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1. Voortrekker Monument

Voortrekker Monument
4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
1 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Voortrekker Monument is a historic granite structure erected to honour the valiant Afrikaans colony of the Voortrekkers. It is a prominent structure and major landmark in the city. The monument is a massive 40 metres high, entirely made of granite with some interesting architectural features.

2. Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Pretoria National Botanical Garden
3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
2 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

An important South African botanical garden, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden is home to a beautiful collection of plants and flowers. It is divided into the western and eastern sections, with the former containing most of the smaller gardens like the succulent garden, medicinal garden, cycad garden, enabling garden and a few more. At the same time, the latter is home to grassland and also dassies.

3. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
3 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is South Africa's largest zoo, spread across a sprawling 210 acres and is home to about 9000 animals of more than 700 species. There is a river bank inside ideal for a picnic, and a cable car connects the top of the hills to the entrance at the bottom. The chargeable cable car provides amazing views of the entire zoo and all its enclosures.

4. Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Rietvlei Nature Reserve
4.3 /5

15 km
from city center
4 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

About 18 km from the centre of Pretoria, the Rietvlei Nature Reserve is a sprawling area of grasslands, home to various endangered flora and fauna. Drives through the grassland reserve are a famous tourist activity, as the park offers brilliant picnic spots and the opportunity to view more than 1500 animals. The scenic Rietvlei Dam is also situated in the park.

5. Union Buildings

Union Buildings
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
5 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Union Buildings is the seat of the government of South Africa and one of the most iconic heritage sites of the country. The architecture of the building is striking, with the twin towers sitting at the front building representing the English and Afrikaans languages. Unfortunately, only the gardens are accessible to the public. Since the building is located at the highest point of the city, these terraced gardens offer great views of the city.

6. Freedom Park Pretoria

Freedom Park Pretoria

5 km
from city center
6 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Freedom Park is a monument and historical landmark that spans 56 acres on Salvokop in Pretoria. A memorial called Isivivane, a symbolic resting place for all who lost their lives in the struggle for independence is located within the park.

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7. Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History

Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History

4 km
from city center
7 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History is located on Visagie Street in Old Mint. It is often called a centre for living culture as it focuses on the country’s history and the lives of its people. It has objects, documents, manuscripts, records, publications and photographs of South African history. There are guided tours held both day and night.

8. Melrose House

Melrose House

4 km
from city center
8 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Melrose House Museum is housed in a stately Burgers Park Pretoria mansion. It was used as a military headquarters during the Second Boer War and is where the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging was signed. It still houses the table on which it was signed and has a copy of the treaty.

9. Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

6 km
from city center
9 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve is famous for its diverse flora, fauna, and magnificent views. It is situated in the eastern part of Pretoria in Gauteng. It is an excellent place for bird watching, hiking and conducting photoshoots. Picnicking, dog walking, guided hikes, group activities etc., are not permitted at the reserve.

10. Kruger House Museum

Kruger House Museum
3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
10 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The last house of Paul Kruger, president of South Africa, which today is a museum displaying life during the days he stayed in this house.

11. Horseback Africa

Horseback Africa
3.7 /5

39 km
from city center
11 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Horse riding in South Africa is one of the most popular sports. Colin's Horseback Africa is the most popular in the area. Based in a private game park, it provides an exclusive tour, with zebras and giraffes among the many animals you will view from up and close. You can also take a walk and play with lion cubs!

12. Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Groenkloof Nature Reserve
3.6 /5

6 km
from city center
12 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

5 km south of the city, the Groenkloof Nature Reserve was South Africa's first nature reserve, established in 1895 and is one of Gauteng's top game reserves. It has several hiking and mountain biking trails and great 4x4 trails for off-road car lovers. It is also a great place for bird watchers, with a huge variety of local birds frequenting the area.

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13. Hennops Hiking Trail

Hennops Hiking Trail
4.0 /5

13 km
from city center
13 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Hennops Hiking Trail refers to many hiking, driving and biking trails from Haeda camp along the Hennops River and into the surrounding mountains. The routes are popular for historical sites, rich wild and plant life, and unique river crossings. You may cross with a suspension bridge or a cable car.

14. Hazel Food Market

Hazel Food Market
3.9 /5

10 km
from city center
14 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Hazel Food Market offers delicious and authentic food, from freshly baked bread to sophisticated wines. It is located in Pretoria High School Old Boys Club in Queen’s Crescent every Saturday. The Market is a melting pot of cultures with Dutch, Indian, Polish, Greek and Italian cuisines available here.

15. Pretoria Art Museum

Pretoria Art Museum

2 km
from city center
15 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Pretoria Art Museum, located in Arcadia, is renowned for its collection of South African art. The City Council has curated this collection since 1930. They collect, document and conserve South African art and host international and national travelling exhibitions and educational sessions.

16. Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

8 km
from city center
16 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary situated east of Pretoria. It is famous for hiking, dog walking (a permit is required), picnicking (only picnic baskets are permitted) and photography. Bird watching is popular, with over 150 bird species found here. There are two wooden lookout points for the same.

17. Mandela Statue

Mandela Statue

4 km
from city center
17 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Nelson Mandela statue was erected in honour of the anti-apartheid activist and first President of South Africa. It is located on the Union Building Grounds in Pretoria. Standing 9 metres tall, it is the tallest statue of Nelson Mandela in the world.

18. Jan Smuts House Museum

Jan Smuts House Museum

16 km
from city center
18 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Jan Smuts House is the preserved home of the former Prime Minister of South Africa, Jan Smuts. It is located in Irene, about halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The house has conserved the life of Jan Smuts through pictures, furniture and artefacts.

19. Jan Cilliers Park

Jan Cilliers Park

3 km
from city center
19 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Located on the northern slopes of Klapperkop in Groenkloof, Pretoria, Jan Cilliers Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. Also known as Protea Park, it is famous for its numerous native plants, trees and shrubs and excellent views of the Union Buildings and the city.

20. Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
20 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The famous home stadium of the rugby team Blue Bulls, and also hosted 5 games during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

21. Roodeplaat Dam Provincial Nature Reserve

Roodeplaat Dam Provincial Nature Reserve

13 km
from city center
21 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Roodeplaat Dam Provincial Nature Reserve, originally called Pienaars Rivier Dam, is located northeast of Pretoria on the shores of the Roodeplaat Dam. It is also an outdoor recreation facility popular for several water activities alongside its wildlife. Over 250 species of birds, including Black herons, Hammerkops and Ospreys, can be seen here, making it ideal for bird watching.

22. Magnolia Dell

Magnolia Dell

2 km
from city center
22 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

One of the most beautiful parks in Pretoria, Magnolia Dell is located in Bailey's Muckleneuk between Queen Wilhelmina, over Mahomed Street. It is known for its lush greenery consisting of over 250 magnolia trees and colourful flowers. The Walkerspruit creek inside the park has a statue of Peter Pan.

23. Hedianga Farm

Hedianga Farm

10 km
from city center
23 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Hedianga Farm is a predominantly rocky region comprising different challenging trails perfect for walking, hiking and mountain biking. It is situated on the Bronberg side of the Magaliesberg mountain in the eastern part of Pretoria. It is a great location to watch the sunset and take photographs.

24. Centurion Society of Model Engineers

Centurion Society of Model Engineers

14 km
from city center
24 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Centurion Society of Model Engineers is a beautiful green space in the residential suburb of Zwartkop. Formerly known as Meerpark, it is known for its train rides. It has a 2km long train track ideal for small steam trains designed mainly for children. The train passes by a serene lake, through tunnels and over bridges.

25. Buffelsdrift Trail Park

Buffelsdrift Trail Park

9 km
from city center
25 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Located 15km north of Pretoria on the western side of Dinokeng, the Buffelsdrift Trail Park lies within the Buffelsdrift Nature Conservancy. The trail park is well-known for its wildlife, lush greenery and numerous trails. It boasts 10 main mountain biking routes, including Buffel, Nguni, Kudu and Rabbit, that are of different difficulty levels.

26. Grove Ice Rink

Grove Ice Rink
4.0 /5

10 km
from city center
26 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

The Grove Ice Rink is located at the Grove Shopping Mall in the Lynwood Ride suburb of Pretoria and is a famous yet small ice skating rink. It is ideal for children and adults alike. It offers early morning sessions, public sessions and also academy lessons for those who want to learn to ice skate.

27. Zita Park

Zita Park
4.0 /5

8 km
from city center
27 out of 27
things to do in Pretoria

Zita Park is a public park located on Zita Street in Garsfontein, Pretoria. It has sprawling lawns surrounded by trees, ideal for walking and picnics. There is a playground for children with jungle gyms, slides and other equipment.

FAQs on Pretoria

What are the top hotels in Pretoria?

There are 519 Hotels in Pretoria which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Pretoria are Touch of Class Guest House, Sekelbos Guesthouse, Burkea Park Villa, LeoZet Self catering apartment, Roux's Res, Grace. You can see all the hotels in Pretoria here

What are the top sightseeing places in Pretoria?

The top sightseeing places in Pretoria are Voortrekker Monument, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Union Buildings, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Kruger House Museum, Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

How can I commute within Pretoria?

There are many railways that travel through Pretoria that can be used to get around along certain lines. Commuter rail, Gautrain, and the luxury Blue Train all travel through Pretoria and have various stops within the city before heading out to places like Johannesburg and Centurion. There are minibus taxis and Gautrain feeder buses that service the city, as well as normal public buses that run during the day. Taxis run throughout the city as well, and many of them need to be booked beforehand. Renting a car however, is probably the best way to get around Pretoria.
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