10 things to do in Pretoria

  1. The Union Buildings in Pretoria are the seat of the South African Government, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. While the buildings themselves are inaccessible, the public is free to explore the gardens and explore the statues scattered around the grounds, including one of a smiling Nelson Mandela. http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/content/union-buildings
  2. Duncan Yard in Hatfield is a warren of interlinked alleyways and courtyards with an array of cafes, unusual boutiques and gift stores. Shop for unique Bohemian-feel local fashion, colourful handmade fabrics, jewellery and accessories sourced from India and Thailand, antiques and vintage items. And when you’re shopped out, take a seat at Papa’s Real Food for refreshments. https://www.facebook.com/duncanyard/
  3. Get a better understanding of the modern-day realities faced by farm animals with a tour of Ashers Farm Sanctuary. The rescued residents at love receiving visitors. Afterwards, visit Asher’s Corner Café for a 100% guilt-free vegan meal, where all proceeds go towards running the farm. https://www.ashersfarmsanctuary.org/
  4. Situated on 16th Street in Hazelwood, The Village incorporates a plethora of eateries inspired by is the leafy-sidewalk suburban dining associated with Parkhurst, Melville, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. While away an afternoon over lunch or be part of the night-time vibe at one of the many restaurants. https://www.facebook.com/thevillagehazelwood/
  5. Klapperkop Nature Reserve, in the heart of Pretoria, offers not only panoramic views of the city, it’s also a popular spot for joggers, cyclists and mountain bikers. And with the introduction of game, you can take a quick self-guided game drive looking for zebra, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest. If you’re really lucky, you could spot mongoose, hedgehogs, hares and porcupines. http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/NatureConservation/Pages/Klapperkop-Nature-Reserve.aspx
  6. If you’re struck by a fine dining craving, give Blu Saffron a try. Situated at the Pretoria Country Club, its four private dining rooms, two lounges, bar and main dining area are open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/pg/blusaffron1/about/?ref=page_internal
  7. Camera obscura literally means dark room. And that is exactly what you will experience when you visit the Camera Obscura at the University of Pretoria – a dark room with an instrument consisting of lenses and plane mirrors. When you book a tour, Sci-Enza staff will explain and demonstrate the device as well its predecessor, the pinhole camera. https://www.up.ac.za/sci-enza-hands-on-science-wetenskap-in-aksie/article/24317/camera-obscura
  8. On the last Saturday of the month, Market@theShed opens to the public with local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and musicians providing a fun day out. Enjoy more than 60 stands, seven live performers, pop-up art exhibitions, creative activations and an open stage where local artists create a laid-back, acoustic, jazzy atmosphere. http://www.marketatthesheds.co.za/
  9. Early risers are in for a treat at the Boeremark Farmers Market, which opens at 05h30 on Saturday mornings. Shop for fresh fruit, veggies and home-baked goodies, spices, herbs, dry fruits, nuts, handmade clothing, jewellery, steel art, woodworking items and a wide variety of other art forms. http://www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za/
  10. For lovers of craft beer, Capital Craft is the place to go. With branches in Menlo Park and Centurion, you can pair a unique beer with a tasty meal for a reasonable price. https://www.capitalcraft.co.za/