What to see in Pretoria

Pretoria Attractions

From a sightseeing perspective, Pretoria is most interesting for its historical attractions. As the South African seat of government and the administrative capital of the country, the city has some famous landmarks, including: the Union Buildings, where visitors can picnic in the lovely grounds and admire numerous monuments and memorials; the imposing Voortrekker Monument, which has been the topic of some controversy in South Africa; Melrose House, a restored Victorian mansion; and Kruger House, which serious history buffs will enjoy.

For those travelling with children Pretoria is a surprisingly fun city full of activities for kids. The zoo is a must, and a picnic in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a fun excursion. You could also start by taking the older kids paintballing at Gotcha on the outskirts of the city; you can generally join an existing game, and all the equipment is supplied. This is a high adrenaline game that involves a fair degree of pain when shot - no harm done provided the supplied safety gear is used, but not suitable for kids younger than 12. Another option outside of the city is Zwartkops Quad Centre which allows one to rent mini quad bikes for riding around a large dirt track. It's a fun experience, closely supervised, but once again not suitable for kids under 10. A better bet for younger kids is skating at the Kolonnade Shopping Mall ice rink.

Of course, the many attractions of Johannesburg are very close by. Another fun excursion from Pretoria is a trip to Cullinan: look out for Friends of the Rail, a heritage company that runs steam train trips from Pretoria to Cullinan and back. Slip the driver a tip and you can toot the horn.

Kruger House Museum

The former residence of Boer leader and President of the Republic of South Africa, Paul Kruger, is now the Kruger House…

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Loftus Versfeld Stadium

A shrine for many of Pretoria's Afrikaaners, the Loftus Versfeld Stadium seats over 50,000 people and was one of the…

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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Commonly known as the Pretoria Zoo, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is often described as one of the…

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Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Featuring indigenous plants and flowers from all over South Africa, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden bridges the…

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Union Buildings

Designed by renowned South African architect, Sir Herbert Baker, the Union Buildings are located on Meintjieskop hill,…

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