Square in Pretoria

Church Square

At Pretoria's heart, Church Square is surrounded by imposing public buildings, including the Palace of Justice, where the Rivonia Trial that sentenced Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment was held, on the northern si…
Memorial in Pretoria

Freedom Park

This stunning memorial adopts an integrated approach to South Africa’s war history and is a place of architectural imagination and collective healing. Located across the kopje (rocky hill) from the austere Voortrekk…
Monument in Pretoria

Voortrekker Monument

The imposing Voortrekker Monument was constructed between 1938 and 1949 to honour the journey of the Voortrekkers, who journeyed north over the coastal mountains of the Cape into the heart of the African veld. The m…
Notable Building in Pretoria

Union Buildings

These sweeping sandstone buildings are the headquarters of government and home to the presidential offices. The gardens are often used for public celebrations, and Nelson Mandela’s inauguration took place here back …
Gallery in Pretoria

Pretoria Art Museum

This art museum specialises in South African art from throughout the country’s history. It also features regularly changing exhibitions.
Historic Building in Pretoria

Melrose House

This stately mansion built in 1886 is of strong historical significance – on 31 May 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging, which marked the end of the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902), was signed in the dining room. Highlights …
Museum in Pretoria

Kruger Museum

A short walk west from Church Sq is the former residence of Paul Kruger, president of the South African Republic from 1883 to 1900. Built in 1884, the house would have been grand at the time but today seems lost on …
Zoo in Pretoria

Pretoria National Zoological Gardens

There’s a reptile park and an aquarium here, as well as a vast collection of exotic trees and plenty of picnic spots. The highlight, though, is the cable car, which runs up to the top of a hill that overlooks the ci…
Museum in Pretoria

National Cultural History Museum

Concentrating on the cultural history of South Africa, this museum features exhibitions on San rock art, Iron Age figurines from Limpopo and a small gallery of contemporary South African works, among others.