Drive through the administrative capital of South Africa to the Union Buildings, Kruger House Museum and the impressive Voortrekker Monument.
As the academic, scientific and technological capital of South Africa, the city probably has the most highly developed technology and research sector in all of Africa. Jacarandas cast a blanket of mauve over Pretoria, which is why it is aptly named Jacaranda City. Pretoria City offers a vast variety of superb shopping centres, museums, art galleries and restaurants. There is also an abundance of open spaces and parks’ Pretoria has more than 100 parks, including bird sanctuaries and nature reserves. Tour the city, the administrative capital of South Africa.
Highlights of the Pretoria City Day Tour
- Pretoria (the Jacaranda City)
- The historical Voortrekker Monument
- Church Square/with Presidents Office and/or Kruger House
- Union Buildings
- President’s office
The Kruger house is a house museum that successfully tries to recreate the ambience of a historic period, event and person. The house has been refurbished to perfectly copy it as it was at the time when President Paul and Mrs Gezina Kruger’s lived there. An almost total historic environment has been recreated. Visitors to Kruger House often feel as though the President or Mrs Kruger might return at any moment. The furnishing plan and most of the interior has been based on a thorough study of the available evidence of original furnishings. In accordance with this several changes have recently been made to the interior, not as a curatorial whim, but with a view to give the visitor a more accurate conception of the life style of the Krugers.
The impressive Voortrekker Monument is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.
The Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, are considered to be one of the country’s finest architectural masterpieces. They were the setting for President Mandelas historic inauguration on 10 May 1994. The beautifully landscaped grounds are open to the public, including features such as the amphitheatre, the Garden of Remembrance and the Delville Wood war memorial.