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Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, part of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, is in Gauteng.

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Points of Interest in Pretoria

  • Botanical Gardens +27 (0)12 843-5194, e-mail: pretoriagarden@sanbi.org. Open 8AM to 6PM daily. R15 entrance fee.
  • National Zoological Gardens (The Zoo), 232 Boom Street (Near the city center),  +27 (0)12 328-3265, e-mail: info@zoo.ac.za. Aquarium, reptile park and all the larger mammals. One can also camp within the zoo on Friday and Saturday nights. R10 for secure parking plus R36 entrance fee. For those not inclined to walk, golf carts are available at R80 per hour.
  • The Union Buildings, 2 Church Street,  +27 (0)12 323-5649. The location of the South African presidency with beautiful gardens. Building designed by sir Herbert Baker.
  • The Wonderboom (Wonder tree), Wonderboom Nature Reserve. A fig tree over 1000 years old

Museums and Galleries

  • Correctional Services Museum +27 (0)12 314-1766. Open 9AM to 3PM Monday to Friday.
  • Melrose House Museum, 275 Jacob Maré Street,  +27 (0)12 322-2805, e-mail: melrosehouse@tshwane.gov.za. Where the peace treaty that ended the Anglo-Boer War as signed in 1902.
  • National Cultural History Museum, 149 Visagie Street,  +27 (0)11 324-6082. Learn about the people and the cultures of South Africa, from the Iron age till today. (Wheelchair friendly).
  • Pioneer Museum +27 (0)12 803-6086, e-mail: pioneerm@nfi.co.za. Open 9AM to 4PM daily. An old pioneer house R7 entrance fee.
  • Sammy Marks Museum, Zwartkoppies,  +27 (0)12 802-1150.
  • [3]Transvaal Museum], Paul Kruger Street,  +27 (0)12 322-7632. Where you can meet Mrs. Pless [4] when she is not on tour somewhere.
  • Voortrekker Monument and Fort Scanskop, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof (On Proclamation Hill, big cubic building, to the south west of the city, you can't miss it),  +27 (0)12 326-6770. R40 per person.
  • Freedom Park, Salvokop of Potgieter Street (Located on a hill across from the Voortrekker Monument),  +27 (0)12 470-7400, fax: +27 (0)12 361-0021, e-mail: info@freedompark.co.za.
  • Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum +27 (0)12 736-2035, e-mail: prinsloo@nfi.co.za.
  • Kruger House Museum, 60 Church Str,  +27 (0)12 326-9172, fax: +27 (0)12 328-5173.

University of Pretoria

Church Square

Palace of Justice

Union Buildings

Old Raadsaal

Voortrekker Monument

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Pretoria City Hall

Kruger Museum

Hatfield Plaza

National Museum of Natural History

National Cultural History Museum

Hartebeespoort Dam

Sammy Marks Square

Strijdom Square

Melrose House

State Theatre

Burgers Park

Tswaing Crater

Freedom Park

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About Pretoria

History

The area known today as Tshwane Metro Council, with Pretoria (City) at its centre, was allegedly occupied by the Sotho people for many centuries. During the 15th century the Ndebele people also migrated into the area and settled along the banks of what is today called the Apies River. Around 1820 the Matabele under the leadership of Mzilikaza also entered the region, leading to local conflicts between the Matabele newcomers and the already established Sotho and Ndebele tribes as well as the European Voortrekkers who were steadily moving northward through the country. These conflicts came to an end when the Matabele were defeated by the Voortrekkers in 1837 at Mosega.

By 1855 there was no known tribe in what is known as Pretoria area today. Only nomadic groups passed through this area, with a leader/person Tshwane (so it is alleged) one of the them. Pretoria was founded in 1855. Initially the capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek was Ohrigstad, but Pretoria became the capital of the then ZAR. Later on Pretoria became the capital of the Transvaal province (old ZAR) after the Anglo-Boer War. The city was named after Andries Pretorius, the boer leader at the Battle of Blood River where the Voortrekkers defeated the Zulus under King Dingaan. In 1856 the area today know as Arcadia was acquired in exchange for a pony and added to the town.

In 1899, during the Anglo-Boer War, Winston Churchill was captured and held as a POW in Pretoria until his eventual escape to Mozambique. British forces captured Pretoria in 1900 and held control over the city until the signing of the Peace of Vereeniging treaty in 1902.

When the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, Pretoria was elected the capital and is still the administrative capital of the Republic of South Africa today.

Climate

Pretoria is located in a summer rainfall area with hot days regularly followed by short and intense afternoon thunderstorms. The thunderstorms are often accompanied by lightning and occasionally result in hail. Summer temperatures range between 16°C at night to 30°C during the day, with occasionally higher temperatures (up to about 36°C). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging between a minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 20°C. Winter nights and (occasionally winter days) can be surprisingly cold and buildings are generally not well insulated. Bring warm clothes if you're visiting during the winter months.

Activities

Experiences

  • Friends of the Rail +27 (0)12 548-4090. Take a step back in time and circle Pretoria on a steam train or visit Cullinan, birth place of the worlds largest diamond.
  • 53' 24.09&lon=+28° 23' 10.08&zoom=17&layer=O&lang=en&name=Pretoria   Klitsgras Drumming Circle, Tierpoort, Garsfontein Road (Take the Garsfontein Road (M30) in the eastern direction. 14km after crossing Hans-Strijdom Drive, turn left onto Plot 62. It's right next to the Excel service station.),  +27 (0)83 311-0025. Drumming circle out in the bush. Held every second Friday night.

Performing arts

  • State Theatre, cnr Pretorius and Prinsloo Streets. Book via Computicket [5]

Outdoors

  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Fountains Valley Resort (Take exit 335 (M7 (M18) Eeufees Rd) off the N14 and follow the Fountains Resort sign),  +27 (0)12 440-8316, e-mail: audreyb@tshwane.gov.za. 5:30AM to 7PM in summer and 7AM to 8PM in winter. Walk, mountainbike, go on a 4x4 drive or stay over in the second oldest nature reserve in the world. See giraffe, antelope and many other animals. R15 entrance fee, R35 (with R300 refundable deposit) for an overnight hut (sleeps 12), R50 per day for mountainbike hire, R100 for guided walks, R40 for access to the 4x4 trail (R250 if you get stuck and call for a recovery vehicle).
  • Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, cnr Boshoff and Roper,  +27 (0)12 440-8316, e-mail: audreyb@tshwane.gov.za. Open 7AM to 5PM (6PM in summer). Free entrance.
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve +27 (0)12 341-0591. Open 7AM to 6PM, entrance until 4PM. Not much wildlife, some Dassies at most. A very old fig tree.

Food

The renowned restaurants include Cynthia's, The Hillside Tavern and Pachas. There are also many franchised diners throughout the city.


  • Cool Runnings, 1071 Burnett Street. A cool pub with a earthy rastafarian vibe.

Budget

  • Centurion Mall Express Sandwich Baron (annemarie@sandwichbaron.com), Shop 30A, Cnr Hendrik Verwoerd and Embankment, Centurion Mall, Centurion,  27 (0)12 643-1144. Sandwich Baron produces freshly made platters and sandwiches and holds no ready-made products in stock. Also has a catering service.
  • Tings 'n Times, 065 Arcadia Street, Hatfield,  +27 (0)12 430-3176/7. Tings an' Times is an establishment inspired by bohemian ideals and permeated by soothing Reggae rhythms, catering to both young and old. Blending African and Mediterranean flavours, our eclectic menu features a variety of culinary delights.

Midrange

  • Toni's Pizza Toni's is a great place to get the best pizza in town.
  • Panarotti's Panarotti's is a national chain with several Pretoria branches.
  • Spur. Spur a national chain of Native American themed steak-houses. Several branches in Pretoria.

Splurge

  • Cynthia's Indigo Moon Restaurant, 283 Dey Street, Nieuwmuckleneuk, Brooklyn,  +27 (0)12 346-8926. Around R170 per person.
  • Kream Restaurant, 570 Fehrsen Street, Building 3 Ground Floor, Brooklyn Bridge,  +27 (0)123 464642. This new restaurant has a fresh upmarket urban feel and offers splendid food at very reasonable prices. Around R150 per person.
  • La Pentola, 5 Riviera Galleries, Well Street, Riviera,  +27 (0)12 329-4028, fax: +27 (0)12 329-5464. Open Mon to Fri from 12PM to 3PM and 6PM to 10PM, Sat from 6PM to 10PM, closed on Sundays. Multi award winning restaurant with excellent food. From around R150 per person.

Drinks

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  • Pretoria's nightlife is concentrated in Hatfield (near the university), which boasts a number of bars and night clubs. Menlyn Square (just off the Menlyn shopping centre) is also a popular location which contains several venues but caters for the more upmarket crowd.
  • Drop Zone, Hatfield Square. Popular night club that stays open until late at night/early morning. Entrance is free.
  • Tings 'n Times, 065 Arcadia Street, Hatfield,  +27 (0)12 430 3176/7. In addition to being a great budget restaurant with a Rastafarian feel, Tings offers some great life acts.
  • Zeplin's Nightclub, Wonderwater Centre, Cnr Braam Pretorius & Lavender Annlin, South Africa. Caters for the Pretoria goth/alternative community.
  • Babylon. One of South Africa's biggest nightclubs marketed at gay patrons. Babylon is clean and trendy, although slightly overpriced, and is open every Saturday night.

Shopping

Shopping Malls

  • Menlyn Park. Located in the East. A large mall, it includes a roof top drive-in theater.
  • Brooklyn Mall. Just East of the city center with its art galleries and movie theaters for both mainstream and independent films.
  • Kolonnade. In the North with its ice rink and other entertainment.
  • Centurion Mall. South of Pretoria, in Centurion.
  • Wonderpark. In the North just as you get onto Brits road off the Mabopani highway, Skatepark and 100's of stores.

Other Shopping

  • German bakery and Alma german butchery. East of Pretoria, Offramp Rossouw, then turn north, after 200 m. Closed Mondays. Also serves Coffee

There are also many smaller, local shopping centres usually with one of the larger chain stores as an anchor.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Pretoria on Wikivoyage.

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