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A Day in Pretoria

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Transvaal Museum

Traansvaal Museum is a natural science museum houses the finest selection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects as well as displays of fossils, and pre-historic human and geological findings. Near to several major archaeological dig sites, this area holds a wealth of artifacts to peruse. The museum hosts field trips where visitors get to touch some of the exhibits. Free lectures (but donations are welcome) are regularly held here. Call for more details.

Pretoria, South Africa
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Union Buildings

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, these landmarks stand majestically on Meintjieskop, overlooking Pretoria. The buildings have a semi-circular amphitheater, and were completed in 1913, at a cost of GBP1,180,000. The East and West sides represent two languages, English and Afrikaans. On the grounds are the Delville Wood War Memorial, a tribute to South African troops who died during the First World War, statues of South African prime Ministers and a police memorial. Guests are not allowed inside the buildings, but they are welcome to enjoy the surrounding sites and the beautiful sprawling gardens.

Pretoria, South Africa
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Voortrekker Monument

This massive granite building was built as a national shrine to commemorate the heroes of the epic Great Trek of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. The four walls of the Hall of Heroes, which is the main body of the building, are decorated with an Italian frieze depicting the history of the Great Trek in 1838, when Afrikaaners left Cape Town for the hinterland. One of the most interesting features of the monument is the 260-step stairway which leads to the dome, and the spectacular view it offers of the city.

Pretoria, South Africa
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Ndebele Village

Situated close to the Mpumalanga Province, this tribal village is definitely worth a trip. Not only will you get to see and buy fascinating art works, you also get to learn about the way of life of the Ndebele people. All of the artworks in the village are hand-made and beautifully painted with vibrant African colors. Items for sale range from spears and shields, to African clay pots and accessories. A common field trip for local children, it is an interesting outing for individuals of all ages.

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