Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice when you roam around the streets of Pretoria is the blaze of purple trees scattered around, especially in parks and gardens. Thanks to the lovely blooms, Pretoria is now known as Jacaranda City, named after the plant it is famous for.
But Pretoria is more than just a lovely floral background for Instagram photos; the city is home to beautiful botanic gardens and reserves, as well as historic buildings, monuments, and museums. Because of this, the city also saw an increase in affordable Pretoria accommodations. If you plan to visit this part of South Africa, here are some of the things you must include in your itinerary.
1 ) Bask in the natural beauty of South African plant species
Located in the city’s eastern suburbs is the Pretoria National Botanic Garden, which spans 76-hectares and contains more than half of the country’s tree species. You will also find an impressive collection of flowering plants, aloes, and cycads. Here you will also find the National Herbarium, where you can find the largest collection of plant specimens in the country. A lakeside restaurant is available for those who want to enjoy their meals within the lovely gardens.
2 ) Admire the history and architecture of buildings and monuments
Pretoria was once at the heart of the apartheid regime, thus making the city rich in history. Drive to the hilltop south of the city centre and you will find the Voortrekker Monument, one of the country’s most visited historic monuments and a National Heritage Site. This 40-metre-high structure is made of granite and houses 27 marble reliefs depicting the Great Trek of 1938.
Another must-visit spot is the Freedom Park, which sits on Salvokop Hill and gives you panoramic views of the city. The park is a symbol of South Africa’s liberation and has memorials and museum on its grounds.
3 ) Gaze at some of the most stunning diamonds in the world
Check out where the largest diamond in the world was discovered. The Cullinan Diamond Mine was where the 3106-carat diamond (before cutting) was found. Visitors have access to tours above and underground where they can see how diamonds are being mined, cut, and polished.
4 ) Encounter the most magnificent African creatures in a safe environment
An African trip is not complete without seeing the most valued animals in the world. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa has a walk-in aviary, a reptile house, and the only inland aquarium in the country.
If you love hiking, then a trip to the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve is a must. It spans 100 hectares and houses ostrich, zebra, bushbuck, impala, springbuck, and a LOTS of birds.
Looking for a place to stay for your Pretoria vacation? Morning Star Express Hotel offers comfortable, high quality and affordable accommodation for business guests, stop-overs and short stay travel. The hotel is conveniently located near major government departments, hospitals, the Magistrate Court, the North Gauteng High Court, and a number of tourist hotspots.
Elegance in simplicity is evident in our clean and compact rooms, which are equipped with basics such as Wi-Fi internet, double beds, flatscreen TV, and tea/coffee station. You get all these in convenient rates.
Their conference facilities are of the highest standards and provide companies with two conference venues that can host up to 100 delegates. They also have a restaurant and fully licensed bar. Guests get access to laundry and shuttle service during their stay.
Morning Star Express Hotel offers fast and safe bookings for travelers all around the world. You can visit their website for direct reservations. You can also check out their Facebook page for more details.