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Pretoria Things to Do

  • Voortrekker Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Voortrekker Monument was build to commemorate the Voortrekker Pioneers and their Journey from the Cape colony into the Interior of the Country which is now called South Africa between 1835 and 1854. The Monument highlight mostly the events leading to the Battle of Blood river were scores of Zulu warriors were killed. There is a small museum inside...

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  • The Union Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Union Buildings forms the Official seat of South African Government and houses the Presidency as well as Department of Foreign Affairs. It was build between 1909 and 1913,Originally build to house the entire Public service for the Union of South Africa,It was then the largest building in the country. Many tourists visit this place...

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  • Church Square

    3 out of 5 stars

    Church Square is one of the few places in the Pretoria CBD where you can get a sense of how Pretoria must have looked a century ago, and, as a result, is often used as a set for local period movies and TV series. The Square is surrounded by important civic buildings, including the Palace of Justice, the General Post Office, the Old Council Chamber...

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Pretoria Restaurants

  • Scrumptious food on a tranquil rose farm

    (work in progress)One of Pretoria's best kept dining secrets is the Spiced Coffee restaurant at Ludwigs Roses farm, just north of Pretoria, on the way to Bela Bela and Polokwane. It's a popular weekend outing, with people travelling the 45 minutes from Johannesburg for lunch. It is also an excellent stop off if you're driving from the north and...

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  • A perfect place to unwind

    The State Theatre has had several restaurants over the years, but none of them actually seem to make a go of it. They seem to become tatty so quickly, and Capellos was as awful after a while as its predecessor, so it was not with very high hopes that I stepped into the Afro Lounge. Wow! Was I in for a surprise!The décor is attractive and...

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  • Grab a bite to eat with the students!

    Hatfield is Pretoria's student quarter, and as any self-respecting budget traveller will know, if you're travelling on a shoestring budget, the best way to eat affordably is to go where the equally impoverished students go!The main street in Hatfield is pretty well wall-to-wall fast food outlets, cheap restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Some of the...

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Pretoria Nightlife

  • Sample Pretoria's student nightlife

    Let me state upfront that my knowledge of nightlife and nightclubs is not just outdated, but probably never existed in the first place ... however, I am reliably informed by those who know infinitely more about these issues than I do that Hatfield is a great place to go for a lively and affordable night out.Hatfield is located close to the...

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  • Boozy Place

    A night out at Hatfield Square in the suburb of Hatfield is quite an eye opener. One would think that the South African city of Pretoria is nothing but bureaucrats and museums, but Pretoria is home to the best universities in the country, and therefore loads of university students. Where do these restless young crowd go on weekends to wind down and...

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  • Saturday night fever

    This cosmopolitan nightclub is situated around an upmarket suburb in the East of Pretoria called Brooklyn it's about 50km away from my hometown called Att/ville.It has a multicultural ambience of young and old with people coming from big cities like Johannesburg for a real treat.It's rather sensual & vibey as well because it's surrounded by various...

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Pretoria Transportation

  • A. From Abroad by Plane to...

    A. From Abroad by Plane to Johannesburg International then 45 minutes to PretoriaB. If from other Major SA Cities, plane, Bus, train drive yourself in.A.Traffic not congested outside short peak hours, ( not quite, try getting from and to between Pta to Joburg ~ super patience and strategy required )roads reasonably well signposted,with main...

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  • BRT System

    Part of the BRT Project is up and running after causing major traffic disruptions especially in the inner City . Some of the routes are still under construction but I can see a glimpse of improvements lately.The only routes which currently operating includes The Inner City - Hatfield Gautrain Station and other districts around Groenkloof.From The...

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  • Gautrain running between Pretoria and...

    Halleluia! After years of construction-related grief, the complete Gautrain system (with the exception of the southernmost section to Park Station in the Johannesburg CBD) is finally up and running! No problems have been reported in the first day of operation, and it is hugely encouraging to see such huge numbers of people turning out to 'test...

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Pretoria Shopping

  • Where Africa shops

    Two shops one 1/2 block from the State Theatre the other in the heart of Marabastad, both run by grandsons of the founder. It looks like a country store but if your want an old fashioned sewing machine, cobblers tool or leather, a scale to weigh your rough diamonds or gold nuggets or a microscope, or Shangaan cotton, even wigs, real hair or nylon,...

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  • Fresh Fruits, flowers & meats

    This is not for Retailers but individuals,after a few years absence, i noted on my two previous vists jan/feb 2006/7that my Veggie fruit shop had moved to much larger premises,was so surprised at the number of cars parked outside.The new Perks includedlots more stock, lots more to tase, and i feasted on the SHaron /Fuyu Persimmons,Hannepoort/muscat...

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  • Atterbury Value Mart

    Various shops, baby stores, Here you can find a BP garage for (fuel/ petrol) Builders warehouse, crafters market and coffee shops, I include website with more details.

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Pretoria Local Customs

  • Embassies and High Commissions in the...

    Embassies and High Commissions are essentially the same, but if you are in London's Trafalgar Square, one finds SA. OZ NZ & Canada houses with the National Gallery surrounding Lord Nelson Column.Union Buildings which houses the Presidential Office and Foreign Affairs, now has a new Building for the Foreign Ministry on Soutpansberg Road, South, on...

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  • Language

    You might hear words used by locals that you don't recogize. We actually have 11 official languages, Afrikaans and Zulu are spoken by most, BUT MOST SPEAK ENGLISH, which is also the official buissiness language.Here are some words you might come across while visiting:biltong = spiced, dried meat (can be beef, game etc - loved by South...

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  • To carry things on heads...

    Locals love to carry things on their heads, and as fewer use this custom lately you may still find locals that carry an amazing amount of stuff on their head.

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Pretoria Warnings and Dangers

  • Night walk

    As you possibly know that every City has it's own dark side, Pretoria can seem to be a safe place during the day however things could turn bad If you are oblivious when walking in the streets late at night. Personally It's never a safe place to walk around late at night. rather use a cap to get where you want to be but still be aware of your own...

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  • It's Pretoria but in Ottawa, Canada

    It will not be found anywhere in Pretoria, a city where i spent over five decades and often yearn for, fortunately where i now live, the bridge if travelling west wards, you'll after a left into Queen Elizabeth Dr and quick right into the next street will allow you to travel a short three clocks along Pretoria Ave. the bridge is between Queen...

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  • what happens if . . . . . .

    it is now memories, sometime amusing sometimes bafflingIn days Past, city centre stores on Saturdays were only open in the mornings. i was then a member of Jaycees, and we had a meeting in an office downtown, after the meeting, i was about to get into my VW Kombi, keys in hand, but no vehicle, looked up and down the small and short Bureau Lane, it...

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Pretoria Tourist Traps

  • game reserve

    The Pilanisberg Game Reserve is situated 1.5 hours northwest of Pretoria beside Sun City. I was there during the rainy season and I was told by my brother in law who hosted my tour that we were seeing a much larger quantity of animals than normal. I counted 11 rhinoceros. We saw heards of zebra and giraffe and wildebeasts and guinea fowl. I also...

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  • parking pests

    when one stops anywhere nowadays as soon as you stop be it car , bus motorbike any form of transport , the beggers or window washers are there in a flash they will even wash your car for you without even asking and then expect to get paid for doing it make sure you never stop anywhere by one self you could be in for some trouble by not paying them...

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  • Personally, as mentioned on my...

    Personally, as mentioned on my SA page, I felt that the Voortrekkers monument was very overrated. It is the only Afrikaaners monument in South Africa and unless you know a lot about the history, it can be pretty hard to understand. They do have translations in English however.The view from the top of the monument is pretty amazing, but it does cost...

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Pretoria What to Pack

  • Packing List

    When in Pretoria, just make sure you do have a camera as there are so many things to take photos of. The most beautiful scene I saw was down Church St which is lined with Jackoranda trees. For those who don't know what they are, they are beautiful trees with purple flowers...very pretty! By the way, Christopher Columbus took these trees to South...

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  • Packing List

    IF YOU'RE arriving with many EUROS or DOLLARS or YENS==then ostrich skins, from the KLEIN KAROO are oustanding., next best is buffalo skin.BUT watch the CT V7A Waterfront or Sandton City ir Eastgates, premium prioces for premium qualities and BRANDING a bargain with exchange rates==SA is now a SOFT CURRENCY country==colour co-ordinates freely...

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  • Packing List

    Summer in Pretoria runs from October to end of February and it can get VERY warm (upper 20's Celsius) during these months - low humidity. Summer is rainy season and a whole day's rain (water) normally falls in one minute - we get real heavy thunder and lightning storms!Although the weather is very even, it can also get cold during winter - we do...

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Pretoria Off The Beaten Path

  • Missionaries of Charity

    Four Nuns who belong to the Mission founded by Nobel Laureate Mother Theresa,I have had three visits personally, always grateful for the many blessings i personally have compared to the residents here. This missionaries and staff look after HIV_Aids Orphans and physically disabled who have been cast out of their families' homes.Click on MAP for...

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  • The whoop of a steam train whistle

    My friend, Keith, loves steam trains. He's loved them since his boyhood which is now over seven decades back. So for his 74th birthday I managed to join an international steam enthusiasts tour train. This is a specialist trip, although Friends of the Rail also offers similar trips. There are only fifteen steam train drivers left in South Africa....

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  • See one of the newest meteor craters in...

    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,...

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Pretoria Sports & Outdoors

  • Bowl a maiden over in Centurion!

    For those who read the title and thought that this was going to help you pick up local lovelies, you're going to be sadly disappointed, as probably the only way that you're going to score with a maiden (or any other woman) at the Supersport Park cricket ground is with a cricket bat!Supersport Park in Centurion is located in the southern suburbs of...

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  • Make a pilgrimage to Loftus Versfeld!

    South Africans are fanatical about sport (in my experience, only Aussies come close in terms of their sports obsession), and among white South Africans, rugby is not a sport, but a religion! Until I moved to South Africa, I couldn't see the logic behind the sports boycott which was imposed on South Africa in the 1980s and 90s ... and once I was...

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  • Public transport arrangements for World...

    Details on the public transport arrangements for the World Cup stadia continue to be issued in drips and drabs. The most comprehensive and user-friendly useful summary I've seen was from Prega Govender in this morrning's Sunday Times - follow this link: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/article477498.ece/How-to-get-therePlease note that...

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Pretoria Favorites

  • Capital of Old and New SuidAfrika

    Over 100 diplomatic Missionss including UN and others=====and many many Government departments and civil servants who are sometimes not too civil.=====museums are worthy of visits, and if you have special interest, e.g. Mrs Ples of Homo Erectus fame,make a point of meeting the academics in the backrooms - south Africa is down under below the...

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  • Useful website for the Gauteng Tourism...

    Listed below is the website of the Gauteng Tourism Authority, which I have only found fairly recently.It's clearly been developed by people who know a thing or two about travel and is actually quite a good resource for planning purposes, since it contains details of tourist attractions in the Pretoria and Johannesburg region:...

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  • A few facts about Pretoria

    The greater municipal area is called Tshwane.Afikaans is widely spoken, although English is spoken and understood by most people.People are very friendly and wil help where they canYou might find that renting a car will make it easy to get around, as public transport is not always the best option.There are plenty ATM's which accept VISA and MASTER...

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Union Buildings
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History rewritten
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The railway carriage that housed a Government
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Heroes Acre: unfashionable heroes from another era
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Feel the impact of obscure Tswaing Crater
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The two ugliest buildings on Pretoria's skyline!
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Church Square: feel the ambience of a past age
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Raymond Dart and the Taung Child
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Paul Kruger church: a convenient place to worship
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The bitter irony of enemies united for eternity
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Pretoria Central prison - place of the hangman
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See the work of a famous Ndebele artist
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Pay your respects to the infamous Breaker Morant
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