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Pretoria, Where I live

(Pretoria Social Events is a Facebook group which I admin.)

 

Pretoria has a controversial past. It was the seat of the apartheid government for many years before the change to a democratic government in 1994.

 

Pretoria is still the administrative capital of South Africa and home to many of its civil servants. It is not as cosmopolitan and multi-racial as Johannesburg and lacks the nightlife and 'vibe' of Johannesburg. Although it is neater, it is more conservative. The southern side of Pretoria is the posh side and the northern side is home to the industrial areas.

 

Pretoria is nicknamed the Jacaranda City after the October blossoming of 70 000 jacaranda trees throughout the inner city and suburbs. Pretoria has a mild, sunny climate, no bizarre winds, no snow, and no flooding (or not terribly recently, anyway). The temperatures in winter are roughly 20°C (60°F) and in summer roughly 30°C (70°F).

 

One would think Pretoria's entire population of two million would be academics because there are four universities [University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, Vista University and the Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa)] and a selection of technical colleges, a teachers training college, a technikon and various purpose-driven learning institutions. Nevertheless, the people don't walk around with their noses in the air.

 

The difference between Pretoria and Johannesburg can be seen by following these two links, a loud contrast, trust me, I have chosen truly illustrative links. On the day I set this up, the headline picture for the Johannesburg page was a bunch of people toyi-toyiing for the right to same-sex marriages. In Pretoria they say "what is the status quo, sir" and in Johannesburg they say "fuck the status quo".

Uber website

SAHistory.org had tons of stuff Pretoria that I never knew (I have lived here 36 years). A fanatic researcher is sitting bug-eyed, with library cards strewn about, in front of his computer. Good stuff. And would you believe - no About us area that I can go to gush.

 

Government City of Tshwane
Web City of Tshwane

Driving distance to nearby tourist attractions

  • 40 minutes from Johannesburg
  • 25 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport
  • four hours from the Kruger National Park
  • six hours from Durban
  • sixteen hours from Cape Town
  • one hour from the Carousel Casino
  • two hours from Sun City
  • two hours from the Pilanesburg National Park

Tourist information

  • Pretoria Tourist Information Bureau
    Old Nederlandsche Bank Building, Church Square, Pretoria
    Tel (012) 337-4337
    Fax (012) 328-2243
    Email jsithole@gpmc.org.za

Internet cafes

  • Virtual Cafe
    Menlyn Mall
    Corner of Atterbury Road and Lois Avenue
    Tel (012)348-0778, 9
    Email schniet@vcafe.co.za

Casinos

  • Carousel Casino and Tourist World
    N1 to Pietersburg, Maubane offramp
    Restaurants, bars, movies, shops, concerts, cabarets
    24-hour Monday-Saturday, Sunday 06h00-12h00, closed on religious holidays
    Tel (012) 718-7514
    Web Carousel Casino
  • Marula Sun Casino
    R80 from Pretoria, turn to Rosslyn-Onderstepoort, follow signs
    Casino, family entertainment
    Daily, 24-hours
    Tel (0146) 23320

Resorts

  • Derdepoort Recreation Resort
    Baviaanspoort Road, Lynn East
    115 ha, picnicking, farmyard, adventure park, hiking trail
    07h00-24h00 daily
    Tel (012) 808-0828
  • Lovers Rock Family Resort
    Magaliesburg, near Hekpoort
    Swimming pool, hiking, fishing, restaurant, horse-riding, super-chute, trampolines, mini-golf
    Tel (014) 577-1327
    Fax (014) 577-1328
    Web Lovers Rock Family Resort

Outings/Day trips

  • Loopspruit Wine Estate
    20-hectare wine estate
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, Saturday-Sunday by appointment only
    Tel (013) 930-7024/5
    Cell: 072 123 7107
  • Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre
    R80 Mabopane Highway, Brits offramp, left onto R513
    Picnicking, educational
    08h30-14h00 Wednesdays
    Tel (012) 504-1729
    Web Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre
  • National Botanical Gardens
    2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria, 77 ha
    Teagarden, winter - Sunday music concerts at 14h00
    06h00-18h00 daily
    Tel (012) 804-3200
    Email info@nbipre.nbi.ac.za
    Web National Botanical Gardens
  • National Zoological Gardens
    Corner Paul Kruger and Boom Streets, city centre
    Daily, 08h00-17h30 summer, 08h00-17h00 winter
    Tel (012) 328-3265
    Web Southern Africa Places
  • Lippizaner Stallions
    MI Ben Schoeman Highway towards Johannesburg. Take the Allandale offramp in Midrand. Robots turn right towards Kyalami. Robots turn right towards Crowthorne. Second set of robots, bear left and follow the signs to the Lippizaner shows in Kyalami.
    Every Sunday: 11am
    Tel (011) 702-2103
  • Cradle of Human Kind, Sterkfontein Caves
    R28 Krugersdorp Highway, turn right at Hendrik Potgieter Road onto the R47. Turn onto R563 and folow signs
    Archeological, paleontological and anthropological hotspot, discovery of Mrs. Ples (Plesianthropus Transvaalenis).
    Tuesday to Saturday: 9am-4pm
    Tel (011) 956-6342
    Email bookings@sterkfontein-caves.co.za
    Web SA venues
  • Cradle of Human Kind, Wonder Caves (Wondergat)
    R28 Krugersdorp Highway, Take the DF Malan offramp
    Archeological, paleontological and anthropological hotspot
    Hours: Daily - 8am-5pm
    Tel (011) 957-0l06
    Web SA venues
  • Rooftop Market
    Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg. Take N1, M1, Glenhove offramp, right at robot onto Glenhove, Right into Oxford, left at next robot, right at next robot, Rosebank Mall on left.
    Arts, crafts, toys and food
    Sundays
  • Antiques & Collectibles Fair
    Last Sunday of month in Parktown, Johannesburg
    Tel (011) 788-9950

Cultural villages

  • Gaabo Motho Cultural Village
    Stand 1596, Hebron off M 20 road between Rosslyn and Mabopane
    Tswana, Ndebele, Venda, Zulu homesteads and a shack
    Tel (012) 563-0102/0165
    Emial gaabomotho@yebo.co.za
    Web Gaabo Motho Cultural Village
  • Mapoch Ndebele Village
    8 km west off M 35 Tswaing road (past Tswaing Crater Museum)
    Curios, Ndebele bead work
    10h00-16h00 daily
    Tel (012) 563-0102
    Tel (012) 790-2302
    Fax (012) 790-2302
  • Ndebele Village
    Nooitgedacht Road, Witbank, Gauteng
    08h00-17h00 Monday, 08h00-16h00 Tuesday-Thursday, 08h00-12h30 Fridays, tours
    Tel (013) 932-0894
    Fax (013) 933-3138
    Cell 082 372 4395
  • Lesedi Cultural Village
    Ndebele traditions, accommodation
    Tel (01205) 5 1394
    Email marketing@lesedi.com
    Web Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Loopspruit Ndebele Village
    Ndebele traditions, near Bronkhorstpruit
    Tel (01212) 2 0894

Tours

  • National Zoological Gardens
    Customized night tours, for blind and deaf people and wheelchair users, 15 person minimum, booking essential
    Tel (012) 328-3265
    Web Southern Africa Places
  • State Theatre
    Corner Church and Prinsloo Streets, city centre
    Tours by appointment only
    Tel (012) 322-1665
    Email admin@statetheatre.co.za
    Web State Theatre
  • Woodstock Ostrich Farm
    30 km from Pretoria, take R513 to Brits, Woodstock is on right-hand side
    Guided tours
    Tel (012) 504-1084
    Fax (012) 504-1084
    Cell 082 570 1836
  • Bushveld Train Safaris
    Depart Pretoria, to Namakwaland, 7 day, August-September
    Tel (014) 736-3025
    Fax (014) 736-3025 ask fax
    Email info@boon.co.za
    Web Bushveld Train Safaris
  • Trans-Karoo Train
    From Pretoria, to Johannesburg, Kimberley, De Aar and Cape Town
    Rovos Rail
    Tel (012) 315 8242
    Web Wanderwomen
  • Molepe Tours
    Full and half-day tours of Soweto, Pretoria, Gold Reef City, the Carnivore Restaurant, Carousel, Sun City, Heia Safari Ranch, Oppenheimer's Tower
    Tel (011) 442-0610
  • Premier Diamond Mine
    Near Cullinan, 20 minutes from Pretoria
    Guided tours 10h30 Monday-Saturday, 14h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (011) 886-8722
    Emial info@geosites.co.za
    Web Premier Diamond Mine
  • Specialized historical tours
    Tel (012) 667-2833
  • Pretoria Culture Route
    Historical tour of Pretoria, daily
    Tel (012) 308-7694

Trails

  • Fragrance Garden at Optima Training College
    Fragrance trail, for disabled people
    SA National Council for the Blind
    Tel (012) 346-1171
  • Groenkloof Day Walk
    5-15 km, 2 circular day-loops, average, picnicking, central hut, 12 person maximum
    Pretoria City Council
    Tel (012) 344-7131
    Fax (012) 341-3960
  • Rietvlei Day Walks, Hiking Trails and Horse Trails
    In Rietvlei Nature Reserve, off the Delmas Road, Elardus Park
    Game - white rhino, antelope and small game, picnicking, 15 person maximum Day Walks - 10 km, average, circular. Hiking - 21km, overnight huts, 8 person maximum. Horse trails, horses available, overnight huts, 6-8 persons, weekends
    Pretoria City Council
    Tel (012) 345-2274
    Web SAvenues.com
  • Country Horse Trails
    Tel (012) 205-1113
    Fax (012) 205-1728
    Cell 082 437 8087
  • Bushveld Train Safaris
    2-day, combination train safari and hiking, depart Pretoria
    Tel (014) 736-3025
    Fax (014) 736-3025 ask fax
    Email info@boon.co.za
    Web Bushveld Train Safaris

Meanders

  • Jacaranda Route
    October-November daily
    Tel (012) 308-7694
  • Crocodile River Arts and Crafts Trail
    First weekend of the month
    Tel (01I) 659-2486
  • Pretoria Cultural Route
    Daily tours
    Tel (012) 308-7694

Annual events

  • February - Tuks Nedbank Film Festival
    Tel (012) 43 6351 / 420-2947
    Fax (012) 342-2020 / 43 7176
    Email dyer@ccnet.up.ac.za
  • February - Prickly Pear Festival
    Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. Stalls and entertainment
    Tel/Fax (01213) 4 1717
  • April - Mampoer Festival
    Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. Traditional Afrikaans food and liquour
    Tel/Fax (01213) 4 4171
  • May - Pretoria Art Mix
    Art and music in and around Pretoria
    Tel (012) 343-3861
    Fax (012) 343-3861
  • July - Veteran Tractor Carnival
    Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
    Tel/Fax (01213) 4 4171
    Email nchm@nchm.ca.za
  • August - Cars-in-the-Park (Veteran Car Festival)
    Pioneer Museum Pretoria
    Tel (012) 803-6086
    Fax (012) 803-5639
    Email nchm@nchm.ca.za
  • August - Pretoria International Show
    Pretoria Showgrounds. Products, funfair, food
    Tel (012) 327-1487
    Fax (012) 327-1501
  • August/September - Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Exhibition
    Pretoria Art Museum - corner Schoeman and Wessels Streets
    Tel: (012) 344-1807/8
    Time: 10h00 to 17h00
  • September - Oktoberfest
    German School of Pretoria, German cultural festival
    Tel (012) 803-4106/7/8
    Fax (012) 803-4109
  • October - Jacaranda Festival
    Activities at Church Square
    Tel (012) 342-1660
  • November-December - Drakensberg Boys' Choir Noël Concerts
    Also in Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Harare and Bulawayo
    Tel (036) 468-1012 / 3

Museums

  • South African Museum Association
    Tel (012) 341-1320
    Fax (012) 341-6146
    Email sama@futurserve.co.za
    Web South African Museum Association (SAMA)
  • Tswaing Crater Museum
    40 km from Pretoria, take Voortrekkers Road, left to Rosslyn, right on Soutpan Road, follow signs. Eco-museum, salt lake, 22 000 year-old meteorite impact site, ‘environ-museum’, 1.4 km in diameter, Stone Age artifacts, guided tours – book in advance
    09h00-l6h00 daily
    Tel (012) 790-2302
    Fax (012) 790-2302
    Cell 082 654 7084
    Cell 082 458 4862
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
    Web Tswaing Crater Museum
  • National Film Video and Sound Archives
    Church Street East, Arcadia
    Collects, conserves and exhibits audio-visual material on South Africa
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 343-9767
    Web National Film Video and Sound Archives
  • Eduardo Villa Museum, Old Merensky Library University of Pretoria
    Plaster moulds of Villa’s bronze sculptures
    Tel (012) 420-4017
    Fax (012) 43-7176
    Email uwe@ccnet.up.ac.za
  • Coin World, South African Mint
    Old Johannesburg Road, Gateway, Centurion. Oldest working mint press in the world - the ‘Oom Paul’ - is still striking coins
    09h00-15h30 Monday-Sunday
    Tel (012) 677-2460
    Fax (012) 677-2828
    Email numismatics@samint.co.za
    Web SA Mint
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Africa
    Muckleneuk Ridge, University of South Africa (Unisa), Room 4-160, Theo van Wijk Building. 10 collections and about 27 000 objects, cultural history of southern Africa, including Ndebele and Xhosa artifacts, pottery, Stone Age and Iron Age objects
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 429-6297
    Fax (012) 429-6091
    Email krugee1@alpha.unisa.ac.za
    Web Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Mapungubwe Collection
    University of Pretoria, Old Arts Building, Main Campus, Lynnwood Road.
    Features remarkable works from the largely forgotten kingdom of Mapungubwe that flourished near the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers between 1000 and 1300 AD
    10h00-16h00 Tuesday-Friday
    Tel (012) 420-3146
    Fax (012) 420-2262
    Email piet@ccnet.up.ac.za
    Web South Africa - Official Gateway
  • Melrose House
    275 Jacob Mare Street, opposite Burger's Park
    Victorian mansion, ex-headquarters of the British forces, hosted the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging - the end of the Anglo-Boer War, permanent exhibition of photographs of the Anglo-Boer War
    10h00-17h00 Tuesday-Wednesday,10h00-20h00Thursday, 10h00-18h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 322-2805/0420
    Fax (012) 320-2742
    Email melrosehouse@tshwane.gov.za
    Web Melrose House
  • National Cultural History Museum
    Corner Bosman and Visagie Streets. 2-million-year history, 4-million collected objects
    09h00-17h00 Monday-Sunday and public holidays
    Tel (012) 324-6082
    Tel (012) 328-5173
    Email awindow1@nchm.co.za
    Web National Cultural History Museum
  • Pioneer Museum
    Pretoria Road, Silverton.
    Thatched roof, traditional dung and peach-pip floor, oven and outbuildings, tanning-pit, wagon shed, water-furrow, threshing-floor, water-mill, farm animals, guided tours
    08h30-16h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 803-6086/7
    Fax (012) 803-5639
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
  • Post Office Stamp Collections
    07h30-16h30 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 323-5078
    Fax (012) 323-5078
  • Pretoria Art Museum
    Schoeman Street. South African Art, international graphics, 17th century Dutch paintings
    10h00-17h00 Tuesday, 10h00-20h00 Wednesday, 10h00-17h00 Thursday-Saturday, 10h00-18h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 344-1807
    Fax (012) 344-1809
    Email art.museum@tshwane.gov.za
    Web Pretoria Art Museum
  • The Puppet Museum
    Pretoria University (Tukkies), Education Law Building, Main Campus
    Tel: (012) 420-3031
  • Sammy Marks Museum
    N4 to Witbank, take Hans Strijdom offramp, left, follow signs. Restored Victorian home of diamond magnate Sammy Marks, teagarden
    09h00-16h00 Tuesday-Friday, 10h00-16h00 Saturday-Sunday
    Tel (012) 803-6158
    Fax (012) 803-5308
    Cell 082 754 0944
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
    Web Southern Africa Places
  • Smuts House Museum
    Nelmapius Road (M31), Irene. Preserved home of Jan Christiaan Smuts, international statesman, philosopher, scientist
    09h30-16h30 Monday-Friday, 09h30-17h00 Saturday-Sunday
    Tel (012) 667 1176
    Fax (012) 667 1213
    Web Southern Africa Places
  • South African Police Museum
    Corner Pretorius and Volkstem Streets. Dioramas of famous cases
    08h30-15h30 Monday-Friday, 08h30-16h30 Saturday-Sunday, closed on public holidays
    Tel (012) 353-6770/1
    Fax (012) 324-4853
  • South African Air Force Museum
    Air Force Base Swartkop, Voortrekkerhoogte, Old Johannesburg/Pretoria Road (R101). Military aviation museum
    09h00-15h30 Monday-Friday, 10h00-16h00 Saturday-Sunday, closed public holidays
    Tel (012) 351-2153
    Fax (012) 351-2346
    Email friends@saafmuseum.org.za
    Web South African Air Force Museum
  • Transvaal Museum
    Paul Kruger Street, city centre. Natural science museum, Austin Roberts Bird Collection fossils of pre-historic man, geological, archaelogical material, guided tours
    09h00-17h00 Monday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00 Sunday and public holidays
    Tel (012) 322-7632
    Fax (012) 322-7939
    Cell 083 228-5488
    Email scott@tm.up.ac.za
    Web Transvaal Museum
  • Van Gybland-Oosterhoff Collection
    Old Arts Building 2-8, University of Pretoria. Historical culture of Dutch, documents and artifacts, paintings and publications
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, weekends by appointment
    Tel (012) 420-3100/2200
    Fax (012) 420-2262
    Email piet@ccnet.up.ac.za
  • Van Tilburg Collection
    Old Arts Building 2-9, University of Pretoria. Paintings, graphics, furniture, Persian carpets, Oriental and European ceramic
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, weekends by appointment
    Tel (012) 420-3100/2200
    Fax (012) 420-2262
    Email piet@ccnet.up.ac.za
  • Voortrekker Monument Museum and Fort Schanskop
    Eufees Road (M7), off Fountains Circle, on Monument Hill. Commemorates the Great Trek, symbol of Afrikaner identity, Anton van Wouw's sculpture of a Voortrekker mother and children, 30m-high Hall of Heroes, 27 marble panels - combined length is 92m, granite cenotaph - a ray of sunshine falls on the inscription at noon on 16 December yearly (the Battle of Blood River), ever-burning flame
    09h00-16h00 daily, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
    Tel (012) 326-6770
    Tel (012) 323-0682
    Fax (012) 341-6146
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
    Web Voortrekker Monument
  • Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
    Off the N4 to Witbank at Exit 27. Living museum farmstead, traditional farming activities, annual events - prickly pear festival, mampoer festival and the Agricultural Museum Show
    08h00-16h00 daily
    Tel (012) 736-2035/6
    Fax (012) 736-2037
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
    Web Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
  • Miriammen Temple
    Sixth Street, Asiatic Bazaar, city centre.
    Oldest Hindu Temple in Pretoria, goddess who controls infectious diseases, remove your shoes when entering the cellar or assembly hall
    Daily
  • Pierneef Museum
    18 Vermeulen Street, city centre, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (artist).
    Art and artifacts, coffee shop
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 323-1419
  • Paul Kruger House Museum
    60 Church Street West, city centre.
    Modest, single-storied home of former President, Paul Kruger, personal artifacts, Kruger received his subjects informally on the verandah
    08h30-16h00 Monday-Saturday, 09h00-16h00 Sunday and public holidays
    Tel (012) 326-9172
    Fax (012) 341-6146
    Email nchm@nchm.co.za
  • Engelenburghuis Art Collection
    Paintings, sculptures, silver and bronzeware, furniture, porcelain, carpets and ceramic ware
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Sunday, public holidays
    Tel (012) 328-5082/3/4/5
    Fax (012) 328-5085
  • African Window
    Visagie Street, living cultural museum, dedicated to the preservation and communication of the culture and heritage of all South Africans, 3 million objects - permanent and temporary exhibitions, hosts film festivals, arts and crafts exhibitions, seminars, conferences, festivals and other cultural events, guided tours, craft shop, coffee shop
    Tel (012) 324-6082
    Fax (012) 328-5173
    Cell 083 271-5759
    Email awindow1@nchm.co.za
  • Burgers Park
    Jacob Mare Street, opposite Melrose House, city centre. Oldest park, gazebo
    08h00-18h00 daily
    Web Burgers Park
  • Church Street Cemetery
    Corner Church Street and DF Malan Drive, near city centre. Heroes' Acre in the centre of the cemetary
    Daily
  • Church Square
    Church Street, city centre. Anton van Wouw's statue of Paul Kruger at centre, buildings on the square represent the old town centre, guided tours
    Tel (012) 346-3226
    Web South African History
  • Claude v Malan
    160 Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, corner Duncan and Lynnwood Roads. Collector's showroom, military items, bric a brac, coffee shop, bar
    08h00-16h00 Monday to Friday, 08h00-12h00 Saturday
    Tel (012) 362-0654
  • Coert Steynberg Museum
    465 Berg Avenue, Pretoria North. Preserved home of sculptor Coert Steynberg, studio
    10h00-13h00 Tuesday-Friday, 11h00-17h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 546-0404
    Fax (012) 341 6146
  • Correctional Service Museum
    Prison Reserve, Central Prison, Potgieter Street, city centre. Local history of penal system, illegally-made items, prisoners' hobbies, prison culture
    09h00-15h00 Tuesday-Friday, closed on public holidays
    Tel (012) 314-1766
    Fax (012) 323 4441
  • Geological Survey Museum
    Paul Kruger Street, city centre. Precious and semi-precious stones
    09h00-17h00 Monday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 322-7632
  • Strijdom Square
    Corner Church and Andries Streets, city centre. Strijdom Square was old produce market, bronze bust of Advocate JG Strijdom (former Prime Minister of South Africa) was created by South African artist Coert Steynberg, the bust collapsed through to a parking garage below in 2001
    Web Brian J McMorrow
  • Museum of Science and Technology
    Didacta Building, 211 Skinner Street
    Multi-media displays, Physikon - interactive physics-playground
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, 14h00-17h00 Saturday
    Tel (012) 392-9300
    Fax (012) 320-7803
    Email info@saasta.ac.za
    Web Museum of Science and Technology
  • The Museum Mall
    Visagie Street between Van der Walt and Schubart Streets, city centre.
    Will be the largest focal point of cultural resources in Africa, non-formal education, recreation, will encompass Melrose House, Burgers Park, Transvaal Museum, the City Hall, a Children's Museum, the Museum of Culture, the Museum of Science and Technology and the State Library, like the Smithsonian.
  • Transport Technology Museum
    Forum Building, Bosman Street, Pretoria city centre. Meteorology, antarctic expeditions, civil aviation, national roads transport, road safety
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, closed on weekends
    Tel (012) 309-3631
  • Union Buildings
    Church Street, Arcadia. Administrative headquarters of South Africa, on Meintjieskop, cost of £1 180 000, built by Sir Herbert Baker, crescent-shaped red sandstone edifice, inauguration site of nelson Mandela, First World War and Police memorials, statues of Prime Ministers General Louis Botha (on horseback), JBM Hertzog and JC Smuts, Garden of Remembrance, Delville Wood
    All hours
  • Museum of Culture
    Historical, last 2 million years
    08h00-16h00 Monday-Friday, 14h00-17h00 Saturday
    Tel (012) 341-1320
    Fax (012) 328-4075
  • Museum of the Council for Geoscience
    Minerals, rocks, moonrocks, meteorites
    09h00-17h00 Monday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 322-7122
    Fax (012) 322-7939
    Web Museum Park

Arts and crafts

  • African Window
    Tel (012) 341-1320
    Fax (012) 341-6146
    Email nchm@nchm.ca.za
  • Hatfield Flea Market
    Corner Burnett and Hilda Streets
    09h00-17h30 Sunday, public holidays
    Tel (012) 342 3769
  • Arts for Africa
    Tel (012) 320-3958
    Fax (012) 202-2149
  • Arts for All
    Tel (012) 320-3958
    Fax (012) 202-2149
  • Badisha Art Association
    Tel (012) 320 3958
  • Pretoria Art Museum
    Corner of Wessels and Schoeman Streets. Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, contemporary South African art, international graphic art, 17th century Dutch art
    10h00-17h00 Tuesday-Saturday, 14h00-18h00 Sunday, 10h00-20h00 Wednesday
    Tel (012) 344-1807
    Email art.museum@tshwane.gov.za
    Web Pretoria Art Museum
  • Creature Pots Veld Studio
    Tel (012) 205-1082
    Fax (011) 358-0612
    Cell 082 745 9086
    Email tort@elink.co.za
    Web Creature Pots
  • Dietmar Wiening Art Gallery
    Tel (012) 205-1193
    Fax (012) 205-1026
    Cell 082 891 9987
    Email wiening@icon.co.za
    Web Dietmar Weining Art Gallery
  • Unisa Art Gallery
    10h00-15h45 Monday-Friday, 14h30-16h30 Saturday
    Tel (012) 429-6255
    Fax (012) 429-3221
    Email randam@unisa.ac.za
    Web Unisa Art Gallery
  • Irene Market
    Smuts House Museum
    09h00-14h00, second and last Saturday of the month
    Tel (012) 667-1659
    Email irenemkt@mweb.co.za
    Web Irene Village
  • Pretoria Art Museum
    Corner Johan and Schoeman Streets
    10h00-17h00 Monday-Saturday, 13h00-17h00 Sunday
    Tel (012) 344-1807
    Email art.museum@tshwane.gov.za
    Web Pretoria Art Museum
  • Schweickerdt Art Galley
    Brooklyn Circle
    10h00-17h00 Monday-Friday
    Tel (012) 346-5414

Theatre

  • Mamelodi Theatre Organization
    Tel (012) 805-9212
  • State Theatre
    Tel (012) 322-1665
    Fax (012) 322-3913
  • PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal)
    Tel (012) 322-1665
    Fax (012) 322-3913

Adventure

  • Paddle Power
    Tel (011) 794-3098
    Fax (011) 794-3098
    Cell 082 742 1922
    Cell 082 956 3597
  • On-the-Bit Horse Riding
    Plot 73, Melody on the R513. Horse-riding, champagne breakfasts
    Daily, book 24 hours in advance
    Tel (0121) 59-0249
  • The Hot Air Balloon Company
    Tel (01205) 51021

Food

  • Restaurant Meintjieskop
    A-la-carte restaurant, at the Union Buildings, booking essential
    Tel (012) 323-5649
  • The Baker's Dozen
    Tel (012) 344-3197
  • The Ring Wagon Inn
    Hartbeespoort Dam
    Traditional Afrikaans 'boerekos, among ox wagons
    Tel (012) 259-1506

Gay venues

Nature reserves

  • Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
    Corner George Storrar and Melk Streets, Nieuw Muckleneuk. Restaurant - South African cuisine
    07h00-17h00 Saturday-Sunday and public holidays
    Tel (012) 440 8316
    Web Southern African Birding
  • Chamberlain Bird Sanctuary
    Corner of North and Keiser streets, Rietondale. Community-created water habitat to attract indigenous birds
    Daily
    Tel (012) 348-1265
    Web Chamberlain Bird Sanctuary
  • Meyerspark Bird Sanctuary
    Moreleta Spruit, Watermeyer Street, Silverton
    Daily
    Tel (012) 348-1265
  • De Wildt Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre
    Off the R513, no children under 6, booking essential, rare and endangered species - cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena
    08h30-12h00 and 14h00-1630, guided tours 10h00 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    Tel (012) 504-1921
    Email cheetah@dewildt.org.za
    Web De Wildt Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre
  • Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
    General Louis Botha Road, Faerie Glen. Small game, 2-hour hiking trails
    Tel (012) 308-8820
    Web South African Birding
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
    Off the Delmas Road, Elardus Park, Pretoria
    Rhino, antelope and small game, 3 000 ha, fishing - licence and permit from Pretoria City Council
    07h45-18h00 Monday-Friday, 06h00-18h00 Sunday, closed Saturday
    Tel (012) 345-2274
    Web South African Birding

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