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Johannesburg: Pretoria and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

1. Johannesburg: Pretoria and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Johannesburg and set off on your guided tour of Pretoria. Your guide will escort you to some of the city’s highlights in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will begin with a visit to the Union Buildings, the official Seat of the National Government and a South African National Heritage Site. Next, you will visit the Paul Kruger House. Kruger was a resistance leader and key figure in the Transvaal War against the British in 1880-1881. In 1882, at the age of 57, Kruger was elected President of the Transvaal and later took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria. Your next stop is the Voortrekker Monument, situated in a nature reserve in the Pretoria (Tshwane) area. It commemorates the pioneering spirit of Afrikaners, and is one of the most popular heritage sites in South Africa. On your last stop, you will head to the Cullinan Diamond Mine, where you will enjoy a guided surface tour of the mine and have the opportunity to purchase one of these rare and beautiful stones before returning to your accommodation.  

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

2. 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: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

3. 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. 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, which showcases artifacts related to Paul Kruger, the 3rd president of South Africa from 1883-1900. Before the tour ends, you’ll view some of the architectural standouts of the city, like the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice, and Capital Theater. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having seen the urban and rural highlights of a vibrant capital city.

Pretoria: Half-Day City Tour

4. 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.

From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

5. 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.

Pretoria: Pretoria City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Cullinan Diamond Mine & Pretoria Full Day Tour

8. 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. 

Pretoria city tour(Half-day)

9. Pretoria city tour(Half-day)

Pretoria, also known as Tshwane, is the administrative capital of South Africa. It's a beautiful city with a rich history and culture. Here's a glimpse of Pretoria: History and Government: Pretoria has played a significant role in South African history. Founded in 1855, it served as the capital of the Transvaal Republic. Today, it houses the seat of the executive branch of the South African government and all foreign embassies in South Africa. Several important historical sites can be found here, including the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, and the Kruger House Museum. Jacaranda City: Pretoria is famous for its jacaranda trees, which bloom stunning purple flowers in the spring (October and November). The city takes on a magical appearance during this time, earning it the nickname "Jacaranda City".

From South Africa, Johannesburg: Pretoria City Half Day Tour

10. 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.

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What a great day I just had! I really enjoyed that this tour combined a safari with a historical tour, where I learned a lot of things about South Africa. The safari at the Lion Park was a really beautiful and fun experience. The Pretoria city tour was very informative and you see pretty much everything there is to see there. My tour guide, Sipho, was really friendly and a great tour guide! He shared a lot of historical and cultural information with me, so I learned a lot and I enjoyed our conversations (I was alone in the tour, so we talked a lot). Overall, I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants a mix of nature and history. Thank you Sipho!!!

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.

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

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

Ali has a lot of knowledge about the South African history.