For history buffs there is so much to see and do in Pretoria – if you love cultural activities, visiting art museums or enjoy all things history related, you will be spoilt for choice.
Whether you are staying for a short period or longer, Bruna’s Italian upmarket apartments will cross all the “t’s” and dot all the “I’s”. Additionally, for those visitors looking for transport, you can get a 10% discount on EZ Shuttles that will get you wherever you want to go in and around Pretoria.
Students, couples, business travellers – we have you covered with our world-class facilities where you can slip between crisp, Egyptian cotton sheets after a day wandering through the jacaranda-lined streets of South Africa’s capital city. It makes no difference what you love to do – beautiful views, pristine surroundings – your room with a view has it all and more.
The Voortrekker Monument
The imposing Voortrekker Monument, built from granite standing 40ms tall, is situated on a hilltop in the middle of the 240 ha Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve. The monument is a tribute to commemorate the Voortrekkers that fled the British, leaving the Cape between 1835 and 1854. A visit to the Cenotaph Hall is worth your while, as it is decorated with various Voortrekker flags and boasts a glass display of artefacts from this period. The Voortrekker Monument is one of South Africa’s most popular and oft-visited heritage sites.
Be sure to visit the Wall of Remembrance, located in the majestic gardens of the Voortrekker Museum; a dedication to the fallen members of the SA Defence Force, and be sure to take in the majestic views that stretch from one end of Pretoria to the next.
The Union Buildings Pretoria
The Union Buildings is home to the offices of the South African Government. The awe-inspiring terraced gardens offer views that stretch forever over the city of Tshwane – be sure to visit the exquisite 9m tall statue of Nelson Mandela on the Union Building grounds.
The Smuts Museum
Smuts House Museum is an unassuming yet important historical landmark in the charming Pretoria suburb of Irene and is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Gauteng. This simple wooden farmhouse is ensconced in a beautiful natural park planted with indigenous shrubs and trees – the original house being the residence of the then prime minister, General Jan Smuts, who was passionate about botany. Enjoy a cup of tea in the shade of the impressive trees once you have browsed through the museum.
Other spots to visit that might be of historical interest include:
- Freedom Park Heritage Site and Museum
- Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site
- Melrose House Museum
Be sure to book your overnight accommodation at Bruna’s Italian for some authentic Italian hospitality – and history nuts will not be disappointed with so much to see and do. Bruna’s Italian Apartments offers wonderful accommodation; a lovely spot at the top of the hill where your views will stretch forever over a purple wonderland during the jacaranda season. Life does not get more comfortable than Bruna’s chic apartments where the Olivio and Clara Suites offer guests everything that opens and shuts in the way of comfort.