Formule 1 Pretoria Inn

81-85 Pretorius Street 1462, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
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Best housing areas in Pretoria

by filboy

I'm trying to decide where to live in Pretoria. What would be you're top 5 housing areas to live, in terms of quality of housing, safety, and convenience to shopping and dining. Schooling is not a factor.

RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by cleocat

Pretoria must have about 50 different suburbs. Waterkloof Ridge has always been the place to stay. Most suburbs have shopping areas and malls etc. Areas to avoid is Danville and Sunnyside (mostly flats). Hatfield use to be the more bohemic suburb but apparently not so nice anymore. Rietondale is beautiful quiet suburb. Hope it helps a bit.

RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by filboy

Thanks Cleocat. How long have you lived in Pretoria? One factor that concerns us is the prevalence of burglaries and crime, even in Pretoria which is supposed to be one of the safest area. Is it really that bad? Should it be a major concern or it's one of those things present in all big citties?

By the way I checked your site and it's great. It's been very helpful, and I find that we share some common likes about places and food, but I'm probably more adventurous than most having lived in GABS in the early 90's and tasted dried "panni" as a dare. Thanks again and keep up your excellent site.

RE: RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by cleocat

I live in Kempton PArk about 30 min from Pretoria. Have lots of relatives and friends living in PTA. there are controlled access areas with securtiy guards etc in many suburbs. If you are intersted in something like this ask the estate agent to look specifically in these areas. we also have many armed response companies that you can register with. We are with ALpha, they are excellent and it costs about R400 a month. The best idea might be to first rent something or stay in a guesthouse so that you have time to check out areas and houses. Pretoria has lovely suburbs. Feel free to ask if you need more info.

RE: RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by cleocat

About the safety. crime is present. Personally I doubt if it is really that much worse than in any big city. If you take the precautions and are aware of what is happening around you should be safe. The criminals look for soft targets. If you for instance have armed response and your neighbour doesn't have than he will rather be the target than you.

RE: RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by whyargue

Cleocat - Just checked out your web site. You are an amazing artist. I obviously lead a very photographically shelted life, I have never seen photography like that. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

RE: RE: Best housing areas in Pretoria

by cleocat

Thanks I appreciate it. A lot was done in photo shop to get it like that.

Travel Tips for Pretoria

Annual Family get togethers

by kenHuocj

Remembering our elders; Getting together, all young and old . the extended family taking flowers to our dearly deceased; I remember as a young kid being told to pay my respects to grand uncle who I'd never met, then gradually as i grew older, there were those whose funerals I remember well. Today is 2 years after Friend and Father died, with time change, we were in our flat in SA with family and friends visiting with consoling words; yet despite the years passing by, Pa's inner peace and strength, his quiet joie de vivre , our many short holidays and drives together; our ease of talking together day or night is warmly cherished and missed; fortunately, i can picture those special moments still ;-)))


by Yolandam

Hartbeespoort Dam
Hartbeespoort Dam lies only 35 kilometres west of Pretoria in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range. The dam was completed in 1923 and has become a very popular holiday and weekend resort for Johannesburg and Pretoria. Any type of water sports is possible here. Especially over the weekends and during holidays, it is crowded at the Hartbeespoort Dam. Worthwhile is a trip with the cableway up the Magaliesberg, from where one can enjoy panoramic views. It is also nice to drive the dam on the dam wall. A special experience is a flight with the hot-air balloon over the Magaliesberg landscape.

The Hartbeespoort Dam Snake Park boasts a quite comprehensive reptile collection. In shows is demonstrated how to deal with snakes and other reptiles. A zoo with lions, tigers, leopards and chimpanzees also belongs to the park. Some of the animals are tame and trained and played in movies already.

Voortrekker Monument - marvellously menacing!

by CatherineReichardt

Several other reviewers have provided excellent information on the Voortrekker monument, so I won't repeat what they have said. Suffice to say that I believe that this is an underrated tourist destination, and would certainly be on my Must Do list for anyone spending more than a couple of days in the Johannesburg/Pretoria region. Remember that the two cities are only 60km apart (although the seemingly endless roadworks on the Ben Schoeman Highway, which have been ongoing for the two decades that I've lived here can make it seem much further!) and the Voortrekker monument can be combined with several other interesting attractions such as the Union Buildings, Pretoria Zoo or Jan Smuts' House in nearby Irene.
Whether you agree with apartheid politics or not (and these days, it is difficult to find anyone honest enough to admit that they did, which begs the question, "Who exactly did vote for the Nats for all those years?") the Voortrekker Monument is an amazing place, and from its position overlooking Pretoria, it is an intense and brooding reminder of the history and values that the previous regime held dear. I suggest that you park your prejudices and go with an open mind - chances are that you will emerge with admiration for the sheer resilience of the Afrikaaner nation.
If you have a choice, visit in the winter (end of May to end of July) when the aloes are in bloom. The contrast of the dry brown winter veld, the stone of the monument and the blaze of red, orange and yellow aloe flowers against the cloudlessly clear blue winter sky is absolutely stunning, and if you sit long enough, you should see tiny, hyperactive sunbirds (similar to - but slightly larger than- humming birds in the Americas) busily gathering nectar.
It is also possible to go horse riding in the grounds of the Monument - haven't done it yet myself, but it is on my To Do list!

Voortrekker Monument

by Bwana_Brown

The Voortrekker Monument is a granite structure, 40-m high and with a 40 x 40 m base. It stands on a hill overlooking Pretoria, as a monument to the Boer settlers who trekked inland between 1835-1852 to escape the increasing domination of their original coastal settlements by the English. The Dutch ancesters of the Boers first landed near Cape Town following a shipwreck in 1647, not that long after the Pilgrim fathers landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. It was a major move for them to pull up stakes after 200 years and head inland to carve out a new home, despite many more bloody battles with the Zulu people of these lands.

As a result of this history, the Voortrekker Monument is to the white Afrikaaner decendents of the Boers as the Lincoln Memorial is to Americans. A law in Pretoria still limits the height of any building between the Monument and the Union Buildings such that the view between them remains unobstructed. Construction of the Monument began in 1937 and was completed in 1949.

Surrounding the monument is a circular stone fence with carved scenes of wagons and people going about their activities on a typical 'trek'. The circle represents the 'laager' in which the wagons form a defensive circle against attack.

We climbed to the top of the structure for a great view out over Pretoria. You can also look down from the dome into the inner portion of the Monument. It is here, through a hole in the top of the structure that a ray of sunshine will strike the cenotaph below at exactly noon on Dec. 16th. This is to commemorate the final epic victory of the Boers over the Zulu at Blood River on this date in 1838.

The incoming ANC government in the mid-1990s had a very tough decision to make regarding what to do with this symbol of tribal defeat at the hands of the Boers. A number of not very pleasant options were considered but, in the end, they (wisely I think) decided to let the viewers of the Monument decide for themselves what they thought of this period in the history of African colonization!

More places of interest in Pretoria and area

by nora_south_africa


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