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  • Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

    1. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

    After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. You’ll also make a stop at Cub World, where you can cuddle baby lions. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, w...

    Fantastic day with the balance between the historical sites of Pretoria & the amazing animals at the lion park. My guide Thabang from MoAfrika Tours was exceptional and imparted his knowledge of Pretoria & South Africa. Well organised. Pick up & drop off to motel in Pretoria. Comfortable vehicle with wifi.

  • Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

    2. Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

    After being picked up from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg or Pretoria, listen to a quick pre-departure tour briefing from your guide before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto, pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. Next, set off for the neighborhood of Orlando West and visit Vilakazi Street. Drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Take the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on the 16th June 1976. On that tragic day, an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. Then, pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Afri...

    The tour was well organised. Worth a half day trip. You get a local tour guide to walk a bit inside Soweto which is a great expensive and gives you a chance to interact with the locals. There was no WiFi on the minivan as indicated but that gave us a chance to concentrate on the guide and appreciate the stops uninterrupted. We covered all the historic stops and took time to take them in.

  • Cullinan Diamond Mine & Pretoria Full Day Tour

    3. Cullinan Diamond Mine & Pretoria Full Day Tour

    Get a glimpse into a fascinating part of South Africa's history with a visit to the famous Cullinan diamond mines, operated for many years by the De Beers mining company. Take a trip to the mine which is situated 40km east of Pretoria in a town called Cullinan. The tour covers the history of the mine and geological processes that are responsible for the creation of diamonds. Learn about the discovery of the administrative capital known for it's Jacaranda-lined avenues, fascinating architecture and historical monuments such as Paul Kruger House, built in 1884.  Visit the Voortrekker Monument situated in Pretoria in a nature reserve - a monument that commemorates the history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaaners. Whilst here also take a peek at the Union buildings with an experienced guide who will explain their history and function. 

    We had a wonderful driver and guide, Alain who was very informative and drove us about in great style. A tour to be recommended

  • Johannesburg: In Mandela's Footsteps Full-Day Tour

    4. Johannesburg: In Mandela's Footsteps Full-Day Tour

    Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a militant, anti-apartheid activist. Hear about how he was forced to serve 27 years in prison before becoming the first South African president to be elected in a full-representative democratic election. Visit Lielslief Farm, a popular heritage site honoring the South African liberation movement. The history of Liliesleaf Farm stretches back to 1961, to when it served as a nerve center for the liberation movement and was used by Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, as a place to hideout from the state police and plan the overthrow of the apartheid government. Pass by the Chancellor House, where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ran the first black legal practice in the country from a modest three-story building during the 1950s at the height of apartheid. The major effort of their practice was to help those accused of crimes against ...

  • Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

    5. 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 ...

    Emma island an amazing person, she explained and informed us about the whole tour

  • From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

    6. 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 nati...

    This tour is very informative with many insightful aspects of South African history. Our tour guide, Pascal, was not only very knowledgeable, he was also astute in his understanding of this country’s diversity, racial dynamics and the political sphere. As bilingual (English/French) speakers from Haiti, we appreciated our tour guide’s command of both languages. This allowed for further insights into the dynamics of this fascinating country. I would highly recommend this tour, and Pascal as a guide, to any future visitor.

  • Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

    7. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

    Discover the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, an established tourist destination in Johannesburg. Located in the northwest of Johannesburg, the park has some of the world's greatest species of wildlife. Join a small guided group tour perfect for families, friends, and adventure-seekers alike and spend 2 hours exploring the reserve. Get a chance to see the white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, and other species that roam freely in the park. Come and say hello to the exotic animal species in their naturally enclosed habitats. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, and others. With the help of your guide, search for scenic locations for the most incredible views of the reserve. Stopover for dinner at the Carnivore restaurant, the gastronomic destination of choice for tourists. Enjoy a selection of succulent, charcoal-grilled meats...

  • From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

    8. From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

    Day 1: Johannesburg

    Your South African sightseeing tour begins in Johannesburg at the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel. From here, travel to Pretoria to visit the Voortrekker Monument where you'll learn about the history of the Afrikaners and the Great Trek.

    Drive through the beautiful city of Pretoria and pass by Church Square before heading to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African Government, for a photoshoot. See the iconic Nelson Mandela statue while here.

    Next stop, Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela House before wrapping up your first day with a visit to the Apartheid Museum.

     

    Day 2: Johannesburg

    Depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel and head to the Cradle of Humankind. Located about 50 kilometers from Johannesburg, the...

  • From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

    9. 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 T...

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What people are saying about Pretoria

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

excellent guide spoke English very well enough to understand even me who knows him little showed us everything and on the way from Johannesburg to Pretoria he showed us all the interesting things we saw along the way, a very comfortable car he was really kind, and the service was fabulous every now and then a confirmation text arrived with the minutes that were missing I recommend this trip to everyone is cheap and worth a lot

The tour was well organised. Worth a half day trip. You get a local tour guide to walk a bit inside Soweto which is a great expensive and gives you a chance to interact with the locals. There was no WiFi on the minivan as indicated but that gave us a chance to concentrate on the guide and appreciate the stops uninterrupted. We covered all the historic stops and took time to take them in.

Fantastic day with the balance between the historical sites of Pretoria & the amazing animals at the lion park. My guide Thabang from MoAfrika Tours was exceptional and imparted his knowledge of Pretoria & South Africa. Well organised. Pick up & drop off to motel in Pretoria. Comfortable vehicle with wifi.

Was eye opening and very informative. The guide was friendly and accommodating.

Lions and Cheetahs up close. Very knowledgeable guide.