Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa in Gauteng has many treasures and surprises enfolded in its arms. Below are some attractions that rank among the top attractions in Pretoria. The city abounds in attractions and there are many places to visit in Pretoria.
The Voortrekker Monument is a massive historical structure carved out of granite to commemorate and honour the heroes of the Great Trek. The monument sits atop a hill overlooking the entire city of Pretoria. The historical frieze portrays the warriors of the Great trek in vivid detail while also depicting the daily life and beliefs of the Voortrekkers. Thirty-three rays fall on the Cenotaph on the Day of the Vow, which commemorates the victory of the Voortrekkers at the Battle of the Blood River.
Address : Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria, 0027, South Africa.
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Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum
The Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum is a testimony to the countless sacrifices made by the heroes of South Africa throughout history, for South Africa to emerge as a free nation. It is a monument built on the cornerstones of human dignity, rights and freedom. The Wall of Fame at the park is engraved with the heroes of South African history. It is a monument for South Africa to gain closure while at the same time draws inspiration and courage from its past.
Address: koch st &, 7th Ave, Salvokop, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa.
The National Zoological Gardens
This is the largest zoo in South Africa and the only one to boast the status of a National Zoo. It is a perfect place for the adventurous as there are camping tours, night tours, aquarium tours and even sleepovers if desired! Home to a varied and large collection of exotic trees and animals, the zoo offers plenty to explore. It is a unique opportunity to see wildlife up, close and personal as you’ve never seen before.
Address: 232 Boom St, Daspoort 319-Jr, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.
Pretoria National Botanical Garden
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a must-see for the wide variety of fauna and flora as well as just for the pleasure of its soothing atmosphere. It is a rich tapestry woven with native trees of South Africa and other species. The Garden is an indigenous attempt to bridge the gap between scientific research and recreation.
Address: 2 Cussonia Street, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0184, South Africa.
The Union Buildings are home to the office of the President of South Africa as well as the official seat of the government of South Africa. The buildings are beautiful and an architectural feat. The structure is representative of the union of formerly divided people. The spectacular gardens form the perfect surroundings for this architectural feat.
Address: Government Ave, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa.
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The Klapperkop is one of the four forts that was built to defend the city at the end of the 19th century. However, the fort never had to test its powers in a battle. It now offers splendid and spectacular views of the city. It also forms a military attraction to tourists and visitors with a lot of interesting exhibits.
Address: Johann Rissik Dr, rylaan, Pretoria, 0105, South Africa.
The Church Square is located in the centre of Pretoria and is a significant square in the history of Pretoria. The centrepiece is the statue of Paul Kruger, the former President of South Africa. The garden at the square is adorned with Jacaranda trees, typical to South Africa. The Church Square is surrounded by the General Post Office, Place of Justice and the Old Capitol Theatre.
Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is named after the famous ornithologist of South Africa, ‘J Austin Roberts’. The two dams at the sanctuary create a haven for birds and attract a wide species of birds. The blue crane and the crown crane are some of the rare species that can be found here. Guided tours or walks are available to watch these birdies at their jobs. Alternatively, they can also be viewed from the bird hides.
Address: Corner of and, Roper St & Boshoff St, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa.