Pretoria is a city of Jacaranda-lined avenues, fascinating architecture and many historic monuments. The general lifestyle is part historic and conservative and part young and creative. The Union Buildings, in Church Street, are situated in beautiful gardens. They were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built to house the Government Ministerial Offices.
The Rovos Rail, and its three sets of trains, evokes the glamour of yesteryear while offering the most extensive route network of any luxury train service worldwide.
The Freedom Park, invites visitors to remember and contemplate the sacrifices made that led to South Africa’s current freedom and liberation. The Park is significant in its symbolic effort to heal old wounds and to share our past, thereby uniting people in reconcilation and nation-building.
Cullinan Diamond Mine is the source of many of the most renowned diamonds in the world. This picturesque diamond mine is discovery rich and still yields some of the world’s finest gems; so visit the Diamond Hub and perhaps purchase a piece of this extraordinary heritage.
The Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Voortrekkers who left the Cape, has developed into a centre of excellence, both as a tourist destination and heritage institution.
A stone’s throw from the madding crowd is the Pretoria National Botanical Garden with its numerous flowering plants, and almost 50% of the country’s tree species, making this garden a botanical tapestry.
The Pretoria Art Museum, in Schoeman Street, Arcadia, houses a collection of South African art including works by Van Wouw, Oerder and Pierneef.
The Blue Train in its charisma and majesty has been synonymous with luxury hospitality, tourism and leisure since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. On board the train, guests indulge in fine cuisine accompanied by some of the best wines South Africa has to offer.