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South Africa's national government is split between three cities, and in Pretoria, the government is housed in the Union Buildings, which were built in the early 1900s after Pretoria became the administrative capital of the newly united Union of South Africa. The two wings of the structure represent English and Afrikaans, with the court between the two representing the Union of South Africa.
 
The offices of the president of South Africa is still in the Union Buildings, and the country's flag flies over the left wing if the president is there. The amphitheatre was renamed in 2013 as the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, and a 29.5-foot-tall statue of Mandela stands in front of the Union Buildings now.

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The Union Buildings are not open to the public, but the gardens that surround them are.
Address: Government Ave., Pretoria, Gauteng 0002, South Africa
Hours: Gardens - 24hrs
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Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg

Explore the highlights of Pretoria during a tour from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to one of South Africa’s capitals, often called ‘Jacaranda City’ for the profusion of lavender blossoms on its tree-lined streets each spring. Walk to Church Square to see where Nelson Mandela received a life sentence in 1964 and the nearby building where he became president of South Africa three decades later. Visit the famous Voortrekker Monument and the 19th-century home of Boer leader Paul Kruger.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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Pretoria & Cullinan Tours-Full Day

This Tour tells a history of South African White ancestors, how they suffered and struggled against black tribes to come and settle in Pretoria, this tour also tells you the history of the oldest mine pipe in the world
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Pretoria Capital City Tour from Pretoria, every TUESDAY

Get a comprehensive tour of Pretoria on this city highlights excursion. With a guide in the lead, you'll be sure not to miss anything; stops include the Union Building, Voortrekker Monument, and Church Square. Listen to in-depth commentary about Pretoria's role in South Africa's culture, politics, and history as you travel. This tour is a great option for first-time visitors in search of an orientation or those short on time.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Full Day Pretoria City Tour and Cullinan Underground Mine Tour - 8hrs

This is a exploration tour of Pretoria, We first visit the Voortrekker Monument, designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk, this massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. Designed and built by Herbert Baker and completed in 1913, the Union Buildings housed the administrative offices of the Union of South Africa. Today it is still the official seat of government and houses the offices of the President of South Africa. The building is made from light sandstone and is over 275m long. The Premier Mine is an underground diamond mine owned by Petra Diamonds in the town of Cullinan. Established in 1902, it was renamed the Cullinan Diamond Mine in November 2003 in celebration of its centenary. The mine rose to prominence in 1905, when the Cullinan Diamond – the largest rough diamond of gem quality ever found – was discovered there.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Half Day Pretoria City Tour - 4hrs

Known as the “Jacaranda City" due to its mauve blossomed tree-lined streets, Pretoria is a quiet city in North Gauteng. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the administrative branch of government. Pretoria was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers, who named it after his father Andries Pretorius and chose a spot on the banks of the "Apies rivier" (Afrikaans for "Monkeys river") to be the new capital of the South African Republic (ZAR). We stop at the Voortrekker Monument located just south of Pretoria. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. We pass the house of Paul Kruger and Church Square then head to,The Union Buildings which form the official seat of the South African Government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Pretoria City Day Tour from Johannesburg

Get a comprehensive city tour of Pretoria in just a half-day, hitting all the highlights and landmarks with a guide in the lead. With round-trip transportation from Johannesburg included, there's no need to rent a car or puzzle over directions. Listen to engaging commentary on the city's history, culture, and architecture while visiting attractions such as the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, and the Paul Kruger Museum.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

Half-Day Pretoria City Tour

Get comprehensive tour of Pretoria in a single day, perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time. With a guide providing in-depth commentary and all directions, seeing all the sights in a short time will be a breeze. Learn about Pretoria's history, culture, and modern life through visits to the Union Building, Paul Kruger's house, the Church Square, the Voorterkker Monument, and others.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private History & Culture Tour in Johannesburg with Kruger Park Safari in 6 Days

Many visitors to South Africa head straight on straight on safari without experience the human history of the country. Combine heritage and nature on this tour that takes you to Kruger National Park as well as the Cradle of Human Kind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
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  • 6 days
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City Tours

Pretoria Capital City Tour from Johannesburg / Sandton, every TUESDAY

Get a comprehensive tour Pretoria on this half-day excursion from Sandton. With a guide providing navigation and commentary, you'll embark on a curated itinerary designed to show you the highlights of the city in a short time. Get panoramic views of the the Jacaranda City from the preident's office in the Union Building and stop at all the other must-see Pretoria landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Pretoria Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Pretoria

Discover South Africa’s diverse heritage and troubled history on this full-day tour, visiting four incredible museums in one day. Trace the history of the Afrikaners people at the Voortrekker Museum in Pretoria, tour the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, then visit the Soweto township to learn about the Youth Uprising in 1976 at the Hector Pieterson Museum and visit the Nelson Mandela House Museum.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

Pretoria City Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, on this half-day excursion. Following a guide and a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the must-see highlights, including the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Square, Loftus Versveld, the Kruger House, Pretoria University, and other landmarks. As you travel, listen to in-depth commentary from your guide to learn about the city's history, culture, and people.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Pretoria Sightseeing and History Tour from Johannesburg

Tour the administrative capital of South Africa with this memorable day trip from Johannesburg. Explore the streets with an expert local guide and learn about the history, culture and traditions that make this a unique destination. This tour makes stops at The Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House Museum, the Union Building and more. It's the perfect way to make the most of your time in South Africa.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Full-day Tours

Pretoria City Guided Day Tour

Explore South Africa's capital city, Pretoria, on this sightseeing tour with a guide. Listen to commentary on the history, culture, architecture, and people of the "Garden City" while visiting the top attractions. Stops include Church Square, the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, and others. Lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private 2 Days History and Culture Tour from Johanensburg

Spend two days exploring the hidden history of Johannesburg with a guide. You'll be able to go in-depth into the city's history and culture by spending an extensive amount of time uncovering the truth of the past. Listen to guided commentary on the Afrikaneers, the discover of gold in the area, and the Apartheid era. Finish up with a visit to the Cradle of Human Kind and the Lesedi Cultural Village.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Pretoria City Tour & Cullinan Diamond Full Day Tour ( Exo Travel & Tours)

Enjoy these day tour from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria and lets us take you back in time on these amazing tour that show cases the City of Pretoria. We start off in union buildings then head to Kruger Museum and get to know the siginificance of these museum in modern South Africa. We then take off to Vortrekker Monument and get to know more about the white Afrikaneers of South Africa and how they fought the british back in the days. We finalize the tour by heading to Culinan Diamond mine tour and get to know what guys do when they down there looking for tha precious metal. A wonderful day awaits with lost of history and also a bit mining history.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Tour Example

Get your taste of South Africa by seeing and experiencing some of the highlights of the country with your own fully trained private safari guide. Drive alongside elephants, canter with zebras, mountainbike with giraffes. Also for beginning horseback riders. Everything can be tailored to your wants and needs!All in Formula! Arrive and you don't have to worry about anything
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  • 9 days
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  • 9 days

Cultural Tours

Pretoria Day Tour

‘We are marching to Pretoria! Pretoria! Pretoria!’ Ok, you won’t be marching so much as driving during this full-day tour exploring the fascinating history of South Africa’s capital city, but you will get plenty of exercise touring the city’s monuments, historic buildings and gardens. Start with the Voortrekker Monument, the biggest in all of Africa, then onward to see the Union Buildings, Kruger House Museum and Church square.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Multi-day Tours

11-Days South African Classic Tour with Kruger National Park and Cape Town

This 11 days tour covers the best of what South Africa has to offer. The tour brings together the magnificent scenery of The Drakensberg Mountains, historical and cultural experience including the both experience of wildlife safari in The Kruger National Park and City Life in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. In the Kruger National your are guaranteed to see some of the BIG FIVE.  The tour will begin in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town or start in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. You can choose where you want to start your tour.
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  • 11 days
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  • 11 days

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Half day Pretoria city and monuments tour

Pretoria is an iconic city and is full of historical and cultural attractions. Join us on this journey of discovery as we take you back into time as well as discover the current culture of the city. Key attractions we visit include:union buildingsVoortrekker monument Church squarePretoria city centre tour
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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HALF DAY PRETORIA CITY TOUR

You will learn about South Africa's rich and fascinating history on a Half -Day tour of its legislative capital city. Pretoria is rich in history and a thriving economic hub. At its heart is one of the country's premier universities which adds to the capital's youthful vibe. The tour is approximately 3 to 4 hours.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Multi-day Tours

14-Day Tour of South Africa from Johannesburg

The South African Odyssey is an all encompassing and deeply immersive tour of impressive proportions. You will begin in the city of gold, Johannesburg and disconnect from the modern world and plug into Africa untamed in the Kruger National Park, the odyssey continues with beautiful cultural experiences in Swaziland and Zululand, catching fascinating glimpses into the lives of the African people. The Garden Route then beckons with indescribable natural scenery and adventures. Your Odyssey ends in the Mother City of Cape Town, a city that pulses with creativity, diversity and vibrancy.
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  • 14 days
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1 DAY PRETORIA TOUR

Every so often Pretoria or Tshwane is regarded as “Jacaranda City” and justifies the name in late spring when the Jacaranda trees blossom into a flood of purple. It’s the administrative capital city of South Africa and immersed in the ancient history of South Africa. All these sightings make the city a prefect starting point for adventurous holidaymakers.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Pretoria City and Diamond Mine Tour

The city of Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital and we take you on an amazing cultural experience that includes tree lined avenues, inspiring architecture and historical monuments. Also we visit the world renowned Cullinan Diamond mine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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City Tour of Pretoria

Pretoria is a city located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. The city is situated about 50km north of Johannesburg. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital; the others are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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