The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, founded in 1946, opens daily from 08:00 to 18:00. (No entry allowed after 17:00). Between the frosty south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section visitors are presented by two different worlds. Paved nature trails give access to the fascinating natural vegetation. Two restaurants, one inside and one on the outskirts; provide visitors the refreshments needed for or after the long walk.
Transvaal Museum of Natural History, Pretoria - what is regarded as the countrys leading natural history museum, open every day of the week from 08:00 to 16:00. The museum is housed in a magnificent sandstone building, its entrance dominated by dinosaur skeletons, filled with cavernous display halls. This is also the home of the australopithecine fossil named Mrs Ples.
Union Buildings, Pretoria - The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The grand Union buildings sit on Meintjies Kop and overlook the city of Pretoria. The Union Buildings were built from light sandstone and were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker in the English monumental style.
Freedom Park, Pretoria - When Nelson Mandela said in 1999 - the day should not be far off, when we shall have a peoples shrine, a freedom park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain so we should experience the joy of freedom. - he was describing the Freedom Park. It is a space where South Africans and visitors to the country can reflect on the past, and is an inspiration for the future. It is regarded as one of the most ambitious heritage projects the government has invested in.
Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria - stands as a major landmark on a low hill, just outside Tshwane (as Pretoria is now called). The Voortrekker monument was built in honour of the great Voortrekkers or pioneers, who left the Cape during the period 1835 to 1854.
Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Pretoria - The 11.8 hectare sanctuary lies within the Walker spruit Open Space System in which two streams feed water into wetland basins that attract a large number of water bird species. There is a bird hide and guided walks as well as an exhibition hall.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng - The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is 3 800 hectares in extent, situated south of the city but still within the city limits. The reserve is home to large herds of game and because of its open grassland landscape it offers visitors a unique opportunity to view many species of animals. Rietvlei also offers lots to interest bird lovers.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located near the famous Fountains Valley. This valley on the southern outskirts of Pretoria was proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895, the first in Africa.
The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated in the northern part of the city and straddles the Magaliesberg Mountains. This 200 ha reserve is famous for its magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig called the "Wonderboom". The fig tree is older than 1 000 years, and legend has it that it grew this big because the chief of an indigenous tribe lies buried beneath its roots. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time.
The Pretoria City Hall, the largest public hall in South Africa, was built to celebrate the city-status of Pretoria which was obtained in 1931.The front of the City Hall of Pretoria is beautifully complimented by the gardens and fountains of Pretorius Square. Within these gardens stands three statues. The 6.2 metre tall bronze statue of Chief Tshwane was unveiled in 2006 and shows the namesake of the Tshwane District Municipality.
Church Square is surrounded by many historic buildings, some having been erected as early as 1891.
The Sammy Marks Museum is a Victorian mansion called Zwartkoppies Hall, situated about 23 km outside Pretoria. The estate originally belonged to 19th century agricultural, industrial and mining tycoon Sammy Marks.
** From N1 North - take the AtterburyRoad offramp, turn left towards Menlin Park Shopping Centre, pass the Centre in Atterbury Road, turn right into General Louis Botha Drive(third traffic light, 1.5km), continue in General Louis Botha Drive up to third traffic light - we are on the right hand - corner in front of you (Duvernoy street), right opposite the Constantia Park Laerskool.
** From N1 South - take the Atterbury Road offramp, turn right towards Menlin Park Shopping Centre, pass the Centre in Atterbury Road, turn right into General Louis Botha Drive(third traffic light, 1.5km), continue in General Louis Botha Drive up to third traffic light - We are on the right hand - Big signboard on corner in front of you(Duvernoy street), right opposite the Constantia Park primary school.