Half Day Pretoria City Tour
The Half Day Pretoria Scenic Tour
We start by passing through some of the suburbs making our way to the Voortrekker Monument. After a great overview of Pretoria and the surroundings we make our way downtown passing Melrose House, Kruger House and Church Square. Moving onto the impressive Union Buildings headquarters of the government, where you can stretch your legs in the beautiful gardens. To end the tour we pass by Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium home of the Bulls rugby team.
The Voortrekker Monument, is situated in the northern part of Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It 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. The Monument was inaugurated in 1949. It was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. In the Hall of Heroes is the world’s longest historical marble frieze. A tapestry with more than three million stitches is housed in the Cenotaph Hall.
Melrose House, the house played an important role during the Anglo-Boer Wars, and is the site of the signing of the peace treaty that ended the 2nd Anglo-Boer war.
Kruger House, built for the Kruger Family in the 19th-century, Afrikaans leader and Transvaal President Paul Kruger, which Kruger National Park is named after.
Church Square, surrounded by historical buildings in varying neo-classical architectural styles, including the impressive Palace of Justice where former president Nelson Mandela and several of his comrades were tried and charged for treason during the infamous Rivonia Trial, the Old Capitol Theatre and the Ou Raadsaal (Old Government) building.
Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, house the offices of the South African president and are located atop the Meintjieskop in the Arcadia suburb of Tshwane. An important South African heritage site. The impressive building is surrounded by pretty terraced gardens that offer great panoramic views over the city. Within the gardens you’ll find various monuments to important historic South African figures, including a monument of General Louis Botha riding his horse and an imposing 9 m-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela that was unveiled here just after his death in 2013. An idyllic walk through the gardens is a must.