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Things to do in Pretoria

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“The Voortrekker Monument is 40 meters high, and shares an architectural resemblance with European monuments and contains African influences. The two main points of interest inside the building are the Historical Frieze and the Cenotaph.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The well known Shopping Mall offers many attractions like live entertainment, movies, restaurants, shopping and many more.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Seat of government and many historical monuments, including huge Madiba statue”
  • 23 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful environmental setting for some relaxing down time. This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs not to far down the road. It plays host to outdoor festivals and concerts.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is situated 14km from Menlyn Maine Central Square. 3 800 ha of endangered bankenveld grassland includes open plains and undulating hills. The vlei areas and tributary streams support the Rietvlei Dam. An estimated 1 600 head of game, including cheetah, rhino, buffalo, blesbuck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell's zebra, hippo, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbuck, mountain reedbuck, steenbuck, black-backed jackal, and grey duiker can be viewed here.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Whether you're a mountain biker, 4x4 adventurer, hiker or just wanting to go somewhere for a braai, grownkloof nature reserve has loads to offer. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Conveniently located - near to University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, Waterfkloof, Embassies.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“Best kept gardens in Gauteng. Iconic scenes and stunning views over Pretoria. Romantic and budget friendly outing. Lots of tourist. A 10 min drive from The Penthouse.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Pretoria Zoo, more formally known as the National Zoological Gardens is a great spot for families, students, school groups and tourists alike. This 85-hectare zoo is home to thousands of species including mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. If you hadn’t already guessed, it is the largest zoo of its kind in South Africa. This is one of the reasons it has been named the national zoo of South Africa. You need not drive for hours outside of the city for this super cool outing. The Pretoria Zoo is situated just 5 minutes outside of Central Pretoria. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Casino
“Whether you're a first-time gamer or a pro at poker, Time Square has been created to offer you unforgettable entertainment in Pretoria East. With 2 000 slots, over 60 tables and stretching over two floors, Time Square is set to be one of Africa's most exciting casinos. Expect new and thrilling slot games with themes like Game of Thrones, Buffalo Stampede and Pixie Wishes — never seen before in South Africa and exclusive to Sun International.”
  • 15 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“This family-run dairy farm is a country gem where you can stroll along straw pathways. The Dairy Shop sells fresh farm milk, a wide range of farm products, baked goods, and Irene Dairy’s indulgent clotted cream. There are also daytime dining options. Fifteen kilometers from Menlyn Maine. Tripadvisor 4/5 - 010120”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Al the shops and entertainement you need under one roof, also has an Ice Rink and movie theatres”
  • 16 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“This divine food market is open every Saturday until 2pm. It offers a wide variety of delicious food, artisan breads etc. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Coffee Shops, lunches and hanging out place. Also has banks, Popular Supermarkets”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African Government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located in Pretoria, atop Meintjieskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. The large gardens of the Buildings are nestled between Government Avenue, Vermeulen Street East, Church Street, the R104 and Blackwood Street.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Landmark
“Impressive architecture, beautiful views and a well told multi media story of my peeps and how we ended up where we ended up. The good and the bad. A world class experience. Immerse yourself in Afrikaner culture while filling your tummy with traditional fare and book a buffet lunch. Sundays only. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“Whether you're a first-time gamer or a pro at poker, Time Square has been created to offer you unforgettable entertainment in Pretoria East. With 2 000 slots, over 60 tables and stretching over two floors, Time Square is set to be one of Africa's most exciting casinos. Expect new and thrilling slot games with themes like Game of Thrones, Buffalo Stampede and Pixie Wishes — never seen before in South Africa and exclusive to Sun International.”
  • 15 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“This family-run dairy farm is a country gem where you can stroll along straw pathways. The Dairy Shop sells fresh farm milk, a wide range of farm products, baked goods, and Irene Dairy’s indulgent clotted cream. There are also daytime dining options. Fifteen kilometers from Menlyn Maine. Tripadvisor 4/5 - 010120”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For all your nightlife and beers needs. Has plenty of brands of international and local beers”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Watch the Blue Crane, our National bird and other water birds while enjoying a meal or just coffee.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Probably the most popular place in Pretoria right now, always a buzz and they serve an array of amazing, mostly Mediterranean tapas. Their Gin menu has gins most people have never even heard of”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great, busy eclectic gastro-pub with best veggie burgers in town only 10 minutes drive from house.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wider variety and assortment of cuisines on menu,very good food presentation and service throughout.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern family-friendly eatery offering burgers, pizza, pasta and grills, plus themed foodie events. Excellent Banting Menu. (www.cocobistro.co.za)”
  • 4 locals recommend

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