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Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

1. Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

On this half day tour, you will learn about the fascinating history of South Africa during a Pretoria city experience. Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and full of historic sites like the Union Buildings, headquarters of the government. The buildings are beautifully situated in terraced gardens, through which you can enjoy an idyllic walk. Enjoy a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, a monument of great significance to many Afrikaans-speaking South Africans because it stands for Afrikaner Nationalism. The interior walls depict the story of the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next, you can visit the Paul Kruger House Museum where you can learn more about this fascinating man and his life. The house displays furniture and personal items of the Kruger family. Pretoria has character in its buildings and during this city architecture tour, you will be given ample opportunity to ask your guide about the history behind the buildings and culture. Visit Church Square, the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice and Capital Theatre.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

2. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

Pretoria city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is known as the "Jacaranda City”, mainly for its jacaranda-lined avenues and fascinated architecture. Whilst here you can visit historical monuments such as the Paul Kruger house which was built in 1884. Paul Kruger was the leading man in the Transvaal War against Britain between 1889-1891. Paul Kruger was then elected the President of the Zui-Afrikaansche Republiek and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument is situated in Pretoria in a nature reserve, it is a Monument that commemorates the history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaners, not forgetting the Union Buildings which house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. Union Building is not situated in the center of Pretoria, but is situated rather in the highest point of Pretoria and is a South African national heritage site.

Cullinan Diamond Mine & Pretoria Full Day Tour

3. Cullinan Diamond Mine & Pretoria Full Day Tour

Get a glimpse into a fascinating part of South Africa's history with a visit to the famous Cullinan diamond mines, operated for many years by the De Beers mining company. Take a trip to the mine which is situated 40km east of Pretoria in a town called Cullinan. The tour covers the history of the mine and geological processes that are responsible for the creation of diamonds. Learn about the discovery of the administrative capital known for it's Jacaranda-lined avenues, fascinating architecture and historical monuments such as Paul Kruger House, built in 1884.  Visit the Voortrekker Monument situated in Pretoria in a nature reserve - a monument that commemorates the history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaaners. Whilst here also take a peek at the Union buildings with an experienced guide who will explain their history and function. 

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

4. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

Discover Pretoria on a half-day tour of the city. Visit the most significant historical monuments and learn the history behind the city that was once the capital of the South African Republic and today serves as the official seat of the South African Government. Start your private tour with a convenient hotel pickup and head to your first stop on your sightseeing tour of Pretoria, the Voortrekker Monument. Delve into the history of South Africa's pioneers and learn about the principal event in the Afrikaners' history, the Great Trek. View the sculptures that portray the long journey the Dutch-speaking settlers embarked on when they left the Cape Colony to migrate to the interior of the country in 1835. The next stop on your tour is the Kruger Museum. Travel back in time as you explore the original home of Paul Kruger, President of the former Transvaal Boer Republic. See the exhibitions that illustrate his struggle for freedom from British Imperialism, his journey to Europe, and his exile. Head to Church Square for your next stop. Learn about the history and significance of this location and its surrounding buildings, including the Palace of Justice. End your tour on a high note with a stop at the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African Government. These buildings also house the offices of the President of South Africa. 

Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

5. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. You’ll also make a stop at Cub World, where you can cuddle baby lions. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, which showcases artifacts related to Paul Kruger, the 3rd president of South Africa from 1883-1900. Before the tour ends, you’ll view some of the architectural standouts of the city, like the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice, and Capital Theater. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having seen the urban and rural highlights of a vibrant capital city.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

6. From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Start your historical day tour ready to know what transpired back in those days and how it has shaped the current dynamic Rainbow nation. Head to Pretoria just over 30 kilometers from Johannesburg making your way to the first stop, the Voortrekker Museum, where you'll get to know the history of the Afrikaaners people of South Africa. Learn more about the monument and why it was built the way it is. From there, you'll drive through the beautiful town of Pretoria, also known as Tswane. Visit the Union Building, which currently houses the president of South Africa and get a splendid view of Pretoria and find a perfect place to take photos. Continue onto Soweto, where you will get to see the 1976 Youth Uprising by visiting the famous Hector Peterson Museum and also visit the house of the South African apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on Vilakazi Street. The Nelson Mandela House has been set up to reflect its original setting from the the time he left prison. Afterwards, head to the Apartheid Museum, where you will get the fine print of what actually transpired during those apartheid days and conclude your tour by passing through Johannesburg as you head back to your hotel.

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

7. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

Discover the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, an established tourist destination in Johannesburg. Located in the northwest of Johannesburg, the park has some of the world's greatest species of wildlife. Join a small guided group tour perfect for families, friends, and adventure-seekers alike and spend 2 hours exploring the reserve. Get a chance to see the white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, and other species that roam freely in the park. Come and say hello to the exotic animal species in their naturally enclosed habitats. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, and others. With the help of your guide, search for scenic locations for the most incredible views of the reserve. Stopover for dinner at the Carnivore restaurant, the gastronomic destination of choice for tourists. Enjoy a selection of succulent, charcoal-grilled meats such as crocodile, zebra, giraffe, impala, and ostrich and more skewered on the Masai swords and cooked in perfection over an open fire(vegetarian and fish dishes are also available).

From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

8. From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

Day 1: JohannesburgYour South African sightseeing tour begins in Johannesburg at the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel. From here, travel to Pretoria to visit the Voortrekker Monument where you'll learn about the history of the Afrikaners and the Great Trek. Drive through the beautiful city of Pretoria and pass by Church Square before heading to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African Government, for a photoshoot. See the iconic Nelson Mandela statue while here. Next stop, Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela House before wrapping up your first day with a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Day 2: JohannesburgDepart from the Radisson Blu Hotel and head to the Cradle of Humankind. Located about 50 kilometers from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is one of eight places in South Africa listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus was unearthed in 1947, and see the Maropeng Visitor Center, a world-class exhibition that was opened in 2005 and focuses on the development of hominins. Day 3: Cape TownGet picked up from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Johannesburg in the morning and travel to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, embark on a full-day tour that takes you around the entire Cape Peninsula. Discover the wonders of Cape Town, from the pristine beaches to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Your day also includes a visit to the sensational Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Day 4: Cape TownStart your day with another convenient pickup from the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel in Cape Town and set out on a full-day wine tour. Start in Stellenbosch and make your way through the best Winelands in the Cape. Take part in an optional wine tasting. Day 5: Cape TownSpend the final day of your tour on a full-day safari in a beautiful private game reserve. See South African wildlife in its natural habitat. The reserve is home to over 1,200 species including lions, cheetahs, black rhino, eland, leopards, the Cape clawless otter, and many more. Enjoy the prolific birdlife in the park, which includes the African fish eagle, black-breasted snake eagle, giant kingfisher, Cape vulture, Cape eagle owl, flamingo, ostrich, secretary bird, sacred ibis, spotted eagle owl, black stork, barn owl, and jackal buzzard to name just a few. Your tour concludes with a return flight to OR Tambo International Airport. 

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What people are saying about Pretoria

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We had a great day with Vincent, our guide, who was as friendly as he was fascinating. The visit to the diamond mine is only done on the surface, however, it is very interesting to discover this site. It is possible to buy stones or jewelry at the shop. The visit of Pretoria is important to better understand the History of South Africa.

I had a wonderful experience yesterday!! My day trip to Lion Park snd Pretoria was amazing as well as Victor , the tourist agent!! Congratulations!!! Vina Katsarou, Greece

Very interesting place to visit and very well prepared and knowledgeable guide. Not very wheelchair friendly though...

It was a fun full day of Pretoria+Nature experience. Thabang is a friendly guide!

Thabang made it a fun day, he is a very knowledgable guide :)