Affectionately referred to as ‘Jacaranda City’, due to its thousands of lilac-bloomed jacaranda trees that line the streets, parks and gardens of this city, Pretoria is one of South Africa’s most-loved cities. Located about 50km north of Johannesburg and surrounded by the foothills of the Magaliesburg Mountains, the city of Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital and home to government departments, ministries, foreign embassies and diplomatic missions- thereby earning the reputation of South Africa’s “seat of power”.
There are so many notable attractions in Pretoria, it would be impossible to mention them all. However, some of Pretoria’s highlights include, The Voortrekker Monument, which is a national heritage site commemorating the men and women who participated in the Great Trek and the Anglo-Boer War; Mahlamba Ndopfu, the President’s residence in Pretoria; the South African Reserve Bank; Loftus Versfeld, the famous sports stadium; as well as the South African State Theatre. Buildings in Pretoria feature a notable colonial influence, with touches of art-deco and South African architecture, thereby emphasising the culturally-mixed nature of Pretoria’s society.
Some of the often-ignored aspects of Pretoria is its nature reserves, such as Groenkloof, Rietvlei and Wonderboom Nature Reserve, its museums, such as the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History, as well as its historical monuments, such as Freedom Park on Salvokop which is a monument to South African democracy.
If you are thinking of buying a home in the Jacaranda City, you are not alone. Pretoria boasts an incredible community culture and a commitment to preserving the fruits of democracy which is a drawing card for thousands of families searching for a city to call their own.
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