Pretoria is one of the three capital cities in South Africa. The quiet city, located in North Gauteng, is the administrative capital of South Africa. The city has a long and fascinating history and is rich with monuments and museums that help explain the importance of this city throughout the years. Pretoria is also commonly known as the “Jacaranda City" due to its mauve blossomed tree-lined streets.

Pretoria National Zoological Gardens

Commonly known as Pretoria Zoo, this is the largest zoo in South Africa and is also rated one of the best zoos in the world. Focused on the conservation and preservation of all of its species, this zoo attracts around 600,000 visitors per year. There are over 3000 animals that call this zoo home including Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, Gorillas and Bears. The zoo also has the largest inland aquarium in the country and a reptile park.

Freedom park

Freedom park is a monumental place which is visited by many South African’s due to the history that it holds. It is full of symbolic statues with landscaped gardens which pay tribute to those who dedicated their lives to fighting for freedom. The park is a beautiful way to learn about the struggles South Africa faced on the journey from the apartheid to democracy. Take a tranquil journey through the park not only to learn the history of the country but also to see the breath-taking panoramic view of Pretoria below.

Horse Trail safaris

For a different safari experience why not try a safari on horseback. This is a perfect experience for everyone whether you’re a first -timer or professional horse rider. There are many trails to choose from all varying in duration from one hour to a half-day tour. On this unique adventure, keep an eye out for Giraffes, Zebras, Warthogs, Ostriches as well as many other fascinating animals whilst taking in the beauty of your surroundings.

Union Buildings

The grand Union Buildings are perched atop Meintjieskop hill with a view of the city of Pretoria below. The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government as well as housing the offices of the South African president. The 285-metre-long, semi-circular building was constructed with two wings that represent the Afrikaans and English languages. The two wings are brought together by a central curved courtyard which symbolises the union of the two communities following the war. Surrounding the Union Buildings are beautiful terraced gardens with many monuments including the Women’s monument and the impressive nine-metre-tall statue of Nelson Mandela.

Women’s monument

The women’s monument consists of the statues of the heroic stalwarts, Lillian Ngoyi, Sophia Williams-de Bruyn, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa who played a key role in advancing women’s rights during the apartheid. These four women led a peaceful protest march in 1956 along with 20,000 other women to deliver a petition to the prime minister suggesting that women should no longer have to carry a passbook. This was a pivotal moment in South African history symbolising female strength, courage and power.