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5 Top Places To Visit In Pretoria

Pretoria in Gauteng Province is known as Tshwane. It is the administrative capital of South Africa. It is also known as Jacaranda City for its thousands of jacaranda trees. It is a home to Universities, Jobs and government buildings. The semi-circular Union Buildings encompass the president’s offices and hosted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. Nearby is the Voortrekker Monument, honouring 19th-cenrury Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony, Pretoria Zoo, Church Square and Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. These four are the places you only hear about them on televisions and radios and you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit them.

Union Buildings- it forms the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the president of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located in Pretoria, atop Meintjieskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. Fairview Avenue is a closed road where only officials can enter to the Union Buildings. Though not in the center of Pretoria the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African national heritage site.

Voortrekker Monument- is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. On 8 July 2011 the Voortrekker Monument, designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk, was declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage Resource Agency. The idea to build a monument in honour of God was first discussed on 16 December 1888, when President Paul Kruger of the South African Republic attended the Day of the Covenant celebrations at Blood River in Natal.

Pretoria Zoo- formally known as the National Zoological Gardens is a great spot for families, students, school groups and tourists alike. This 85-hectare zoo is home to thousands of species including mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. It is actually the largest zoo of its kind in South Africa. This is one of the reasons it has been named the national zoo of South Africa. You need not drive for hours outside of the city for this super cool outing. The Pretoria Zoo is situated just 5 minutes outside of Central Pretoria and 5.4km away from Pretoria University.

Ditsong National Museum of Natuaral History- it is known as the Transvaal Museum’s collections and exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and associated fauna, including Mrs Ples. This museum is actually good for high school students specifically those doing Life Sciences because most of the things which their taught are in Museums and it will do them good if they see them not just in books but also personally. It is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa.

Church Square- it is in the historic centre of Pretoria. The founder of Pretoria, Marthinus Pretorius declared the square to be used as a church yard and market place! Several historical and architectural significant buildings surround the square: The Palace Of Justice, the Old Capitol Theatre, the Tudor Chambers, the Ou Raadsaal( the old chambers) and the General Post Office, designed by William Hawke.

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