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Things To See in Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria Things To See

Attractions in Pretoria run the gamut from historical sites such as the Voortrekker Monument to the beautiful expanse of the Pretoria National Botanic Garden. Other important attractions include Freedom Park and the Transvaal Museum.

Freedom Park, which isn’t entirely finished yet but is still well worth a trip, is home to many interesting exhibits remembering South Africa’s troubled past as well as looking forward to a more harmonious future. The Wall of Names (pictured) and the Eternal Flame are just two of the memorials you can visit here.

On one of the hills facing Freedom Park, you’ll see the Voortrekker Monument, another important attraction here in Pretoria. Commemorating South Africa’s pioneer movement, the Monument also contains a museum dedicated to Afrikaner history.

The Transvaal Museum is one of the city’s most interesting museums. It showcases South Africa’s diverse natural history, boasting a large number of exhibits both stuffed and skeletal.

If you’re looking for a quite place to escape from the city for a while, head to Burgers Park. A short walk from the Transvaal Museum, this park is an expanse of green areas, fountains, benches and tall trees.

Outside the city you’ll get a chance to see some of Africa’s endangered wildlife at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Home to numerous cheetahs, you’ll also see African Wild Dogs, vultures and more here.

Attractions in Pretoria

  • Transvaal Museum

    Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, South Africa

    Across the road from Pretoria’s imposing City Hall, this natural history museum is well-worth a visit. Initially founded in 1892, today the museum houses a huge collection of exhibits with an emphasis on African wildlife. Alongside all the stuffed animals, you’ll find plenty of interesting fossils plus a sparkling selection of gemstones, crystals and more.

    Open daily 8am-4pm, admission R20.

  • Freedom Park

    Salvokop, Pretoria, South Africa

    Hoping to educate visitors about South Africa’s history and looking towards the country’s united future, Freedom Park is one of Pretoria’s most important attractions. Although not entirely finished yet you should definitely add it to your list of places to visit here. Memorials here include the Eternal Flame and the touching Wall of Names. Plus, from various points around the park you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city spread out in front of you.

    Guided tours available daily at 9am, 12pm & 3pm, admission R20.

  • Voortrekker Monument

    Eeufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

    Chances are you’ll have seen this giant grey monument overlooking Pretoria on your drive into the city. The Voortrekker Monument was built to honour the Voortrekker pioneers who left South Africa’s Cape area to make the long trip to settle around the country including at Pretoria. Featuring a number of impressive friezes depicting some of their struggles, construction on the Monument began in 1937 and took 11 years.

    Open daily May-Aug 8am-5pm, Sept-Apr 8am-6pm; admission R13 (entrance to site) R32 (entrance to monument & museum).

  • Pretoria National Botanical Garden

    2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria, South Africa

    Covering an area of around 76 hectares, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a striking oasis outside the city centre. Divided into two main sections, these gardens mostly feature South African plants and a great variety of native trees.

    Open daily 8am-6pm (no entry after 5pm), admission R18.

  • Hatfield Flea Market

    1122 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

    With in excess of 200 stalls operating at this weekly flea market, you’ll find plenty of things to spend your Rand on. Sellers here offer everything from trendy clothes to handcrafted gift items plus jewellery, furniture and plenty more.

    Open Sundays 9am-4pm.

  • Church Street

    between Church Square and Prinsloo,, Pretoria Centra, Pretoria, South Africa

    You might not recognise the store names along this busy stretch of Church Street but you’ll definitely be familiar with many of the brands on offer including great value Converse footwear. Clothing and shoe stores are accompanied by a number of stalls selling everything from sunglasses to handcrafts.

  • Menlyn Park

    Cnr Atterbury Rd & Lois Ave, Menlo Park, Pretoria, South Africa

    Three floors of stores await you at the hugely popular Menlyn Park shopping centre. Here you’ll find everything from designer clothes to sunglasses plus shoes, books, music, home furnishings and plenty more.

    Open Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm.

  • Hatfield Plaza

    1122 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

    Wonderfully air-conditioned inside, Hatfield Plaza is a great spot for a wander if you want to escape from the sun and do some shopping. Spread out over a couple of floors, the Plaza is home to clothes shops, jewellery stores and plenty more. Whether you’re looking for a funky boutique like Legit or if you want affordable clothing from Ackermans, you’ll find it here.

    Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 9am-1am.

  • Burgers Park

    , Pretoria, South Africa

    Pretoria’s oldest park, Burgers Park covers around 4 hectares and was built in a Victorian style. Today it’s an oasis of calm in the city’s bustling central business district and is the perfect place to escape to if you’re looking for a change of scenery. Check out the fountains and flowers or just sit under one of the tall trees and enjoy the shade.

    Open daily 8am-6pm.

  • Union Buildings

    , Pretoria, South Africa

    Though you can’t actually go on a tour of Union Buildings yet, they should still feature on your must do list while in Pretoria. Head on up to Government Avenue to check out the stunning exterior of this important site, the place where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the South African President in 1994. As the Buildings are up on a hill, you’ll be afforded some stunning views of the surrounding area from here.

  • Church Square

    Pretoria Central, Pretoria, South Africa

    The focal point of Pretoria Central, Church Square is surrounded by a number of beautiful buildings including the Palace of Justice and the Ou Raadsaal. Once you’re done admiring the architecture, take a walk through the Square’s park to see the stature of former South African President Paul Kruger. Also take the time to sit in the shade surrounded by chattering locals.

  • Pretorius Square

    Pretoria Central, Pretoria, South Africa

    Smack bang in front of Pretoria’s impressive City Hall is yet another pretty park area found in Pretoria Central. As you wander around, you’ll see a number of beautiful fountains plus colourful flowerbeds and three statues of important figures in the city’s history including Chief Tshwane.

  • Arcadia Park

    Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

    Home to the Pretoria Art Museum, Arcadia Park is a large space popular with locals who come here in large numbers at most times of the day. Here you’ll find plenty of benches to sit on but people also happily sprawl across the grass. There’s a playground area for kids too.

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