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From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

1. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

Pretoria city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is known as the "Jacaranda City”, mainly for its jacaranda-lined avenues and fascinated architecture. Whilst here you can visit historical monuments such as the Paul Kruger house which was built in 1884. Paul Kruger was the leading man in the Transvaal War against Britain between 1889-1891. Paul Kruger was then elected the President of the Zui-Afrikaansche Republiek and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument is situated in Pretoria in a nature reserve, it is a Monument that commemorates the history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaners, not forgetting the Union Buildings which house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. Union Building is not situated in the center of Pretoria, but is situated rather in the highest point of Pretoria and is a South African national heritage site.

Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

2. Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

On this half day tour, you will learn about the fascinating history of South Africa during a Pretoria city experience. Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and full of historic sites like the Union Buildings, headquarters of the government. The buildings are beautifully situated in terraced gardens, through which you can enjoy an idyllic walk. Enjoy a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, a monument of great significance to many Afrikaans-speaking South Africans because it stands for Afrikaner Nationalism. The interior walls depict the story of the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next, you can visit the Paul Kruger House Museum where you can learn more about this fascinating man and his life. The house displays furniture and personal items of the Kruger family. Pretoria has character in its buildings and during this city architecture tour, you will be given ample opportunity to ask your guide about the history behind the buildings and culture. Visit Church Square, the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice and Capital Theatre.

Pretoria: Pretoria City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

3. Pretoria: Pretoria City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

pickup at 8:00 am Pretoria tour with 4 main highlight 9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument. a monument with a the granite structure is located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Vootrekkers who left Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. 10:00 am Kruger house. the historical president house of the Boer leader and president of south African Republic, Paul kruger. 10:45 am Church Square. Originally Market square, is the the square at the historic centre of the city of Pretoria. statues of four anonymous Boer citizen-soldiers surround that of kruger on a lower level of the plinth. 11:15 am union building. the imposing buildings at the north of Arcadia, close to Church square it can be seen form the Voortrekker monument. it used as the presidential house and office. lunch (optional) 40 minutes drive to Cullinan mine. 2:00 tour in Cullinan. Cullinan is small town in the Gauteng province. it is located 30 km east of Pretoria along the diamond route . the Cullinan diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.16 carats(621.35 g) discovered at the Premier No.2 mine in Cullinan at 26 January 1905. 4:00 trop off to the pick up point

Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

4. Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument 10:00 am passing by Kruger House 10:45 am Church Square 11:00 am passing through the CBD 11:30 am Union Building 12:45 pm Apartheid Museum 2:00 pm Soweto visiting the world cup stadium, the biggest hospital in Africa, Soweto towers, Vilakazi Street (Tutu and Mandela's Street), Mandela's house, and Hector Pieterson Square, optional visit of the poorest place of Soweto.

From South Africa, Johannesburg: Pretoria City Half Day Tour

5. From South Africa, Johannesburg: Pretoria City Half Day Tour

Pretoria offers a captivating experience for visitors. As you explore this dynamic city, you'll encounter a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition. Marvel at the iconic Union Buildings, where the country's government resides, and take in the panoramic views of the city from their magnificent gardens. Discover the fascinating history at the Voortrekker Monument, commemorating the pioneering spirit of the Afrikaans people. Dive into the city's cultural tapestry at the vibrant Church Square, with its impressive statues and historical landmarks. Pretoria is also home to numerous museums, art galleries, and botanical gardens, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in its diverse heritage. Indulge in the city's bustling markets, taste the flavors of local cuisine, and experience the warmth of its people. With its delightful blend of history, culture, and modernity, Pretoria promises an enriching and unforgettable journey.

Pretoria City Tour

6. Pretoria City Tour

In search of their own independency, finally the Dutch managed to establish this town back in 1854. Martinus Wessels Pretoria, the influencer in this success, named Pretoria after his father Andries Pretorius. Pretoria became the capital city in 1866 and still a capital city even today. Our expert tourist guide goes far beyond 1854 telling from his wealth experience about the city. The central point of Pretoria is Church Square surrounded by beautiful buildings developed during Paul Kruger presidency. No Church to be seen today as it is replaced by a massive statue of Paul Kruger in his beloved formal or official attires. The package covers hotel pick up and drop off, entrance at - Voortrekker monument - Paul Kruger House Highlights and stops in - Church Square - Union Buildings - Melrose House - Burgers Park - Railway station - Pretoria City Hall - Victoria Hotel - Apies River - Embassy section & - Official residence to our President and his deputy.

Pretoria half day tour

7. Pretoria half day tour

Visiting Pretoria 4 hours Pretoria is named after the Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, and South Africans sometimes call it the "Jacaranda City, because of the thousands of jacaranda trees planted along its streets and in its parks and gardens. Starting by the 1.Voortrekkers Monument: is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. The granite structure is located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. It was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk. 2.Kruger house: is the historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Milk was used, instead of water, for mixing the cement from which the house was constructed, as the cement available was of poor quality.The house was also one of the first in Pretoria to be lit by electricity. The house contains either the original furnishings or items from the same historical period, some of the many gifts that were presented to Kruger as well as other memorabilia. 3.Church Square: originally Market Square is the square at the historic centre of the city of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The founder of Pretoria, Marthinus Pretorius, determined that the square be used as a market place and church yard. It was subsequently named for the church buildings that stood at the centre of the square from 1856 to 1905. The square's most prominent feature, since June 1954, is the statue of the late Boer leader and president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, at its centre.Statues of four anonymous Boer citizen-soldiers surround that of Kruger on a lower level of the plinth. 4. Passing the city center or CBD 5.Union building: 7the official seat of the South African Government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located in Pretoria, atop Meintjeskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square. the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African national heritage site.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

8. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

Discover Pretoria on a half-day tour of the city. Visit the most significant historical monuments and learn the history behind the city that was once the capital of the South African Republic and today serves as the official seat of the South African Government. Start your private tour with a convenient hotel pickup and head to your first stop on your sightseeing tour of Pretoria, the Voortrekker Monument. Delve into the history of South Africa's pioneers and learn about the principal event in the Afrikaners' history, the Great Trek. View the sculptures that portray the long journey the Dutch-speaking settlers embarked on when they left the Cape Colony to migrate to the interior of the country in 1835. The next stop on your tour is the Kruger Museum. Travel back in time as you explore the original home of Paul Kruger, President of the former Transvaal Boer Republic. See the exhibitions that illustrate his struggle for freedom from British Imperialism, his journey to Europe, and his exile. Head to Church Square for your next stop. Learn about the history and significance of this location and its surrounding buildings, including the Palace of Justice. End your tour on a high note with a stop at the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African Government. These buildings also house the offices of the President of South Africa. 

Pretoria Soweto And Johannesburg

9. Pretoria Soweto And Johannesburg

Sites and suburbs to be viewed and visited - Voortrekker Monument - Union Buildings - City drive - embassy's - Church Square - Melrose house or Paul Kruger House Museum - Suburbs of Johannesburg - Hillbrow - Downtown Johannesburg - Upmarket suburbs in Soweto - Matchbox houses - Hostels - General African urban life - Taxi culture - Baragwanath taxi - Drive past Bishop Desmond Tutu's house - Sites of the 1976 Uprisings - Vilakazi Street (Visit the Mandela House Museum) - Hector Peterson Museum and Memorial

6 Days Johannesburg and Kruger National Park Tour

10. 6 Days Johannesburg and Kruger National Park Tour

Day 1- O.R Tambo International Airport Start your 6 Days Johannesburg History and Kruger National Park Tour. A shuttle driver will be waiting for you at the O.R Tambo International Airport ready to welcome you. You will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel, as you get prepared for your next 6 Days of history and wildlife in Sunny Africa. Day 2 You will start your History and Culture tour with Pretoria, Soweto, and Apartheid Museum day tour. In Pretoria, you will visit the Voortrekker Monument where the history of the Afrikaaners lies and get inspired by the history of the great trek and learn more where Pretoria gets it name from. You will also get to visit Paul Kruger house Museum where he resided while he was the president of South Africa. Church Square will be your third stop where you will learn the history of these famous places and who discovered it. Your final stop on Pretoria City tour will be the Union buildings which house the President of South Africa before heading to Apartheid Museum on the outskirts of Johannesburg In Soweto, you will visit the Nelson Mandela House, Vilakazi Street and Hector Pieterson Museum before finishing your day tour and heading back to Radisson Blu 4-Star hotel. Day 3 Get picked from your hotel and head to the Cradle of Humankind and Lesedi Cultural Village Tour. You will depart the hotel at 8.00 am and head to Sterkfontein Caves. You will spend about 2 hours at Sterkfontein Caves before heading to Lesedi Cultural Village where you will do a 2 hours Cultural Village tour and learn the different tribes in South Africa and their deep traditional beliefs which are practised up to know. Then head to Maropeng Visitor Centre which forms the second Phase of the Cradle of Humankind tour an learn about the fossils and get a lot of history on the discovery of fossils in the Cradle of Humankind area. Later we will head back to Radisson Blu 4-Star hotel Day 4- Hazy View – Kruger National Park Safari Forth day takes you to the BIG 5 Sanctuary of Kruger National Park. With expected departure from hotel at 7.00 am, you will take a road trip to Mpumalanga province and check-in at Protea Hotel in Hazyview Kruger National Park afternoon safari will last 4 hours before heading back to Protea Hotel Day 5 Depart from Protea hotel at 5am and start Kruger National Park Day Safari around 6.00 am and embark on finding the BIG 5 wildlife immediately. The 8 hours adventure will end around 4:30 pm then you will head back to Protea Hotel in Hazyview and prepare for the next day departure. Day 6 Day 6 is when the tour comes to an end with a schedule departure from Hazy View at around 10.00 am You will head back to Johannesburg by road and get dropped off at O.R Tambo International Airport.

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What people are saying about Church Square, Pretoria

it was a fantastic advanture, the tour was informative, interesting, our guide had huge knowledge. we also had the chance to jump into the local communities. all in all we loved every moment.

very nice visit very good guides, thanks to Charonne and a big thank you to our French-speaking guide Yves Albert for his translations and his additional explanations

My Tour Guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful in every way. Thank you for a most wonderful Tour.

A very nice und good Guide with a excellent English (we are so happy, then we have a vacation English)

Overall, the tour was great. The guide was outstanding. Really enjoyed.