Pretoria was named after the Voortrekker (pioneer) Andries Pretorius. It falls within the metropolitan municipality of Tshwane. It lies 1,350m (4,400ft) above sea. Pretoria is surrounded by hills of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range.
Your tour includes a visit to the prominent Voortrekker Monument, on a ridge south of the city. It was inaugurated on 16 December 1949 and commemorates the so-called "Great Trek", a pioneer migration from the then frontier region to the north in the late 1830's. The main points of interest within the impressive cubical sandstone building are historical friezes and a Cenotaph.
Spend some time at the Kruger House museum, the home of the old Boer leader of the South African Republic, President Paul Kruger. Built in 1884, it contains original and period furniture, his official carriage, presidential train wagon and other historical artifacts.
Your tour continues to Church Square the historic center of Pretoria, dominated by the statue of President Kruger. The square is surrounded by the Palace of Justice where former President Nelson Mandela and his comrades were found guilty of treason and banished to the infamous Robben Island; the old Capitol Theater; the Tudor Chambers; the old Council Chamber and the old General Post Office.
You end your tour at the Union Buildings, the administrative seat of the South African Government and prime example of Sir Herbert Baker's colonial sandstone architecture.
R1,000 per person
Duration: 1 days
Tour Type: City & day tours
Transport: Luxury sedan, minibus or 44-seater luxury coach
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-10 max-40
Languages (guides): English
Other languages if tour booked on a private base
Countries: South Africa
Notes: In addition to Johannesburg departures, you may also join the tour from a Pretoria hotel.
Highlights: Pretoria , Voortrekker Monument , Kruger House , Union Buildings .
Starting dates: Tuesday to Saturday. Tour members are collected at Airport hotels (±12:00), Rosebank hotels (±12:30) and Sandton hotels (±13:00), as well as Pretoria hotels (±14:00).
Available starting dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
The Voortrekker Monument is situated on a hilltop to the south of Pretoria. Designed by Gerhard Moerdyk, the huge granite structure was inaugurated on 16 December 1948. It commemorates the historic “Great Trek” to the North by Dutch (Afrikaner) Boers in order to escape British rule in the Cape Colony.more about Voortrekker Monument
The Kruger House museum in Pretoria was the residence of Paul Kruger, president of the "Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek". The ZAR was one of the two boer republics that were founded after the Great Trek from the Cape Colony. This unimposing house contains furniture and memorabilia that reflects the lifestyle of the period.more about Kruger House
The Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, is home to the offices of the State President and the Department of Foreign Affairs. These imposing buildings were originally designed by Sir Herbert Baker for the recently founded Union of South Africa (1910). The inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first president of the new democratic South Africa also took place at this venue.more about Union Buildings