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Pretoria: Private City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

1. Pretoria: Private 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

Pretoria: Cullinan Surface Diamond Mine Walking Tour

2. Pretoria: Cullinan Surface Diamond Mine Walking Tour

Explore the Cullinan Diamond Mine on a guided surface tour and discover the source of large, high-quality gem diamonds, including Type II stones, as well as being the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds. Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3,106 carats, which was cut to form the two most important diamonds in the British Crown Jewels. Many of the world’s most famous diamonds herald from Cullinan, and it continues to produce world-class diamonds under Petra’s stewardship. The Cullinan orebody contains a major diamond resource of 195 Mcts, suggesting a potentially long life for the operation of +50 years. After visiting the mine, you will get the opportunity to visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine market for an unforgettable diamond and jewelry shopping experience.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

3. From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Start your historical day tour ready to know what transpired back in those days and how it has shaped the current dynamic Rainbow nation. Head to Pretoria just over 30 kilometers from Johannesburg making your way to the first stop, the Voortrekker Museum, where you'll get to know the history of the Afrikaaners people of South Africa. Learn more about the monument and why it was built the way it is. From there, you'll drive through the beautiful town of Pretoria, also known as Tswane. Visit the Union Building, which currently houses the president of South Africa and get a splendid view of Pretoria and find a perfect place to take photos. Continue onto Soweto, where you will get to see the 1976 Youth Uprising by visiting the famous Hector Peterson Museum and also visit the house of the South African apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on Vilakazi Street. The Nelson Mandela House has been set up to reflect its original setting from the the time he left prison. Afterwards, head to the Apartheid Museum, where you will get the fine print of what actually transpired during those apartheid days and conclude your tour by passing through Johannesburg as you head back to your hotel.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

4. 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. 

Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

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

9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument 10:00 am 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

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour

6. Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour

The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site and is located about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the site is home to the largest concentration of human ancestral remains anywhere in the world. The site currently occupies 47,000 hectares (180 sq mi)[6] and contains a complex system of limestone caves. The registered name of the site in the list of World Heritage Sites is fossil human hominid sites South africa The Sterkfontein Caves were the site of the discovery of a 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), found in 1947 by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. The find helped corroborate the 1924 discovery of the juvenile Australopithecus africanus skull known as the "Taung Child", by Raymond Dart, at Taung in the North West Province of South Africa, where excavations still continue. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today.

Pretoria Historical Tour - 8 Hours

7. Pretoria Historical Tour - 8 Hours

Our tour commences with a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, the most popular heritage site in Gauteng. It was constructed to honour the history of the Afrikaner pioneers, (the Great Trek) The corner stone of this majestic building was laid after which it was inaugurated. The Monument is situated within a beautiful two hundred and fifty ha nature reserve to the south of the city. Within the Hall of Heroes, the worlds longest historical frieze can be seen which depicts the historical events of the early pioneers. Our second stop is at Fort Schanskop. After the Jameson Raid the government of President Kruger deemed it necessary to create a defense plan for Pretoria to protect the town from possible foreign invasion. The plan of two German engineers , Otto Albert von Dewitz and Heinrich C Werner was excepted. Fort Schanskop was the first of the four forts surrounding Pretoria to be constructed and was completed and handed over to the government. With the outbreak of the Anglo Boer War, both the garrison and the armament were reduced. Pretoria was invaded by the British Army under the command of Lord Roberts and the forts were taken over by the British. Our tour takes us to Pretoria city where we visit Melrose house, the beautiful Victorian mansion which belonged to George Hays. The house was designed by W T Vale, and construction and took one year to complete. After the annexation of Pretoria, the house became the Headquarters of the British Army. Both Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener would use the house as their residence. The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed in the Dining Room of the house bringing an end to the Anglo Boer War. The Kruger House was the official residence of President Paul Kruger. The house was built by Charles Clark in the eighteen hundreds. Due to the poor quality of cement at the time, milk was used to mix the mortar during the construction. Before the British occupation of Pretoria, President Paul Kruger left the capital by train for Lourenco Marques to sail for Europe to raise support for the Boer cause. President Kruger eventually went into exile in Switzerland From the Kruger House, we drive to Church Square. Here I will explain the history of Church Square and the history surrounding each of the buildings. The Paul Kruger statue situated n the centre of the square, depicts President Paul Kruger, the President of the South African Republic. The statue is surrounded by four unnamed Boer soldiers. This statue was sculpted by Anton van Wouw and was placed in its current position. The Union Buildings is the official seat of the South African government and the office of the State President of South Africa. Built from light sandstone, it was originally designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Altogether, a one thousand two hundred and sixty five artisans, workmen and labourers were assigned to the work which took almost three years to complete.

Johannesberg and apartheid museum

8. Johannesberg and apartheid museum

Pick up at the hotel Introducing each other giving the over view of tours. 9:00 we start exploring Johannesburg by constitutional hill and old fort at hillbro Passing by Mandela's bridge 10:45 Stopping at Mandela and Tambo office at chancellor house. Passing by Gandhi's square 12:00 stopping at the ferierra old mine as our last stop that experience we take us more in the post apartheid time and during apartheid. 12:30 pm apartheid museum for 2 hours 2:30 pm back to the logde.

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What people are saying about Pretoria

The tour was excellent! Our guide shared tonnes off interesting facts, whilst providing local insights only an inhabitant of Cullinan would know. Great value for money! Highly recommend this tour!

What an awesome experience. Our tour guide Rorisang was so professional, friendly and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Would definitely recommend this to others

A complete tour

Excellent the guide that touched us, with enough knowledge about the story, very cheerful. A complete tours for those who have few days in the city.

Very good the ride

It is very worth knowing the history of South Africa through this tour that takes you to amazing places.

Wonderful experience, we enjoyed it alot. Our guide was very helpful, friendly and informative.