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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Pretoria

Pretoria CBD


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Pretoria is located in the province of Gauteng and is 53 km north of Johannesburg although the area between them is heavily developed. It is the administrative capital of South Africa.

The name Pretoria comes from Andries Pretorius who was one of the Voortrekker leaders. The city is often referred to as Tshwane which is the proposed new name for it.

Although the area that is now occupied by Pretoria was inhabited by indigenous tribes for a few hundred years, the city iteself was established in 1855. The Tshwane municipal area has a population of around 3 million people.

One of the main attractions in Pretoria is the National Zoological Gardens, also known as the Pretoria Zoo. The Voortrekker Monument is definitely something that you should include on your tour. Besides offering a fascinating insite into the history of the Voortrekkers it also offers visitors unrivalled views over Pretoria. There are many other activities that you can undertake in the park-like grounds. Other places of interest include the Union Buildings, Church Square, Transvaal Museum, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Paul Kruger House, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, Rietvlei Nature Reserve and Groenkloof Nature Reserve.

Jacaranda trees

Above - Although not indigenous to South Africa Jacaranda trees are synonymous with Pretoria

Photo © Johan van Zyl

View over Pretoria

Above - View over part of the city

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Paul Kruger House

Above - Paul Kruger House

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

Above - Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Dutch Reformed Church

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1927) - Pretoria East

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 102

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 54

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 270

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 134

Getaway - Vol 31 No 03 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 42

go! - Issue 088 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 42

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 114

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 228

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 27

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 228

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 16

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 18

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 90

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 181

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