We had arrived on a Saturday morning, so the next day, the conference organizers organized an afternoon trip to a flea market on the outskirts of Joburg. While we were there, we heard the beating of drums and knew that it must be time for the Zulu dancing session. There was no charge for this, with an open-air amphitheatre available for all who wished to watch. It was quite a specatacle as four men and four women dancers outfitted in traditional Zulu garb put on quite a display. There was a great deal of leg stomping and the women shook their hips in a movement somewhere between an Egyptian belly-dancer and a South Pacific Islander! It was a great way to put in the afternoon!
Tswaing Crater, about 40 km...
Tswaing Crater, about 40 km north-northwest of Pretoria, is one of the world's most easily accessible and best-preserved meteorite impact craters - see www.mintek.ac.za/pubs/geobook/Tswaing.htm for more info and photo
When in Pretoria or Johannesburg, visit the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, just north of Centurion. At 3800 hectares, it is one of the largest urban nature reserves in the world! The Reserve boasts a plethora of animals, including the worlds largest antelope, the eland, zebra, red hartebeest, springbok, waterbuck, reedbuck, ostrich, buffalo, white rhino, bushpig, black-backed jackal, mountain reedbuck, oribi, grey duiker, steenbuck, brown hyena, porcupine, springhare, aardwolf, banded mongoose, hippos and cheetah.
There are also 272 bird species, including Grebes, Cormorants, Anhingas, Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, Ibis, Spoonbills, Ducks, Geese, Swans, Hawks, Eagles, Kites, Secretary-bird, Pheasants, Partridges, Guineafowl, Rails, Gallinules, Coots, Bustards, Avocets, Stilts, Thick-knees, Plovers, Lapwings, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons, Doves, Cuckoos, Swifts, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Woodhoopoes, Scimitar-bills, Larks, Swallows, Wagtails, Pipits, Bulbuls, Cisticolas, Old World Warblers, Old World Flycatchers, Sunbirds, Spiderhunters, White-eyes, Shrikes, Bushshrikes, Crows, Jays, Magpies, Starlings, Old World Sparrows, Weavers, Waxbills, Indigobirds, Siskins and Crossbills.
Rietvlei is an ideal and very reasonably priced day-trip.
Every year on the 16th of December at noon the sun shines through a small hole in the roof of the monument to fall on a senotaph 40m below. The senotaph holds the words "Ons Vir Jou Suid Afrika" translating to "We For You, South Africa" - the old credo of the Republic of South Africa.
Here is a picture of the senotaph in the basement area of the monument.
Bonsai - minature Trees - Club
Pretoria has a thriving Bonsai Club where trees from the Bushveld of Northern and Western Provinces are nurtured for years.
Charles Cernonio and others have trees worth a look. Charles has been invited to many World conventions to talk about his styles
Go to the Website of the Bonsai Kai - Lots of Info and try to time your visit to coincide with one of their meetings