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Pretoria & Surrounding Accommodation

Affectionately known as "The Jacaranda City"

Pretoria was founded in 1855 and named after Andries Pretorius, a Voortrekker leader. The city was the Capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek from 1860 until 1910, administrative capital of the Union of South Africa from 1910 until 1961, and of the Republic of South Africa from 1961. Pretoria is situated in the transitional area between the Highveld and the Bushveld, approximately 50 km north of Johannesburg. It lies in a warm, well-sheltered, fertile valley, surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range.

Pretoria is one of South Africa's leading academic cities, and it is home to both the University of Pretoria and to UNISA, the University of South Africa. Overlooking the whole of the city from a hilltop are the magnificent Union Buildings, built in golden stone with Italian tiled roofs. Avenues of purple flowering jacaranda trees are wide enough to turn a team of oxen, this is why Pretoria is known as the Jacaranda city. Pretoria is an important industrial centre, with heavy industries including iron and steel casting as well as automobile, railroad and machinery manufacture.

The city has a number of scientific institutes and an abundance of open spaces with parks, bird sanctuaries, nature reserves and a zoo.
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The Voortrekker Monument is 40 metres high, with a base of 40 metres by 40 metres. The design is influenced by European monuments such as the Dôme des Invalides in France and the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Germany
Jacarandas for miles! View over Pretoria with the Union Buildings in the distance. Taken from Fort Klapperkop, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Pretoria has four forts built by the government of the South African Republic just before the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902). Fort Schanskop is one of three German designed forts. Built in 1897 at a cost of GBP £47,500
Fort Klapperkop, built at a cost of GBP £50,000, was handed over to the Government on 18 January 1898. The design incorporated a drawbridge and a moat (never filled with water). It is said: "Never a shot in anger was fired from this fort."
The view from Fort Klapperkop, Groenkloof. On 31 May 1979 the South African Defence Force Memorial was unveiled at Fort Klapperkop. The statue - a soldier holding a R1 rifle, in memory of all who lost their lives serving their country
Replica of a 155 mm Creusot "Long Tom" canon at Fort Klapperkop outside Pretoria. The original was manufactured by Schneider et Cie in Le Creusot, France and used by the Boers in the Second Boer War (1899 - 1902) as field guns
The Broad-leaved coral tree (Erythrina latissima) is a deciduous tree from southern Africa growing 5 to 8 m tall. The fruit is a cylindrical articulated pod, bearing orange to red seeds with a black spot. It is a common sight in the suburbs
View over the suburb Faerie Glen from the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Pretoria.
Die Wilgers, a leafy suburb of Pretoria
Interesting design - Dutch Reformed Church in Groenkloof, Pretoria
Libertas Ave in Equestria, a suburb of Pretoria
View of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, home to some 150 bird species. The reserve has three trails, namely the Hadeda route (2,3 km), the Acacia route (3,2 km) and the Kiepersol/Cussonia route (4,2 km). Dogs are allowed only if kept on a leash
A view eastwards over Groenkloof Nature Reserve near Pretoria, as seen from the yellow trail. Klapperkop Nature Reserve is on the horizon
Giraffe in the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, located adjacent to the Fountains Valley at the southern entrance to Pretoria, was the first game sanctuary in Africa. Proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895
Burchell's zebras along the yellow trail in Groenkloof Nature Reserve. The reserve of 600 ha is managed by the Department of Nature Conservation and is open to day visitors from 5:30 to 19:00 in summer, and 7:00 to 18:00 in winter
Obelisk on Smuts Koppie in Irene, where the ashes of Jan Smuts and family were strewn. Jan Smuts: Boer Commander, Second Prime Minister of Union of South Africa, British Imperial War Cabinet member, Field Marshal British Army, and only man to sign both peace treaties ending the First and Second World Wars
The Smuts House Museum illustrates the life-style and multi-faceted career of one of South Africa’s most prominent historical figures. Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950)
Grootkerk, Bosman Street, Pretoria. The corner stone of this building, which was designed in the style of the Dutch Renaissance, was laid by General Louis Botha on 11 May 1903 and the church was inaugurated on 30 September 1904
Lynnwood Glen, a suburb in Pretoria, as seen from a hill in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve. The sports fields of St. Alban's College is visible in the photo and Menlyn Park Shopping Center can be seen in the background
Designed by the Dutch architect, Willem de Zwaan the building was opened on 2 December 1897. The ground floor was used by the Nedelandsche Bank en Crediet Vereeniging. Current use: Tourism Information
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The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, colloquially the Transvaal Museum, is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria. It was founded as the Staatsmuseum (Afrikaans for "State Museum") of the ZAR on 1 December 1892
Burgers Park is a park located in the center of Pretoria. Founded in the 1870s as a botanical garden, it covers four acres and has been declared a South African National Monument
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden is one of South Africa's nine National Botanical Gardens and is located between Pretoria Rd and Cussonia Ave in Brummeria, eastern Pretoria. The 76 hectares (0.76 km2) garden was established in 1946
Typical entrance to a "gated community". This particular one is the entrance to Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Pretoria
View on Wonderboom suburb and Wonderboom Airport, northern Pretoria. The suburbs of Annlin and Sinoville are also visible
Melrose House built in 1886 is a stately mansion and museum located on Burgers Park in Pretoria. The Treaty of Vereeniging, which ended the Second Boer war (1899 - 1902) was signed there on 31 May 1902
Looking out over a dam at the Pretoria Country Club towards Waterkloof Village in Waterkloof, Pretoria
Jacaranda Time in Waterkloof, a leafy suburb of Pretoria
View on Pretoria CBD, as seen from Fort Wonderboompoort, Wonderboom, Pretoria
Former duty rooms and living quarters of Fort Wonderboompoort in the current Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Pretoria. One of three German designed forts that were the most modern structures of their time and modern mediums of communication, such as telephones, were used to equip the telegraph room
The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African Government. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908, building began in 1909 and was completed in 1913
Pretoria City Hall is a large building in Pretoria city centre, which was built in 1931 and inaugurated in 1935 in order to celebrate the city-status of Pretoria obtained in 1931
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