South Africa holidays
The city of Tshwane, formerly known as Pretoria, lies 36 miles north of Johannesburg and provides a complete contrast to the City of Gold. South Africa's administrative capital was founded in 1855 and named after the Voortrekker leader, Andries Pretorius. Often referred to as the "Jacaranda City", this nickname refers to the thousands of trees lining the streets, their purple blossoms heralding the approach of summer each October.
The tour begins with a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, a striking memorial built to honour the early pioneers. Continue to the central part of the city, which has retained the name of Pretoria, visiting Kruger House Museum and Church Square, where the statue of Paul Kruger looks down on the passers by and Melrose House, a classic example of a Victorian suburban townhouse. Proceed to the imposing Union Building, which houses the offices of the State President, Deputy President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Take in the impressive view over the city, before returning to Johannesburg.
Tour departs daily except on Christmas Day, New Years Day & Good Friday and the duration is a maximum of 5 hours. We recommend a tour departure time of between 8am and 1pm. Avoid taking this tour on a Monday as Melrose House is closed.