Tshwane Map / Pretoria Map
An attractive city bursting with Jacaranda trees, Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. Currently it’s going through a bit of an identity crisis – the name Tshwane has been imposed upon the greater metropole with businesses and residents in the city itself sticking firmly to Pretoria. The matter is still officially undecided, and is a fiery talking point amongst residents!
Tshwane / Pretoria's charm lies in its harmonious blend of African roots and European traditions. It is a progressive city where history meets 21st Century style and development; where vibrant township scenes compliment modern shopping centres.
It is a cultural city with a variety of museums, monuments and historical buildings that offer the visitor a glimpse of the city's colourful history. Art centres and craft markets add a contemporary dimension to the city's rich history. Make sure your Gauteng travel plans include a visit to Pretoria.
The Garden City Route includes the classical terraced gardens of the Union Buildings on Meintjieskop, offering dramatic and panoramic views of the cityscape. The stately Union Buildings - designed by Sir Herbert Baker - are famous for their well-kept, abundant gardens.
This route also includes visits to a formal Victorian garden in the Burgers Park, as well as the Melrose House, Church Square and the Old Cemetery. Pretoria is also home to the National Botanical Gardens and the Voortrekker Monument, the Magnolia Dell and parks in Arcadia and Hatfield. Also visit the nearby Atterdigeville Moroe Park and Ga-Mothakga Park.
A drive through Pretoria will reveal many grand Colonial houses as well as the pride that residents have in their rose gardens. Hatfield is the trendiest part of town with charming coffee shops, a vibrant nightlife and creative characters. The Sammy Marks Museum, 25km from the city, is an impressive Victorian mansion well worth a nostalgic turn.