Pretoria / Tshwane
The administrative capital of South Africa
Tourism Pretoria www.tshwane.gov.za or phone 012 337 4337
Tshwane/Pretoria Visitors Guide www.tshwanevisitors.co.za or phone 012 346 4550
A masterpiece of colonial architecture, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1913, is the headquarters of the SA President. Phone +27 12 325 2000 for garden tours.
From 1884 until his exile in 1900, President Paul Kruger lived in this house.It is situated a mere three blocks from Church Square, downtown Pretoria. It is now a museum displaying his furniture and personal affects, including a stagecoach and his private railway coach.
Built to commemorate the Great Trek and a shrine to Afrikanerdom. Phone: +27 12 326 6770 to book guided tours.
Tswaing Meteorite Crater
Also known, as the Pretoria Salt Pan is 40km northwest of the city, is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world. This National Heritage Site offers guided walking tours. Stone Age tools and artifacts dating back to the Bushmen ancestors 20-30 thousand years ago are on display.
Smuts House Museum
On the outskirts the quaint little village of Irene, is the farm home of South Africa's famous Prime Minister and world renowned statesman, Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950). Situated approximately 15kms from the Capital City of Pretoria, this humble wood and iron dwelling played host to a host of important local and international personages, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. Guided tours are recommended. Phone: +27 12 667 1176
Lesedi Cultural Village
On the R512 just beyond Lanseria airport, is home to Zulus, Xhosa, Pedi and Basotho families, who live here in traditional homes. This visit is steeped in folklore, ancient traditions and tribal dancing, finishing with a culturally diverse 'buffet spectacular'. Mid morning and late afternoon shows daily. Bookings essential. En suite accommodation within the village is also on offer. Phone: +27 12 205 1394 or www.lesedi.com