Map of Pretoria
known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees,
which line its thoroughfares in summer, Pretoria is an elegant, quiet city
that's a perfect contrast with its more frenetic neighbour, Johannesburg,
just half an hour away. Pretoria has a long, involved and fascinating history
- first as the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal,
then as one of the three capitals of South Africa, it became an international
synonym for apartheid. But that all changed in 1994. With Nelson Mandela's
inauguration, the Union Buildings morphed overnight from a symbol of white,
neo-colonial domination to one of true unity. And it's only one of the
many landmarks in this cultural city.
Transvaal Museum boasts excellent natural history displays and is
the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein
in the Cradle of Humankind. Artefacts from the Iron Age state of
Mapungubwe are exhibited at the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of
Pretoria. The famous golden rhino, golden sceptre, golden bowl and various
gold, ivory and copper ornaments, trade beads and Chinese ceramics are
Also worth visiting are the
Cultural History Museum and the Smuts Museum, in Irene, just outside Pretoria.
The fact that the iconic Voortrekker Monument still stands is a tribute
to the inclusiveness of the new regime in South Africa.
More adventurous travellers
could do a short horse trail at the Voortrekker Monument or through the
Premier Game Reserve, taking a careful look at some white rhino and a number
of eland. Or perhaps a tandem skydive or a first jump at the Pretoria Skydiving
Club, which is the largest in the country.
The nearby town of Cullinan
is the site of the discovery of the biggest diamond in the world. It's
worth a visit; there are mine tours, lovely restaurants, beautiful stone
buildings and - best of all - an on-site manufacturing jeweller where you
can buy a stone from the mine and have it mounted in a custom-designed
IN PRETORIA (TSHWANE) AND SURROUNDING AREAS, SOUTH AFRICA
browsing hotels in the Pretoria area
Hotel, Arcadia, PRETORIA
at the foot of the Union Buildings, the Arcadia Hotel is an integral part
of the Arcadia Shopping Centre and is within walking distance to other
major shopping centres, street markets and entertainment areas. The
Arcadia Hotel is easily accessible from all major freeways and only 40
minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport. We are also close
to the Diplomatic Missions and Embassies in Pretoria The Arcadia
Hotel offers a variety of food and beverage choices. The 'eMonate' restaurant
serves a full English Breakfast buffet daily. For lunch and dinner, a la
carte options and Pub lunch options are available.
Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue, PRETORIA
Boutique Hotel is a place that for years has remained a secret amongst
those in the know, a retreat from the hustle and bustle, a place where
old world values still mean something, a place that treats you like a guest,
and not a number. Your needs are our concern, your dreams - our challenge.
From our Restaurant menu to our Wine list the effort that has been put
in to create something special, something unique. The personalised service,
attention to detail, from 2 guests to 120. We will make you feel special.
Lombardy Restaurant is renowned for its sophistication, outstanding service
and quality. Enjoy breakfast as fresh as the morning sunshine and lunch
that will carry you away to the Italian countryside. Wine and dine in the
evening with Vittorio Alfieri in our cozy library under candle light.
Hotel Capital, PRETORIA
Protea Hotel Capital has 99 superior en-suite rooms furbished to international
standards with mini-bars, individual safes, satellite TV and 12 music stations.
Facilities include a theme pub, lounge and distinctive dining room overlooking
a landscaped garden with 12m swimming pool and secure parking. The
Protea Hotel Capital is affilitated to the local health Club and offers
free transport for GUESTS to and from golf courses, shopping centres, theatres
and restaurants within the Pretoria area. Centrally situated in Van
Der Walt Street next to the Burgers Park, within easy access to all major
highways and roads. 45kms from Johannesburg International Airport.
Tasty meals are served in the restaurant and theme pub. Safe, secure parking
is available 24 hours a day. For the energetic, we offer a large swimming
Hotel Centurion, PRETORIA
4–Star Protea Hotel Centurion is located on the safe and tranquil Centurion
Waterfront, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Hotel is situated
adjacent to the Centurion Mall shopping complex with its variety of restaurants,
bars, boutiques, cinemas and banks. This elegant yet affordable 4–Star
Hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, complimented by an
outdoor pool and lake deck overlooking the Centurion Lake, ideal for sundowners.
The Hotel was built in 1998 and has 151 en–suite rooms. The Hotel also
offers a fully equipped day–conference centre and secure parking.
Located on the water's edge is Protea Hotel Centurion's a la carte restaurant,
Emanzini, with its contemporary African atmosphere. The trendy bar and
lounge area is the ideal place to come and enjoy a drink after a hard days
work and the smoking lounge can be booked for private functions.
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