Pretoria holidays

Pretoria is Africa with a touch of Europe and a pinch of oriental spice. Hooting taxi’s, cars old and new, buses and trains drive past hawkers selling an array of fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby farms. And high up on Meintjeskop, Sir Herbert Baker’s famous architectural wonder – the Union Buildings housing Government offices views it all. Steeped in history, Pretoria offers many places of historical interest which are well worth visiting, such as the magnifecent Sammy Marks House, the modest home of President Paul Kruger with the railing coach he used while in exile in the Eastern Transvaal during the Anglo Boer War, the Hero’s Acre where Kruger and Pretorius are buried, Church Square with Anton van Wouw’s statue of “Oom Paul”, the old Raadsaal, the Palace of Justice, and Melrose House where the peace treaty which ended the Anglo Boer War was signed in 1902.

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