting zoo and play ground to make a day of it.
Come spoil yourself at this beautiful private game reserve, a world where the only traffic is a herd of impala, zebra, eland or kudu. Where the sounds of freeways and burglar alarms are replaced by the robust roaring of lion, sweet call of guinea fowl, woodland kingfishers and fish eagles.
Visitors can see the lions, white lions, black leopards, hyenas and more in the Kevin Richardson Sanctuary (Predator Research Centre). There are also Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Gemsbok, Springbok and more. Predators roaming freely are Lion, Brown Hyena, Leopard, Caracal, Civet, Small spotted Genet and Black backed Jackal.
The 1,500 ht. reserve forms part of the bigger Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, the only Big 5 game reserve in Gauteng.
Great ambience, amazing flavour combinations and some of the best wines around all make for a wonderful dining experience. Add to this the spectacular service of knowledgeable waiters (I dare you to ask them to translate the entire specials-menu into Afrikaans) and you are guaranteed value for your money. The sushi is fantastic and whether you book lunch or dinner you will not be disappointed,
The Grove Mall is home to more than 100 stores. It features a unique inside-out section, aptly named the "Grove", depicting a continental atmosphere, with 14 picturesque olive trees, adorned with fairie lights, creating the ideal eating, socializing, and meeting spot at any time of the day, surrounded as it is by a selection of well-known restaurants.
The mall has proudly associated itself with various forms of arts and entertainment, and regularly hosts these types of events. The Grove Mall is anchored by Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths and Edgars, and also houses an array of interesting stores that give the mall its unique character.
Church Square in central Pretoria was the site of the city’s first church, built in 1855. During its early years, the square was used as a marketplace and sports field. Today Church Square is a great example of 19th-century and early 20th-century architecture.
The square is surrounded by numerous historical buildings, including the Palace of Justice where former president Nelson Mandela and several of his African National Congress comrades were charged and tried for treason during the infamous Rivonia Trial. Former president Paul Kruger’s large bronze statue sits at the centre of the Square.
Set in the affluent green suburb of Groenkloof, this beautiful treelined park has a dam and a stream running over little falls. There is a neighbourhood security watch looking after the Park making it popular for families picnicking on the lawns walking their dogs, The Cycads and Giant Strelitzias are some of the best examples in Pretoria. There is no restaurant but there are toilet facilities and a car park.
Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. In a series of journeys lasting from 48 hours to a month, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa’s greatest destinations
Memorials have more than one use. They serve to remind us of what is past, of great deeds of heroism and sacrifice; they also serve as a pointer, and sometimes as a warning to the future.
It is in this sense that the South African War Museum, commemorating the 2nd World War, may be regarded as a memorial. It reminds us not only of the part we played in the great struggle to save civilization, but also of the horrors, the loss of life and the devastation, and serve as a warning to us to create a world in which we shall never have to use again the weapons of mass destruction.
In 1975 the Museum’s name was changed to the South African National Museum of Military History and its scope was expanded to include the history of all military conflict in which South Africans have played a part.
This Hazelwood gem offers a modern, industrial looking restaurant, combined with a very unique taste experience. They specialize in cured meats, baking their own breads and artisanal cheeses. The rest of the menu is an amazing gastronomic affair. For example, try their Fresh Assiago Cheese Souffle, Passion Fruit, Lime Zest, Candied Almonds or the Pan Fried Oxtail Stuffed Squid, Apple and Raisin Dressing. The passion of the owner, chef and waitress are visible. No wonder it is one of the most popular restaurants in Pretoria and South Africa.
The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum preserves and presents South African agricultural history in a unique manner. The Museum showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone Age until 1945. It has a large collection of farming implements, tractors and animal-drawn vehicles. There is a farmyard with animals and homemade jams, cookies, soap and Ndebele beadwork can be purchased at the Museum farm stall. There are two house museums and two Ndebele homesteads from different eras. The Museum distils and sells its own mampoer and liqueurs. The annual Mampoer Festival takes place at the end of May each year.
Imagine picturesque and mysterious corridors with treasures of individual choice. A place where you can treat yourself to an arty cultural experience. Duncan Yard offers shoppers a creative shopping and dinning experience with and ambient and unique atmosphere. Art, clothing, decor, gifts, furniture and much much more. Finish the trip with a delicious meal at Papa’s Real Food.
The Irene Village Market is an art market on the shady grounds of the Smuts House Museum. There’s ample guarded parking, safe kids' entertainment, a fully-licensed tea garden, numerous food stalls and over 250 exhibits with wares ranging from art and craft to clothing, delicacies, antiques, flowers and curios.
The market is famous for its rustic, 'old-world' setting on the slopes of Smuts Hill, just a stone's throw from the village of Irene on the banks of the Hennops River.
Nestled in the quaint miner’s village of Cullinan, just 30 minutes from Pretoria, Cullinan Adventure Zone is home to some of the best adrenaline pumping activities in Gauteng. They offer individuals and companies a wide range of activities to be enjoyed as a fun adventure or as a part of a comprehensive team build. You can also book Horseback Riding, Hiking Trials, Gorge-gliding, Abseiling, Bongo Drumming, Archery, Mountain Biking and more.
3@Marion Guesthouse is a beautiful sanctuary of calm and relaxation, ideally located in a private leafy street in Colbyn, one of the most beautifully peaceful suburbs in Pretoria.
Their location makes them the perfect destination for business and pleasure with quick and easy access to the N1 and the N4 highways. From a delicious breakfast to a romantic date night… let them be your home away from home for meetings, sight-seeing and everything in-between.
Café Riche is a fully licensed bistro situated on Church Square in the centre of Pretoria. Originally established in 1905, the building celebrated its centenary in 2005, making it the oldest café and bistro in Pretoria. The Café is frequented by South Africans as well as tourists from all over the world. Café Riche bakes fresh pastries from six until about twelve at night, so you are assured that the popular baguettes and croissants will always be fresh. Wash it down with a cold Belgian beer.
Situated in the heart of Pretoria’s cosmopolitan suburbs, Brooklyn Mall combines all the right components to create a vibrant hub of activity for one of the Capital’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Brooklyn mall offers international trend setting shops, exclusive designer boutiques and luxury specialty retailers. With plenty restaurants and coffee bars sure to tantalize your taste buds, you can also enjoy two hours of complimentary parking in their safe roof-top or undercover parking areas.
Blos Café mixes an authentic farmhouse feel with modern glass and vintage décor. The beautiful garden is perfect for everything from a romantic lunch for two to a hearty family meal with ample play area for the kids. Enjoy beautiful sundowners or start the day early with coffee and croissants.
Great food, unique venue hire options and creative drinks (including a variety of craft beers) all form part of BLOS’ recipe for success.
Beautiful lawns make the LC De Villiers Sports Grounds the ideal venue to have a picnic, play with the dogs or go for a jog. Set on the University of Pretoria’s grounds it is home to students, runners and a few adorable ducks. Designed by architect Brian Sandrock, the Sport Centre is situated on the LC de Villiers Sports Grounds, and includes sporting facilities, lecture rooms and the Rembrandt Hall.
Ludwig’s Roses was established in 1971, north of Pretoria. From small beginnings, through hard work and passion their specialist nursery has grown to become the strongest rose brand in South Africa. They stock a huge variety of quality plants and visiting any one of the rose centres is an experience for the senses. The tea garden is famous in its own right for functions or a quick cup of tea.
Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must. Started in 1895, the Irene Dairy Farm has been run the whole time by the van der Byl family who are now on to five generations and has become an iconic landmark in the Gauteng countryside.
The Dairy Shop sells certified raw milk (one of the last places to do so) that is produced right there on the Irene Farm. The Shop also has a wide range of cheeses, cakes, rusks and other fresh fare.
Moving through the farmyard, visitors should stop by the Deck or the Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide variety of freshly-made breakfast and lunch options.
Capital Craft Beer Academy specializes in serving great food paired with some of the best Craft Beers available. Try the Blue Marrow Burger...well try any burger really as long as you get those amazing onion rings on the side. And don’t miss their legendary Beer fests.
The streets of Pretoria are not only adorned with its famous purple Jacaranda blooms but also with two big purple buses. The company acquired and transformed old city council buses into sight-seeing and Party Buses. The buses are licensed to carry 60 passengers each. As required by law, the top deck is partially covered in the middle, but is open on the sides. A bar counter (you must supply your own drinks), radio / CD-system (MP3 with USB port) with 10 speakers and a toilet are also fitted on the buses.
The buses are available for charter for office functions, birthday and bachelor parties, marches, weddings, sight-seeing tours and for general transport to sport events, golf days, dinner evenings, basically anything!
Let Tranna spice up your life with some of the most delicious Indian Curry Cuisine the city has to offer. The food is prepared by the finest chefs that only use the best of ingredients like fresh spices and herbs, the best grade meat and the freshest vegetables.
The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History formerly known as the Transvaal Museum was founded on the 1st of December 1892. Since then it has acted as custodian and documentation centre of South Africa’s natural heritage. It is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa.
Yes, it is true that some of the exhibits have not been updated in many years, but everything is still relevant and great fun for children of all ages. The museum is clean and security is good although parking can be a challenge.
The Pretoria Art Museum collects and conserves mainly South African art and compiles regular exhibitions. They also organise educational activities on a regular basis. Both traditional and contemporary art forms are represented and works include painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and many more. Expect peaceful surroundings – sadly (gladly?) the museum is often very quiet.
Lakelands Strawberry Farm and venue offers fresh strawberries, beautiful lawns and a great tea garden. There is also a quaint little shop where you can buy gifts (mostly strawberry related!) and snacks. Order a picnic basket and relax next to the beautiful pond for the day.
The farm grows organic strawberries and other fruit, vegetables and herbs. If you go during strawberry season you can even pick your own.
No visit to Pretoria is complete without a visit to this fantastic venue. Yadah castle is fused with the exotic touch of the Ottomon empire. The authentic Turkish restaurant has multiple private dining rooms, a luxury hammam spa and shopping boutiques. Enjoy delicious food in a unique setting. Engage with the dancers and be transported to a land far far away where you can eat, drink, be merry and lose all sense of time.
Amazing combinations such as aubergine and olives. butternut and feta or the fantastic strawberry, salmon and rocket pizza makes Toni’s Pizza a treat for the senses. The freshest ingredients and friendly staff ensure a great experience overall. They also have banting and gluten free bases available.
Nkwe Resort is just outside Pretoria and an ideal spot for family, friends and group get togethers.
Visitors can book in the camping areas or simply enjoy the beautiful picnic areas as a day visitor. Scenic walks thought the shaded valleys on the banks of the Pienaars river are a must.
Presley’s is one of those Pretoria institutions that you either love or hate… or you hate to love. This nightclub offers regular events, shows and specials but is mostly known for the fact that it is one of very few places where you can openly and proudly enjoy a good old traditional lang-arm sokkie and still be cool. Well, kinda. Don’t go home without enjoying a juicy, delicious boerewors-roll from a vendor outside.
Fort Klapperkop was the third fort erected before the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 to 1902) to protect Pretoria. The fort has since been restored with permanent exhibitions of Anglo-Boer War objects and furniture.
Apart from the museum, the Fort also houses a stable complex, an old steam locomotive and the last tram used in Pretoria. Picnic, braai, event and conference areas are available.
Fort Klapperkop, however, is just as well known for its amazing views across the city as it is for the actual fort. Take a leisurely drive and stop at the clearly marked spots for great photo opportunities.
Guy Fieri is one of TV's most popular stars and his focus on flavour and generosity makes his restaurants worldwide a hit. Pretoria is delighted to host his first restaurant in South Africa: At Guy Fieri's restaurant & bar in Time Square you can find his signature generous portions filled with unique flavours like donkey sauce and his famous blue-sabi sauce (blue cheese and wasabi) (yes, really). Don't miss out on his spectacular cocktail menu unlike any you have ever seen. Be sure to try a few of those before you get on the mechanical bull.
The Cradle Of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng. It is widely recognized as the place from which all of humankind originated.
The 47 000-hectare site has unearthed the best evidence of the complex journey which our species has taken to make us what we are – a place of pilgrimage for all humankind. It is not only a place of ongoing scientific discovery into our origins, but also a place of contemplation – a place that allows us to reflect on who we are, where we come from and where we are going to.
A fascinating boat ride and fantastic guides will ensure an experience to remember.
The world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves is home to the oldest and most continuous paleaontological dig in the world. It is also the site of discovery of the famous pre-human skull affectionately known as “Mrs Ples”, and an almost complete hominid skeleton called “Little Foot”, dated 2.3 and 4.17 million years old respectively. No one knows what still lies hidden in the rocks of the Sterkfontein Caves and other sites. The World Heritage Site status the area now enjoys ensures that what is deep within its core will be protected and explored forever.
Fantastic guides will ensure you get real value for money.
The Elephant Sanctuary has three African Elephant Sanctuaries across three provinces in Southern Africa. These Elephants have been domesticated through positive reinforcement animal management principles, and as a result, provide us with the unique opportunity to interact with them. Visitors are taken on a journey into the world of the African elephant and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed and get to know these animals. The Elephant Sanctuary is unique in that it offers visitors the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with the elephants. You can also ride on the Elephants and finish off your date with a kiss!
Harties Boat Cruises offers Saturday Sunset Cruises and Sunday Lunch Cruises on Hartbeespoort Dam. You can view the sites around the dam from the water, including the lavish houses of the hidden estates and the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountain Range. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the water slowly passing under the boat, the birds flying over the water and the fish jumping from below while you sip on your drinks and dine on snacks or a buffet.
For the more energetic, jet boat rides and other waters sports can be included in your cruise.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is a unique eco-adventure that takes you accross 11 platforms in the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof (a nature wonderland carved out of the mountainside over millions of years), joined by 10 cabled slides up to 140 metres long and in places 30 metres above the canopy floor.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour resembles a Tarzan and Jane style adventure that essentially involves sliding from platform to platform in zig-zag formation across the top of Ysterhout kloof, while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology. Two trained guides accompany each tour ensuring your safety while, at the same time, keeping you entertained with interesting facts about the history of the range and its protected Fauna and Flora. Don’t miss an opportunity to do this.
Situated conveniently in the heart of vibrant Hatfield, home to the University of Pretoria, the Plaza offers secure parking and a wide variety of stores. From clothing and groceries to art supplies and pipe tobacco. Tip: Scan your parking ticket when buying something from Pick ‘n Pay and get up to 2hours of free parking. Also pop by the flea market on Sunday mornings when you can.
No bucket-list will be complete without volunteering some of our time to charity, and one way to do that is through ForGood.co.za. They have more than 316 registered causes, who posted more than 610 needs in the past few months alone. The site puts you in touch with causes and their needs but if you don’t find something ideal, you can register or offer your donation/time and will be put in touch with someone who can make use of that offer. Connecting people who want to make a difference to the causes that need their help. This is the home of the forgood community.
Pretoria has some of the best weather in the country which makes it perfect for getting active in the fresh air. Whether you are a serious runner or just getting involved for some fun, there is a run somewhere in Pretoria literally every weekend (and often midweek as well.) From the Color Run to the Spar Ladies race. There are lantern runs, a Voortrekker Monument run, a Zoo run, a Botanical Garden run and about a billion others. Pages such as runnersworld.co.za and racecalendar.co.za can give you more information. Go for a leisurely 5km walk or complete the 21km race. Bring the kids, the dogs or go solo – it’s all up to you. No better way to start the weekend.
In an era when we do everything online, it is completely refreshing to pick a real book from a long shelf, blow the dust from the cover (even if there is actually no dust – its fun being melodramatic like that) and page through the chapters that so many others have held before you.
The National Library of South Africa is the leading national library and information centre of excellence in Africa and the world. They are the primary resource and custodian of South African documentary heritage and promote creative, effective and efficient universal access to information. The library collects and preserves published documents and make them accessible. They ensure that knowledge is not lost to posterity and that information is available for research. Their collection includes rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers. Many of these are available on CD or microfilm, in digital format or accessible online.
“One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” —Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices
Tea etiquette can be a serious business. The order of pouring and folding and stirring can send subtle signals that you are not even aware of. Apparently you first need a splash of milk to protect the delicate china. Never just dunk a teabag in hot water. And never dare squeeze the teabag - it makes the tea bitter. No clinking and pinkies down, please. Luckliy the grave matter of tea-drinking also has some delight: sugar cubes and rose petals, dainty tea spoons and don't forget the yummy scones and freshly baked muffins, pretty petit-fours and colourful macarons.
If all of this is your cup of tea (ta-daaa) then don't miss the delightful spread at 54 on Bath. It might not be in Pretoria, but the Gautrain station is…
Cape Riding Horses are known for their loving nature, trustworthiness as well as hardness. They do outrides at the Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve in Pretoria and one of our favourite options is the moonlight ride giving you the opportunity to see spectacular views of Pretoria at night. Experienced riders will enjoy a challenging ride and inexperienced riders can relax and enjoy a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience something new. The horses are well disciplined and patient and the guides are wonderful.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located near the famous Fountains Valley. Impala, kudu, blue wildebeest and ostrich as well as giraffe and red hartebeest can be found in the reserve. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end. Enjoy a picnic or relax on the beautiful lawns. There are also hiking trails, 4x4 trails and mountain biking trails for the adventurous.
Did you ever play pirate as a child? With a hand-drawn treasure map that shows you the route to follow to get the treasure/chocolate? Well, whether you did or not, now you can be a part of the largest treasure hunt on earth. Treasure hunting has gone all modern with millions of geocaches around the world and more than 316 in Pretoria. Download the app, find the treasure and add your name to the long list of treasure hunters. You can share your experience online and become part of one of the funnest networks on earth. Check it out! It’s strangely addictive.
Can you imagine anything better than spending a Sunday with your best friends, having a picnic and enjoying the amazing talented musicians SA has to offer? After the up-close and personal concert, take a selfie with your favourite artist.
Besides the music, one can also enjoy a variety of stalls, food and beverage and a 360 degree view of Pretoria.
When the day is done and Michael Lazar starts playing his swing set, make a toast and take a selfie with the spectacular African sunset as your backdrop. Absolutely worth a visit and you will want to go back every month!
Set in one of Pretoria's most popular new areas you will find Italian produce and charm in the true sense of the word. This unique venue offers an Italian market vibe with an inhouse butcher shop, wine and beer, retail items and don't forget the amazing cheese. Stroll through and shop or have a seat and enjoy the wonderful platters. Their service staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming.
Burger Bistro is a concept started by two guys who love burgers and had too much time on their hands. (In their own words) They opened the first restaurant in Villieria “against their mothers’ advice” and proceeded to achieve almost immediate success. Their homemade patties, amazing milkshakes (or beer) and fresh ingredients sets them apart and the service sealed the deal. Don’t miss the Roquefort. Or the Naas Botha. Or the Elvis. Or the Dirty Harry. Nevermind, just eat here everyday for a month. It will be worth it.
A dying trend, but still lots of fun as an alternative dining outing. The Lollipop Roadhouse in Church street (Stanza Bopape) opened in 1935 and is one of the oldest rdhouses in the country. The streetname has changed, the neighbours have changed, but Lollipop is still going strong.
Winding through the beautiful and leafy historic area of Pretoria North, Antique Route 6 takes you to some of the most renowned and interesting antique shops in the city. From furniture to cutlery. Old street name signs to unique photo-frames. Today you will find antique toys and tomorrow you could stumble across an old jukebox. Or a massive wrought iron chandelier. It’s another version of a real treasure hunt and the treasures literally change daily. Get in your car and make sure you have enough space to bring back your loot.
Italian food is less about the style of which the dish is made and more about the passion that is put into making it.
Who better than the nation that practically invented the term 'love' to create such amazing dishes with something as humble as a tomato? This family's 30 year dedication to preparing traditional Italian food shows in the beautiful dishes and fantastic service. Watch the planes take off and relax with some of their fantastic wines while the kids enjoy the unique and wonderful play area.
Oppie Plaas specialises in family dining with a play area for children, a quaint nursery and antique shop. With their relaxed atmosphere and traditional menu they make you a part of the family. Set in beautiful surroundings, with shady indigenous trees, where children can have fun and explore while mom and dad relax. Do not miss their famous pap and kaiings served with breakfast!
Enjoy the tranquillity of the Greenlyn Village centre park while indulging in some of the exotic food from the neighbouring Hazel Food market. Feast your eyes and your wallets on high quality products (often hand crafted) and imported goods. Here you will find art, clothing and household items. A great vibe and interesting finds for young and old.
Would you like to have a game-viewing experience unlike any other? A wedding with a difference? Are you planning a proposal? Do you just want to share an awesome adventure with your loved one? Seeing the sun rise from a hot air balloon is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you should not miss out on. Bill and his team have been flying up and down the Magalies river and over the Cradle of Humankind for years. This area has some of the best ballooning weather in the world which means they can fly almost every day. Make it memorable!
This hidden gem is one of Pretoria's best kept secrets. This second hand bookstore has 13 rooms with other 50 000 books. The owners' passion is tangible and if they don't have the book you are looking for they will most probably find it for you. However, chances are you will go there for a specific book and end up leaving with a pile of others you never even knew you needed.
Situated within the Cradle of Humankind, a visit to South Africa would certainly be incomplete without a visit to Lesedi - the cradle of living African culture. In an informative and entertaining way, Lesedi provides the visitor with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the traditional people of South Africa.
Representatives of the various tribes facilitated the design of the cultural villages to ensure a historically representative portrayal of the cultures, highlighting aspects of the traditional way of life. Members of these historic communities live at Lesedi and continue to breathe life into their fascinating cultures.
Market at the Sheds was an initiative of the Capital Collective with the aim of rejuvenating the Pretoria inner city. It is by the people of Pretoria for the people of Pretoria. Here you can shop for art, music and design while enjoying a healthy dose of people-watching and eating too much. The old warehouse makes for an unusual and charming backdrop and the vibe is positively contagious.
This is probably one of the best known restaurants in Pretoria and has been surprising visitors with it’s warm and relaxing atmosphere for many years.
The true French Belgian tradition is reflected in the delectable dishes and the Chef-Patron, Daniel Leusch's passionate description of their speciality dishes like the Duck with exotic flavours or Springbok in red wine sauce with cranberries makes it well worth the visit. The eatery takes its name from the shell shaped Madeleine biscuit of which French writer Marcel Proust once wrote that it “invades the senses with exquisite pleasure.” The same is true of this restaurant.
With 9 branches in Pretoria, there is no excuse for you to miss out on the delicious Chinese and Japanese cuisine offered by Kung Fu Kitchen. They are open 7 days week and offer sit in or take away service. Whether you are having freshly made sushi in one of their restaurants or the Chicken Chow Mein in front of your own TV at home, you won’t be disappointed.
The Cullinan Diamond Pipe is said to be one of the oldest diamond pipes in the world. The world’s biggest diamond, the 3106ct Cullinan Diamond, was found only 9 metres from the surface in 1905. Cullinan Diamond Mine is a carrot shaped volcanic pipe and has a surface area of about 40 soccer pitches.The Cullinan Diamond was given to King Edward the VII on his 66th birthday and was posted to England under normal package post. Learn more about these and other fascinating facts when visiting Cullinan.
A uniquely South African experience, Gold Reef City offers a magnificent theme park, casino restaurants and fun for the whole family. Shop, ride and eat till you drop.
Sun International’s flagship resort is as popular today as it was when it was first built in 1979. Whether it’s a romantic stay with your partner, a wild weekend with friends or a day trip for the whole family, Sun City Resort has it all. Located on the border of the Pilanesberg National Game Park, Sun City is the perfect getaway destination.
The purple flower. It is lucky. Preferably not the whole tree. That would be unlucky.
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