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Anyone have any day trip suggestions for Pretoria

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Anyone have any day trip suggestions for Pretoria

We're in Pretoria for 2 days this coming June for the British Lions test match.

We're looking for ideas of what we can do on Friday afternoon,any tours/trips we can go on?

Just to keep us off the beer during the afternoon really!!!!

Any thoughts folks??

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1. Re: Anyone have any day trip suggestions for Pretoria

depends on what you like doing, already you mentioned not the beer thing. So, gambling, cultural experience, wildlife, adventure or strippers. Let me know and we'll see waht I can come up with.

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So if I understand correctly you have about 2-3hours to kill. IF you have more time, there is alot to see around pta like the De wildt cheetah centre, the lion park in krugerdorp ,the sterkfontein caves but its all aroung 45min drive. Otherwise go and have a look at the union buildings, unless you are into museums?

www.pretoriahappenings.co.za/things_to_do.htm

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If you don't know the city the safest is an organised tour / taxi (public transport very limited)

For half day tours check out:

bigsixtoursafaris.com/halfdaytours.html#t3b

(could be nice to go to the famous township SOWETO JHB with an organised tour - 1hour away)

In Pretoria

RIXI TAXIS are safe and can be pre-booked. http://www.infotaxi.org/company-4645.htm

If you want to visit an art museum see:

http://www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/

But this is an hour trip tops (very small museum...)

The zoo might be nice if you're into animals. Or the botanical gardens. So is the Sammy Mark Museum (not very big, but nice to get out of town)

If you're into shopping the Menlyn Park shopping mall is a nice option. You can catch a movie here too. Great restaurants. http://www.menlynpark.co.za/

If you're into casinos: Caesars Palace or Montecasino (both 45 min drive)

http://montecasino.tsogosun.co.za/

Other sight see spots:

AFRICAN WINDOW

This is the National Cultural History Museum's newest centre for exhibitions and living culture

Appreciation for culture and traditions is promoted through community involvement, educational activities and public programmes comprising song, dance and much more

A coffee shop (reservations for traditional meals) and a traditional craft shop/conference facilities/guided tours/archaeology programme/bookings for traditional meals

Tel: 012 324 6082

Fax: 012 328 5173

Address: Visagie Street, Between Bosman and Central Streets, Pretoria Central

AIR FORCE MUSEUM

The Air Force Museum depicts the history of the South African Air Force.

This museum houses a collection of old aircrafts, uniforms, missiles, aeronautical displays and paintings.

Flying days are held periodically.

Tel: 012 351 2911/2153/2111

Address: Route 101 (Old Johannesburg Road) Zwartkop Air Force Base, Old Johannesburg Road, Valhalla

CHURCH SQUARE

The Palace of Justice forms part of the Northern Façade of Church Square. Dating from the end of the 19th century, it was designed in the typical Italian Renaissance style, by Dutch architect Sytze Wierda. It is the headquarters of the Gauteng Provincial Division of the Supreme Court.

The sculptor Anton van Wouw's statue of Paul Kruger occupies the centre stage on Church Square. While the bronze figures of Kruger and the sentries were cast in Italy at the turn of the century, it was only in1954 that they were installed in their rightful place.

The Ou Raadsaal (Old Government Building) on the southern side of the square as designed by Dutch architect Sytze Wierda and erected by JJ Kirkness, a Scotsman from the Orkney Isles in 1887.

Parades are held at the square on Wednesdays. Call 082 895 1139 for details.

Address: Crossing Church and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria

FORT WEST

Fort West Village, a 389ha property with more than 250 historic buildings, is situated 10km west of Church Square, halfway to Hartbeespoort Dam.

It was founded as a self-sustained village in 1880 and was previously known as Fort West Institute. It was set up by an act of Parliament to house lepers.

The property includes the largest Gauteng fort, built by the French firm Schneider of Le Creusot (of Long Tom cannon fame) for the Anglo Boer War.

The area has been set out for "urban village" residential development in 2003

Tel 083 360 2999

FREEDOM PARK

Freedom Park is being built to commemorate the country's political history and to celebrate its cultural and natural heritage.

The 35-hectare site will, once completed, comprise a museum and Garden of Remembrance, with statues and sculptures to honour ordinary South Africans who contributed to the country's development.

The site is seen as a tribute to the truth and reconciliation process.

Tel 012 361 0021

Address: Entrance off Potgieter Street. Across Pretoria Central Prison, Salvokop

GEOSCIENCE MUSEUM

The museum is housed in the Transvaal Museum building and displays a fascinating collection of precious and semi-precious stones.

Tel: 012 322 7122

Address: Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria Central

JAN CILLIERS PARK

Indigenous park with water features and views of the city

Also known as Protea Park

Tel: 012 358 0524/0257

Address: Cnr Wenning & Broderick Streets, Groenkloof

KRUGER HOUSE MUSEUM

This museum exhibits the possessions of President and Mrs Kruger during their years of residence in the Kruger House (1884-1901).

Tributes presented to the president and the Boers during the Anglo Boer War, are also displayed here.

Tel: 012 326 9172

Address: 60 Church Street west, Pretoria Central

NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Sister garden to the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town

Showcases many southern African plants in all their seasonal guises

Guided walks by arrangement

Tel: 012 843 5000

Address: 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria

NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

The finest zoo in South Africa and one of the best in the world

The Pretoria Zoo is an 80-hectare oasis nestled in the heart of Pretoria's city centre.

It houses 97 mammal species, 161 bird species, 279 fish species, 106 reptile species and seven amphibian species.

At least 4 300 animals call the Pretoria Zoo home.

Tel: 012 328 3265 Address: Boom Street, City Centre

PIONEER MUSEUM

The house at the Pioneer Museum is a T-shaped dwelling with a thatched roof, dung smeared floor and pioneer furniture dating from 1848.

The outside oven and outbuildings can also be viewed.

A tanning pit, wagon shed, water furrow, threshing floor, water mill, animals, and duck-pond can be seen.

Guided tours and demonstration must be booked in advance

Picnic and braai facilities available

Tel: 012 803 6086/7

Address: Pretoria Road, Silverton

SAMMY MARKS MUSEUM

The splendid Victorian mansion, which dates from 1884, was once the residence of the magnate Sammy Marks

He made a significance contribution to the industrial, mining and agricultural development of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.

Tel: 012 802 1150

Restaurant: 012 802 1485

Address: Route 104,Old Bronkhorstspruit Road (Off N4 highway, take Hans Strijdom off-ramp and follow the signs).

SMUTS HOUSE MUSEUM

The many aspects of the life of Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950) - statesman, lawyer, botanist, philosopher, farmer and family man - can be seen in this wood and iron house in the country environment of the Field Marshall's farm, Doornkloof.

Tel: 012 667 1176

Address: Nelmapius Road (M31), Irene

TRANSVAAL MUSEUM

The natural science museum houses the finest selection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects as well as remarkable display of fossils, pre-historic man and geological and archaeological material. Tel: 012 322 7632

Address: Paul Kruger Street South, Pretoria Central

UNION BUILDINGS

The Union Buildings are the administrative headquarters of the government and stand majestically on Meintjieskop, overlooking Pretoria.

At the time it was built, it was the largest building project in South Africa.

In 1901 the foundation was laid and on November 26 of the same year the cornerstone was laid.

The massive building was completed in November 1913, at a cost of 1 180,000 pounds.

On the grounds are the Delvillle Wood War Memorials, a tribute to South African troops who died during the First World War, and statues of South Africa's Prime Minister's: General Louis Botha (on horseback), JBM Hertzhorg and JC Smuts.

The Union Buildings are surrounded on all sides by beautiful gardens.

Tel: 012 300 5200

Address: Church Street, City Centre

VOORTREKKER MONUMENT AND MUSEUM

The Voortrekker Monument was erected to commemorate the centenary of the Great Trek when Dutch and German pioneers from the Cape of Good Hope travelled by ox-wagon to the northern parts of South Africa.

A series of maps at the museum charts the most important migratory patterns in the history of Southern Africa. The focus is on the lifestyles of the Voortrekkers, as well as life after the Great Trek (1835-1852).

Fort Schanskop can also be seen from the Voortrekker Monument

Tel: 012 323 6770 - Monument

Tel: 012 323 0682 - Museum

Tel: 012 71-5560 - Fort Schanskop

Address: Eeufees Road (M7)

WILLEM PRINSLOO AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

This museum has as its theme the development of agriculture in the Transvaal. It features an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles, farming equipment and examples of implements used on a farm.

Tel: 012 734 4171

Address: Route 104, Old Bronkhorstspruit Road

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