Duration: Approximately 5 hours
Pick up: 09h00 or 13h00 from the Hotel
Known informally as The Jacaranda City, highlights of this tour include the historic Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, the City Hall State Theatre / Opera House, the Union Buildings and the President’s Office.
The Voortrekker Monument
Is a monument situated in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honor the Voortrekkers (Pioneers) who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the idea to design a “monument that would stand a thousand of years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants”. It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on top of a hill.
Is the historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Milk was used, instead of water, for mixing the cement from which the house was constructed, as the cement available was of poor quality. The house was also one of the first in Pretoria to be lit by electricity. The Kruger House is now a house museum that tries to recreate the ambience of the period that Kruger lived in.
Is the historic centre of the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Its most prominent feature is the statue of the Boer leader and president of the South African Republic Paul Kruger at its centre. Statues of four anonymous Boer citizen-soldiers surround that of Kruger’s on a lower level of the plinth.
The Union Buildings
Form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings sit on Meintjies Kop and overlook Pretoria.
The Transvaal Museum
Is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria, The Transvaal Museum curates large collections of Plio-Pleistocene fossils, (including hominids from Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai in the Cradle of Humankind), as well as late Permian Therapsids (mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo). In addition, the museum holds very large collections of mammals, birds and reptiles.
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