Pretoria in South Africa

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Pretoria

Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa and the seat of government administration. It is a modern city built on the wealth of the Cullinan Diamond Mines. The Union Building, overlooking the city are a monument to bygone eras of colonial power, the apartheid years and the freedom struggle. It was on the steps of the Union Buildings that president Nelson Mandela addressed the nation at his inauguration. Pretoria is today renowned for its exquisite gardens, historical building monuments and museums. Pretoria is also the diplomatic capital of South Africa and a major academic and research centre.
  • Aquarium & Reptile Park - One hundred and thirty marine species thrive in its watery, manmade habitats, while the freshwater tanks are home to some 177 species, including several endangered breeds.
  • Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary - The sanctuary was established by the city council in 1955 on the site of a brick factory, and its named after South Africa's most famous ornithologist, Dr Austin Roberts, author of the bird-watcher'sbible, Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa.
  • Goldfields Exploratorium - Where visitors can handle the scientific apparatus and working models which are on display.
  • Kruger Museum - This museum was the home of President Paul Kruger for 17 years and it has not changed much since the days when when he dared to challenged the might of the British Empire.
  • Melrose House - Was the site chosen for the signing of the historic Peace Treaty of Vereeniging, which brought the bloody South African War to an end on 31 May 1902.
  • Museum of Science & Technology - The museum is designed to cater for everyone and includes disciplines as diverse as biology, space travel, nuclear energy, mechanic and holography.
  • National Zoological Gardens - Cinsidered one of the top 10 zoos in the world and the larges in South Africa, housing over 120 mammal species and 200 varieties of birds, and boasting its own aquarium and reptile park.
  • Pretoria Art Museum - Contains work of leading South African artists (Pierneef, Van Wouw, Frans Oerder), part of the Michaelis collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings and an art library.
  • Pretoria National Botanical Garden - Administered bu the Botanical Research Institute, features more than 5000 indigenous plant species in its 77ha.
  • State Theatre - The complex has five auditoria for opera, ballet, drama, symphony, jazz and caberet concerts.
  • Museum of Natural History - An extensive series of displays, most prominent of which are the 'Life's Genesis' exhibition and the Austin Roberts Bird Hall. The former tells an integrated story of life on earth and the latterhouses a suberb array of southern African birds.
  • Union Buildings - Designed by the celebrated architect Herbert Baker and completed in 1913.
  • Voortrekker Monument, Museum & Nature Reserve - Commemorates the Great Trek of the 1830s.The museum houses costumes, antiques, tapestries, models of the Trek scenes and at the entrance a camp.
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve - Around the time of the Crusades, a fig sapling sprang up on theslopes of the Magaliesberg, 10km north of present day Pretoria. Today, nearly a thousand years on, it still flourishes, an ancient giant that was christened 'Wonderboom' (wonderful tree) by Voortrekker Hendrik Potgieter in 1836.
  • Pioneer Museum - This unusual open-air museum recalls the tenacity and resourcefulness of the earliest white settlers in the Pretoria District.
  • Sammy Marks Museum - Zwartkoppies Hall, the imposing tin-roofed mansion built in the veld for far from Pretoria by Victorian industrialist Sammy Marks.
  • Smuts House Museum - The museum displays many interesting mementos, tributes, personal belongings and photographs that illustrate the lifestyle of Jan Christiaan Smuts.
  • South African Air Force Museum - It's the largest military aviation museum in South Africa, its hangers housing an impressive array of splendid historic aircraft, Air Force memorabilia, uniforms, medals, logbooks, documents and photographs.
  • Tswaing Crater Museum - The Tswana name Tswaing means 'place of salt'. It is one of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world.
  • Correctional Service Museum - A fascinating display of forged prison keys, illegally made objects, tattooing machines and homemade weapons.
  • Geology Survey Museum - Houses a fascinating display of various precious and semi-precious stones.