The “Jacaranda City“ known as Pretoria was founded in 1855 Marthimy Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers who named it after his father Andre Pretorius and chose a spot on the Banks of Apie River (Afrikaans for Monkey River) To be the new capital of the South African Republic (Dutch- Zuid Afrikaansche Republieki: ZAR) Jacaranda trees Bloom from late September to mid November, Pretoria is covered in a sea of purple! There are almost 70 000 Jacarandas in bloom all over the city during Spring. It’s believed that these trees bring luck to students. Climate
Pretoria has a humid subtropical climate with long hot rainy summers, and short, mild winters.
The Pretoria National Botanic Garden, in the city’s eastern suburbs, is a peaceful oasis close to the city. The 76-hectare gardens spotlight South African species, with more than half the country’s tree species, as well as many flowering plants, cycads, aloes, and other impressive collections.
High on a hilltop south of the city center, the Voortrekker Monument is a South African National Heritage site and one of the country’s most visited historic monuments. It was built in 1949 to commemorate the Voortrekkers, the Boers who pushed northward into unknown territory in the mid 19th-century.
Spanning 85 hectares, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa provides a full day of animal fun for the family. This large zoo encompasses a walk-through aviary, a reptile house with a collection of animals from all over the world, as well as the country’s only inland aquarium where visitors can see many species of fish including ragged tooth sharks.
A haven for hikers and nature lovers, Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve spans 100 hectares in the foothills of Moreleta Kloof near the city center. In the 19th century, the reserve was a dairy farm, and one of the original buildings has been converted to a restaurant where visitors can dine on a beautiful deck, often with a parade of animals in view.
From walking with baby lions to horseback safaris, Horseback Africa is a private wildlife reserve just under 50 kilometers from Pretoria and one of top attractions in the area. The Lion Tours are the most special experience here. The mission is to create greater awareness of animal conservation while allowing you to interact with young lions up to one year old.
Day tour of Lion Park & Suncity:
The Lion & Safari Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as South African cheetah, Cape wild dog, brown hyena and spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.
Sun City Resort in the North West Province of South Africa, known as Africa’s kingdom of pleasure, is an opulent extravaganza boasting 4 luxury Sun City hotels, scintillating entertainment centres, casinos, restaurants, shops, discos, and beautifully landscaped grounds.
Half Day Tours
A: Voortreker Monument/Paul Kruger House
B: Pretoria Center/Union Building
C: Paul Kruger House/Freedom Park
D: Freedom Park/Union Building
Full Day Pretoria & Culinan
A: Voortrekker Monument/Paul Kruger House/Pretoria Center/Union Building
B: Freedom Park/Paul Kruger House/Pretoria Center/Union Buildings
C: Paul Kruger House/ Pretoria Center/ Union Building/ Semi Max Museum/Culinan