Church Square Pretoria

Price 1 Adult

ZAR 3,790.00

Price 2 Adults

ZAR 4,320.00

Price Per Extra Adult More Than 2

ZAR 1,860.00

Description of Tour.

Pretoria is often called the "Jacaranda City"and indeed this is especially true in late spring when the Jacaranda trees bloom into a sea of purple. It is our capital city and steeped in the history of South Africa. It was founded by the Afrikaans (Boer) settlers, descended from Dutch farmers who arrived in these parts in the "Groot Trek" early in the 19th century from the "Cape" as the capital of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek in an attempt to leave British rule. It was named after one of the settlers or "Voortrekker" leaders Andries Pretorius. Pretoria and the surrounding districts of Centurion, Akasia, Soshanguve, Mamelodi, Mabopane and others have been amalgamated into a greater Metropole referred to as Tshwane after a Sepedi chief who ruled here. There is an ongoing legal dispute about dropping the name Pretoria altogether. This has been resisted mainly by local Afrikaans speaking inhabitants whose descendants named it after one of their leaders Andries Pretorius. Counter to this there are those who feel that the capital of the country should have a name significant to the majority of its inhabitants and not a name with European sounding roots. But Afrikaans, although it is derived from 17th century Dutch, is a distinct African language now and so the argument rumbles on... 

Because it was built as a capital, some planning went into its layout and because of the pleasant rolling hills where it is situated, it is a much more pleasant city in aspect than its brash, overgrown mining town neighbour Johannesburg which was founded 30 years later. The atmosphere is somewhat more sedate and relaxed, as well as having a milder climate due to a slightly lower altitude and so winter days are more comfortable even in a t-shirt or light jacket. There is no shortage of open spaces and small parks, indeed there is a game reserve, with giraffe and various antelope that reaches to within two kilometres or so of the city centre! 

Pretoria is South Africa's administrative capital - The eastern areas of the city houses some of the wealthier suburbs and has a large community of foreign diplomats, giving this part of the city a cosmopolitan and fashionable air.         (Cape Town being the legislative capital where parliament sits)

There are many historic buildings, museums and monuments and there is a great deal to be learned about South Africa's history and many cultures by visiting them, in particular, the Voortrekker Monument which is far more than just a monument. A visit to the Voortrekker Moument explains so much about Boer (Afrikaans) history, their momevemt into the interior of South Africa and showcases the early life of the Afrikaaner during The Great Trek that began in 1835.       It also affords magnificent views of the capital city.

Full-Day Tour Inclusions

Voortrekker Monument, Church Square (drive-by), Union Buildings (magnificent example of British Colonial architectural arrogance), and then any three of the following: (extra entrance fees to be added if any) The Old Raadsaal, Old Transvaal Museum, Freedom Park (Extra ZAR180.00 per person), Mapungubwe Artefacts at the University of Pretoria (Extra ZAR180.00 per person), Premier Diamond Mine (Extra ZAR290.00 per person for the surface tour and ZAR890.00 for underground tour per person),Melrose House, Kruger House Museum, Pretoria Botanical Gardens. (Please let us know if you want to suggest some other attraction/s)

Half-Day Tour (6 hours without lunch): Please contact us for availability and price

General Information

All tours conducted by fully qualified English speaking tour guides in approved vehicles. Other language guides on request at extra charge.

Hotel pick up and drop off  anywhere Pretoria included - Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg or OR Tambo Airport area ZAR280 per person extra. (You can save over ZAR100.00 pp by making use of the Gautrain - Please contact us for further information)

Groups of 4 or larger please contact us for a quotation.

Free Mineral water included at all times.

Please feel free to contact us for any clarification or changes in rates/routes.