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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
“Afrikaner museum designed by Gerard Moerdijk and not to be missed,on 16th of each December every year at noon the sun will shine from above on the in scripted cenotaph.”
  • 41 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.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Menlyn mall has every shop you can think of in one place,when tired from shopping there is always movies or restaurants!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Seat of government and many historical monuments, including huge Madiba statue”
  • 24 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Situated in the heart of Pretoria's cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs, Brooklyn Mall and Brooklyn Square combine all the components to create a vibrant hub of activity for the Capital's most prestigious neighbourhood. Brooklyn Mall and Brooklyn Square offer customers the convenience of one-stop-shopping catering to the requirements of the most discerning shopper. A full complement of national retailers along with approximately 220 specialist retail stores provides the very best luxuries and shopping of choice. There is also an assortment of restaurants and coffee bars satisfying an astute palette. - Hours: Monday: 9am–7pm Tuesday: 9am–7pm Wednesday: 9am–7pm Thursday: 9am–7pm Friday: 9am–7pm Saturday: 9am–5pm Sunday: 9am–5pm”
  • 11 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. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Situated 18km from the centre of Tshwane, the 3 800-hectare Rietvlei Nature Reserve surrounds the magnificent Rietvlei Dam which supplies Pretoria with 15% of its water. The reserve comprises endangered Bankenveld grassland and is home to approximately 2 000 animals including cheetah, leopard, buffalo, white rhino and a host of buck, making it one of the better populated game reserves in Gauteng. The bird watching is remarkable with two dams on the reserve with bird hides which provide open water and wetland habitats. Activities at the dam include freshwater fishing (catfish, yellowfish, carp and tilapia), which is allowed at the northern and western shores and a variety of non-motorised water sports, which operate from the yacht club, located on the north-western shore. Guided one and two day hiking and horse trails can be arranged and guided game drives through the reserve are also available (note visitors must provide their own vehicles, advance booking required). The reserve has about 60km of well-maintained tar and dirt roads that allow for great game viewing. Look out for cheetah, rhino, leopard, buffalo, blesbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbok, mountain reedbuck, steenbok and grey duiker. It is possible to stay overnight at the park in the Rietvlei campsite, although this must be booked in advance. If you're looking for activity filled getaways in Gauteng then a visit to Rietvlei Nature Reserve provides just that ”
  • 28 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. ”
  • 20 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.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Wide variety of shops close to 58@FarmRoad. Mall Trading Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00-19:30 Saturday 9:00-18:00 Sunday 9:00-17:00”
  • 15 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“It has an open, sunny and open air restaurant seating, which is very pleasant.”
  • 10 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“Visit the Irene Dairy Farm, this farm was purchased in 1896 by Bertie van der Byl and renamed it after his daughter.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Casino
“Pretoria’s Biggest Entertainment Hub Time Square at Menlyn Maine is the largest casino in Pretoria offering premium gaming experiences. Take Lady Luck for a spin on one of the roulette tables or try your hand at blackjack, baccarat or poker. If you’re looking for things to do in Pretoria, you’re spoilt for choice! From side-splitting comedy shows and world-class stage productions to wining and dining, we have it all.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“One of the best food markets around. Only 10 minutes away. Open every Saturday from 9am to 1 pm.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Landmark
“Rich heritage of South Africa, capturing one of the biggest events ever to take place in SA. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Trail
“Beautiful, indigenous plants, birds and animals to be seen. Various walkways to chose from. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

African Restaurant
“Visit the Irene Dairy Farm, this farm was purchased in 1896 by Bertie van der Byl and renamed it after his daughter.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Casino
“Pretoria’s Biggest Entertainment Hub Time Square at Menlyn Maine is the largest casino in Pretoria offering premium gaming experiences. Take Lady Luck for a spin on one of the roulette tables or try your hand at blackjack, baccarat or poker. If you’re looking for things to do in Pretoria, you’re spoilt for choice! From side-splitting comedy shows and world-class stage productions to wining and dining, we have it all.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Capital Craft is home to a selection of over 350 beers from all over he world, including very rare kinds of gin and trappist beer. Highly recommended craft food. ”
  • 16 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”
  • 7 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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