Pretoria Attractions

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  • The Union Buildings
  • The Wonderboom
  • One of three capital cities in South Africa, Pretoria serves as both the executive and de facto national capital. In comparison to Johannesburg and Cape Town, Pretoria is the quieter and more relaxed option for travelers looking to explore the southern cone of this rich and complex region. Today's leafy and pristine ambience in Pretoria would hardly give any indication of the tumultuous past the city and surrounding villages once endured. Yet the moment you begin investigating that history and asking around, you'll soon find there is much more than meets the eye.

    For history buffs looking to reveal the underside of Pretoria, the Claude Malan Museum displays a fair mix of historical artifacts and artwork, with particular focus placed on collector's items such as books, diamonds, gold and silver, decorative objects, military paraphernalia, toys, and more. For a historical stop-off that tantalizes the senses of niche hobbyists, the Correctional Service Museum might be precisely the oddity you've been looking for. With a fascinating array of artwork, forged keys and even illegally made tools fabricated by prisoners themselves, this museum claims to be the only of its kind in South Africa.

    What was formerly known as the Transvaal Museum has since adopted the name Ditsong Museum of Natural History and is host to an extensive array of fossils, animal, plant and even hominid remains. Included in the exhibitions are what scientists believe to be ancient human bones from the World Heritage site found nearby, appropriately called the Cradle of Humankind. This historical site located mainly in the Gauteng province covers nearly 47,000 hectares of privately owned land and provides a worthy excursion for Pretoria visitors.

    Once you've had your fill of historical, cultural and natural history, you might just find yourself in the mood to do what tourists tend to do best, shop. Luckily Pretoria provides one of the county's most fascinating markets, the Welwitscia Country Market, which is open from Tuesday through Sunday and not only provides live entertainment but also an array of handmade African arts and crafts, leatherwear, jewelry, ceramics, locally inspired clothing, wooden novelties, and more. More than just a place to purchase souvenirs, it allows you to take something with cultural significance back home with you.

    Transvaal Museum

    Paul Kruger Street

    Interesting and Educational... read more

    President Paul Kruger House

    60 Church Street
    Opposite Kruger Church

    Full of Fascinating History... read more

    Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery

    410 Rigel Avenue

    Art Seen Through an African Context... read more

    Church Square

    Church Street

    The Heart Of Pretoria... read more

    Burgers Park

    Jacob Mare Street

    Breathtakingly Beautiful National Monument...
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    Voortrekker Monument

    Eufees Road

    A Tribute to the Great Trekkers... read more

    Melrose House

    275 Jacob Mare Street

    Go Back In Time... read more

    Union Buildings

    Government Avenue
    Arcadia Park

    The Jewel of Pretoria... read more

    Voortrekker Monument Museum

    Eufees Road
    Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

    The Legendary Great Trek... read more

    Church Street Cemetery (Heroes' Acre)

    Church Street
    Corner of DF Malan Drive

    A hero's cemetery on one of the longest streets in the world... read more

    National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

    232 Boom Street

    It's A Jungle Out There!... read more

    Police Museum

    Pretorius Street
    Compol Building

    The History Of Crime and Punishment... read more

    Pretoria Art Museum

    Corner Wessels and Schoeman Street
    Arcadia Park

    Everything From Classical to Contemporary Art...
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    Wonderboom Nature Reserve

    Off M1
    Lombard Street

    Lots To See And Do... read more

    Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve

    Erfenisterrein, Eeufeesweg, Groenkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

    Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

    Eeufees Road, Pretoria 0027, South Africa

    Groenkloof Nature Reserve

    South Africa

    Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Niew Muckleneuk, Pretoria

    Pretoria, South Africa

    Magaliesberg canopy tour

    Magaliesberg, South Africa

    Tswang Meteor, Pretoria, South Africa

    Pretoria, South Africa

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