With a rich history, this incredible holiday destination has something quite special to offer. Popularly known as Jacaranda City, the purple fringed streets are a sight to behold. Pretoria is one of South Africa’s leading academic cities and has more than 40 embassies. Take a tour of this magical capital city and visit the historic museums and landmarks that make this city what it is.
This half-day tour includes a visit to The Melrose House; an elegant museum serving as a superb example of the transition from Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The house is embellished with colourful stained-glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments. Most of these precious things belonged to the famous Heys family.
From there the tour continues with a trip to Pretoria Church Square; the historic centre of the city of Pretoria. The most prominent feature at the centre of the square is the statue of the Boer leader and president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. The Palace of Justice and the Old Capitol are two of several historically and architecturally significant buildings in the area.
The tour includes a visit to the Union Buildings. Situated on Meintjies Kop, the buildings form the official seat of the South African government and contain the offices of the President of South Africa. Best remembered as the place where South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, Nelson Mandela, was inaugurated in May 1994, a trip to this incredible site is a must-see on your South African tours and travels.
The tour makes a final stop at the Voortrekker Monument. Prominently located on a hilltop, the monument offers exquisite city views and amazing photo opportunities. Visitors are treated to insights and explanations from knowledgeable tour guides all along the way.
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