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Five attractions in Pretoria, South Africa | Private jet charter

The administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria (Tshwanae) is located in Gauteng Province, 55km north of Johannesburg. Locals have nicknamed Pretoria the Jacaranda City, thanks to its multitude of purple-flowered Jacaranda trees. Pretoria’s Afrikaner legacy is visible in its museums, monuments and architecture, while the city also offers visitors excellent game viewing from its nearby nature reserves, beautiful parks and gardens to stroll in, and a rich cultural life.

Union Buildings

Head to Church Street and visit the home and offices of the President of South Africa. Union Buildings are also the official home of the South African government and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Located on a commanding hilltop position near historic Church Square, the sandstone buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1913 and are a mix of Cape Dutch, Italian Renaissance and English Renaissance styles. Former President Nelson Mandela was inaugurated here in 1994.

Market @ The Sheds

Market @ The Sheds is one of Pretoria’s best-loved social markets, located in the central business district next to the Reserve Bank. Join locals and tourists each last Saturday of the month and enjoy home-grown art, fashion, design, craft beer, gourmet street food and superb live music varying from Afro-soul to blues and folk. The market is open from 11am to 8pm.

Voortrekker Monument

Possibly Pretoria’s most visited attraction, the Voortrekker Monument is located on a hill to the south of the centre, constructed in commemoration of the Voortrekker Boers who made their arduous pioneer trek north in the 19th century. This 40m-high granite monument encompasses the Hall of Heroes with its marble reliefs depicting the 1838 Great Trek. Enjoy superb views of Pretoria from the monument’s roof, before lunch at the restaurant.

Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Escape the buzz of the city with a visit to Pretoria’s beautiful National Botanical Garden. This 76-hectacre oasis lies in the eastern suburb of Brummeria and hosts myriad varieties of flora and fauna, including aloes, cycads and half of all South African tree species. The plants are displayed according to their specific region: grasslands and coastal forests as well as the Karoo savannas. The National Herbarium here has over a million species of plant. There’s also a delightful lakeside restaurant to relax in after your plant life adventure.

Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Nature lovers and walkers will love Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Spread over 100 hectares in the foothills of Moreleta Kloof, the reserve is a former dairy farm. Visitors will meet impala, zebra, bushbuck and ostrich among other animals here, including a wide variety of birdlife. One of the original farm buildings is now a restaurant and boasts a fabulous deck for animal watching. Other nature reserves near Pretoria are the Glen Nature and Groenkloof reserves that offer riding, 4WD trails and superb hiking.

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