Activities in the Area

Pretoria Zoo

The National Zoological Garden of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually. The total length of the walkways in the Zoo in Pretoria is approximately 6km.

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Wonderpark Mall

Indoor mall featuring popular chain retailers, casual eateries, a cinema & kids' play zone.

 

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Church Square

Church Square is situated in the center of the city. Church Square derived it's name because it was originally a market place where farmers gathered with their ox wagons and tents at the time of "nagmaal' or holy communion

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Cullinan Diamond Mine

The charming little village of Cullinan with its mine historic stone and corrugated iron mine workers houses, offices and churches, a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900s, lies 30 kilimetres east of the city centre of Pretoria

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Ditsong : National Museum of Cultural History

The National Cultural History Museum explores South Africa's cultural diversity in various permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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Union Buildings

Like an ancient temple adorning over the city it governs, the Union Buildings are a modern day acropolis, built at the highest point of South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

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Ditsong: Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Some 220 000 years ago, a blazing stony meteorite, the size of half a football field, slammed into the earth's crust. The impact formed a huge crater, 1.3 km in diameter and 100 m deep.

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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

On the outskirts of Pretoria, Rietvlei Nature Reserve offers a peaceful escape to nature and great game viewing less than a 20-minute drive from the city center. The dam was built during the Great Depression, and now constitutes 15 percent of Pretoria's water supply, as well as supporting a range of highveld game that was reintroduced to the area. Eland, red hartebeest, buffalo, blesbok, waterbuck, zebra, black wildebeest, hippo, and even cheetah are among the animals found here. Birders should keep a lookout for the comical secretary birds, as well as the blue crane, South Africa's national bird, and a breeding pair of fish eagles.

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Kruger House Museum

Inside a modest Victorian on Church Street, the Kruger House Museum is the oldest and best known house in Pretoria. From 1883 to 1900, it was the home of Paul Kruger, President of the former Transvaal Boer Republic.

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Tshwane Market

The Tshwane Market is a unique centre where prices are formed and fresh produce is traded to the mutual benefit of suppliers, buyers and consumers. It provides efficient and cost-effective infrastructure and services that comply with international standards.

The Tshwane Market has a national and international client-base. On the procurement side produce is obtained from producers country-wide and on the supply side the market is supported by buyers from all walks of life in South Africa and neighbouring countries. Prices are formed on the basis of supply and demand and set the trend for prices nationally. Markets are often referred to as the stock exchange of the fresh produce industry.

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Wonderboom Nature Reserve

The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated in the northern part of Tshwane and straddles the Magaliesberg. This 200-hectare reserve is famous for its magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig tree called the "Wonderboom".

The fig tree is older than 1 000 years, and legend has it that it has grown to be this big because the chief of an indigenous tribe lies buried beneath its roots. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time or 22 ox wagons with 20 oxen in front of each. Today it is much smaller, probably because of the devastating fire in 1870 that was started by a hunting party or due to a parasitic infestation, which put the tree under quarantine for 20 years. Over the years, the branches have grown longer, hanging lower until they touched the ground, where they rooted and produced a circle of daughter trees. There are now three circles of daughter trees surrounding the original tree.

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