Pretoria has an intriguing history, but also offers no shortage of attractions and things to do for those that love nature and the outdoors. The landscape itself is magnificent, and there is an abundance of other natural resources to which to look forward. Families, honeymooning couples, or groups of friends on vacation will, no doubt, love discovering what Pretoria and its surrounds have to offer once they leave their Pretoria hotels and start exploring the city.
Our top five attractions in Pretoria are …
The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens
Take in the colours and scents of the wonderful Gauteng flora at these gardens. These are one of only nine national botanical gardens in South Africa, showcasing some of the wonders of the country in the form of spectacular walkways, traditional medicinal plants, succulent gardens and cycad gardens. There is also a restaurant and a show area, making this the ideal venue for celebrations, concerts and other special occasions.
The Butterfly Garden
Situated at the Ludwig’s Roses, visitors are invited to wander around thousands of bright and beautiful roses as their heady bouquet delights the senses and colourful butterflies flutter freely and playfully around. The large greenhouse makes for a tropical retreat from the “real world” outside. There is an on-site restaurant for snacks and refreshments. It should be noted that in cool weather, the butterflies tend to be more docile and less visible.
Walk With Lions
There are local suppliers that offer horse safaris and the unique to walk with Africa’s king, the lion. Take in the spectacular surrounds while learning about these animals and interacting with them. Exploring South Africa from the back of a powerful horse makes for an unforgettable experience. These are suitable for all capabilities of riders and are well-trained to accommodate even nervous beginners.
Pretoria is home or close to a number of exquisite parks and reserves. Those with a penchant for photography are spoilt for choice when looking for opportunities to capture some of Africa’s loveliest wildlife and vegetation in and around Pretoria. Spend hours exploring the landscape on foot or on formal safaris and be alert to these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve
As one of the biggest urban nature reserves on the planet, Rietvlei is home to a massive population and diversity of antelope; including eland, red hartebeest, springbuck and waterbuck. Other residents include the Burchell’s zebra, buffalo, white rhino, bushpig, brown hyena, aardwolf, hippos and cheetah. It is also home to an array of bird species for those that want to spend languorous summer days eyeing the avian variety of South Africa as they soar overhead.