Live Commentary in English.
Total price is $315.55, taxes included
It only takes 2 minutes
Pretoria belongs to the municipality of Tshwane, north of Johannesburg. It was named after Andries Pretorius who was declared a hero after defeating the Zulus during the Great Trek from Cape Town.
We head off from your pick up to Pretoria, the capital of our country and rich in history. We start off at Voortrekker Monument. It is the biggest monument in Africa at a height of 40 meters. It is made of granite and built on top of a hill. It was built to honor those who left the Cape Colony under British control in search of their own independence, these people became known as the Voortrekkers. This was between 1835 and 1854. There is a wall with 64 wagons which circles the monument. This symbolizes the 64 wagons used at the battle of Blood River.
We then head to Union buildings. It is a National monument and is the official seat of government and the office of the president. It was built between 1910 and 1913 by more than 1260 workers and was designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Beautiful gardens with only indigenous plants and an amazing panoramic view of the city. It is also the place of many historical events relating to the freedom struggle, such as, in 1956 when 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum, protesting against Apartheid laws. It was also the place where South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated.
We go to Kruger House Museum which was built in 1884 and was the first house in Pretoria to have electricity. It is restored to the same conditions that it was like over a century ago when Kruger was president.
Church square is the next stop. It is Pretoria’s city center with a statue of the first President Paul Kruger surrounded by 4 Boer soldiers. Many old buildings are surrounding the area and are quite something to see. One of the buildings is the Palace of Justice, which was the venue of the Treason Trial of former President Nelson Mandela and others who were accused of treason against the state.
Melrose House is a mansion built in 1886 and was used in 1899 as the British headquarters during the Second Boer War. The house is maintained in good condition so that you can see what it was like back in the late 1880’s.
Pick up and drop off at your Johannesburg hotel
Tour starts at 8 in the morning
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Johannesburg hotels.