10 Minutes away by car. The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting.
The Monument was inaugurated in 1949. It was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. In the Hall of Heroes is the world’s longest historical marble frieze. A tapestry with more than three million stitches is housed in the Cenotaph Hall.
Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country. It is also the only Grade 1 national Heritage Site in Pretoria.
Entrance to the Union Buildings itself is prohibited for security reasons, since it is the site of the Presidential Offices. However, the beautiful terraced gardens, which boast a wide variety of indigenous plants, are open to the public and provide a truly amazing view over the city.
It was in these gardens that former president, Nelson Mandela’s inauguration ceremony was held on May 10, 1994.
The gardens of the Union Buildings also house numerous statues and memorials, including statues of former presidents and a war memorial. The gardens are also the site of numerous celebrations arranged on an annual basis to coincide with national holidays.
Pretoria National Botanical Gardens a 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa`s administrative capital, Pretoria and just 15 minutes away from us.
Fort Klapperkop Heritage site. Well worth a visit and only 10 minutes away. The fort had unique features – it was built with a moat around it and a drawbridge, but the moat was never filled with water. The fort was supplied with running water from a pump station that it shared with Fort Schanskop and electricity was generated by a paraffin engine.
On 11 October 1899 war broke out between Great Britain, the South African Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free State. Johannesburg encountered very little military action during this South African War, also called the Second Boer War or Anglo-Boer War, but Pretoria was surrendered to the British.
Fort Klapperkop was manned by a maximum of 30 troops, but by 1899, only 16 soldiers remained as the war drew men out into active service.