See one of the newest meteor craters in the world.
Just North of Pretoria lies the Tswaing meteorite crater & visitor center, site of one of the youngest large meteor impacts on Earth. Dating back about 220 000 years, the site ofers an informative museum, some marvelous hiking, and the option of a very clued-up guide to take you on your hike.
The crater area has been named as a national park, ensuring that it stays well preserved, and the entrance fee is minimal.
French - Fusion?
Although it is often voted as one of the top ten restaurants, I do not think that the food is always outstanding.
I had lunch and dinner there quite often, and was dissapointed with times. Still, some good food, but at a price! I suppose you could describe the food as French with some South African ingredients (like springbok etc)
They also hosts groups of tourists.
If you would like to have a fine dining experience, Brasserie de Paris would be a much better choice. Trio of duck
There are 4 major dams close to Pretoria. The Roodeplaat Dam, the Bon Accord Dam, the Rietvlei Dam and the Hartebeespoort Dam are all within 60 km from the city. Pretoria also has rivers that flow through and around it like the Apies River, the Pienaars River and the Moretele River.
You can do fishing in these dams, permits are usually available at shops that stock fishing gear.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
This reserve is on the southern outskirts of Pretoria, and very to reach. It is a reserve with a surface area of about 38 square kilometres. It is a nature resreve planned around the Rietvlei dam.
A great variety of game can be found in the reserve eg rhino, buffalo, springbok, waterbuck, ostrich, zebra, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, cheetah etc etc.
There are also 272 species of birds.
There are about 40km of road you can travel on to view game, picnic areas and toilet facilities.
This is a gem of a nature reserve, especially as it is so close to the city (almost part of the city).
There are also night drives available, which needs to be booked.
"THE JACARANDA CITY"
Pretoria is South Africa's executive capital. It is also called the Jacaranda City, with purple blossoms adorning leafy suburbs. While its proximity to excellent game watching still attracts intrepid adventurers, personal safety has in the more recent past become an unfortunate issue. Road signs warn of hijacking and the front page of a local newspaper recently reported the country now has a reported rate of 51 murders per day.
From the safety of double security estates we ventured forth to experience what Pretoria has to offer.