24 Hours in Pretoria
Known to locals as Jacaranda City due to the immense number of jacaranda trees that line the streets, Pretoria is a fascinating metropolitan jam-packed with history, a varied range of diverse architecture, warm blue seas and magnificent scenery – not to mention the impeccably run bullet train service known as the Gautrain. Located in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, Pretoria boasts diverse cultures, awesome food and so much to explore that there is always something new to discover! Read on to discover all there is to do in a day in Pretoria, which is also known as Tshwane.
Voortrekker Monument & Heritage Site
The Voortrekker Monument is a beautifully crafted structure that signifies the history of the Afrikaners (white settlers) and is one of the most popular historical attractions. This is a must see for those who want to learn about the roots of one of the many cultures in South Africa.
Hazel Food Market
For a real taste of fresh produce from Pretoria, visit the Hazel Food Market. Open every Saturday, you will find anything that your tastebuds might desire, from traditional African cuisine, locally grown herbs, fruit and vegetables, foreign cuisine, sweet treats to great coffee.
Calling all natural history enthusiasts! If a live display of creepy crawlies, mammal skeleton exhibits and a taxidermy hall full of some of the most impressive African birds sounds like your idea of fun, you’re in for a real treat. Did I mention there is also a section with many precious stones on display, as well as many mammal statues? Situated opposite the City Hall, Transvaal Museum is certainly a place that is not to be missed.
Freedom Park is truly unique; honouring all South Africans that fought for their country in all wars, the memorial is a remarkable example of state-of-the-art architecture, as well as an admirable commemoration to all the heroes that gave their lives. Be sure to take a stroll through the Isivivane remembrance garden and take a look at the Sikhumbuto wall, of which has inscribed on it the names of many soldiers.
Walk through the grounds of the Union Buildings and take in all of the awe-inspiring architecture that surrounds you. As well as the presidential offices and headquarters of the South African Government, there are a number of statues; one of note is General Louis Botha. Political superpower and saviour Nelson Mandela was inaugurated here in 1994.
The State Theatre complex is home to many impressive productions and boasts 5 separate theatres, of which are named The Arena, Momentum, Opera, Drama and Studio.