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Pretoria City Guided Day Tour
"Pickup at your hotel in Pretoria at 8am then continue on your tour of Pretoria stopping at the following: Union Buildings and Gardens - built to house the administration of the Union of South Africa founded after the Anglo/ Boer War. The building now houThe Old RaadsaalOld Transvaal Museum Freedom Park African Window MuseumMapungubwe Artifacts at University of PretoriaPretoria Art Museum
From ZAR2,510.00
 
Pretoria Sightseeing and History Tour from Johannesburg
"You will be collected from OR Tambo International airport. You will then drive to the first point of visit: Union Buildings: At the beginning it housed the whole Public Service Expansion and growth forced other Departments to go out. At present it serves as administrative offices for the President the Deputy President and part of foreign affairs. President Mandela was inaugurated at the Union Building as the first Black President.Mandela's statue at the Union Buildings: The largest statue in the world of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at unio on Reconciliation Day the 16 December 2013; 24 hours after the revered former President was buried in his home village of Qunu. The 9m (30ft) 4.5 tonne statue of Mr Mandela was unveiled by president Jacob Zuma. It stands in Pretoria
From ZAR1,625.00
 
Half-Day Pretoria City Tour from Johannesburg
"Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees which line its thoroughfares during certain times of year Pretoria or Tshwane as it is also now known is a charming quiet colonial-style city with a long often involved and always fascinating history which has molded it into its present elegant form. The City of Tshwane is home to the Union Buildings – residence of the Presidency and his government and home to Parliament during the winter months. Pretoria
From ZAR860.00

Animal and people watching at Pretoria Zoo

Pretoria Zoo is located just north of the CBD and is a good zoo, particularly by developing world standards. However, over the past couple of decades, seems to have been somewhat left behind by its southerly neighbour in Johannesburg. Whereas Johannesburg Zoo seems to have managed to attract significant funding and has developed new exhibits which have allowed it to move with the times, by contrast, Pretoria Zoo seems to have been caught in a time warp, and probably still reflects its heyday in the 1970s. The Pretoria site also feels more constrained spacewise than Johannesburg (not sure whether this is perception or reality?) which probably limits opportunity to develop extensive new exhibits, and because the enclosures are quite closely spaced, it has less of a 'park like' feel.

The zoo is located on the southern slope of a ridge, and walking up to the northern section can be quite energetic, particularly in summer (remember that Pretoria is on average at least 2 degrees C warmer than Johannesburg, despite the fact that they are only 60km apart). One of the nicest features is a cable car which transports you to the highest point and provides a panoramic view of the zoo (note that this is not included in the admission price, but is not expensive at less than R10). From this point you can look over the rather unlovely 1960s concrete monstrosities of the Pretoria CBD and have an unusual view of the infinitely more attractive Union Buildings along the ridge to the east as well as the marvellously menacing Voortrekker monument which lurks on the horizon.

Pretoria has a successful breeding programme for a number of threatened/endangered species and boasts some types of animals that are not present in Johannesburg - the Komodo dragons are a bit of a draw card. Unlike Jo'burg, it also has a small aquarium.

Small boys in particular will be fascinated by the huge old army Llama helicopter which is displayed in the grounds.

The Pretoria Zoo can get very busy on weekends and public holidays - I was there in December 2009, and the security guard told me that they had had over 37,000 visitors on the Day of Reconciliation public holiday earlier in the month! On weekends, the zoo is a popular destination for bus tours organised by church and school groups from the surrounding townships, who come for the day with picnics. This can make things very crowded and rather noisy, and whilst it provides a fascinating opportunity for people-watching, it can restrict your access to the animals. I would therefore suggest visiting during the week, or early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

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CatherineReichardt
Dec 19, 2011

Pretoria Zoo

The zoo in Pretoria is one of the best in the world (if you like zoos). Personally I am not a big fan of zoos, if you want to see animals go and find them in their natural habitat. The pens are very big here and therefore so is the zoo so put your walking shoes on. There are also golf carts for hire at a very reasonable rate.

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paradisedreamer
Jun 16, 2003

Pretoria Zoo (1)

The Pretoria Zoo - an 80-hectare area located in the heart of Pretoria's city centre. It houses over 4 000 animals, and some of them are for sale!

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xinxin
Apr 03, 2004

PRETORIA ZOO

A very large Zoo and Aquarium, variety of animals and birds, snakes & fish.
There is a restaurant aswell.

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CharleneP
Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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"Pretoria - Capital of South Africa"
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"The Jacaranda City (at least for the time being)"
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"PRETORIA MY HOME TOWN............."
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"Beautiful Capital of South Africa"
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"Africa's leading Capital"
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Nature Reserve

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The Union Building

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...
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Voortrekker Monument

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...
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Nelson Mandela Square

Because of it's proximity to my hotel, I spent quite a bit of time at Mandela Square. The square is dominated by a large statue of Nelson Mandela which is a draw with many as they clamor to take a pic...
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