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Pretoria: Private City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

1. Pretoria: Private City Tour and Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

pickup at 8:00 am Pretoria tour with 4 main highlight 9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument. a monument with a the granite structure is located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Vootrekkers who left Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. 10:00 am Kruger house. the historical president house of the Boer leader and president of south African Republic, Paul kruger. 10:45 am Church Square. Originally Market square, is the the square at the historic centre of the city of Pretoria. statues of four anonymous Boer citizen-soldiers surround that of kruger on a lower level of the plinth. 11:15 am union building. the imposing buildings at the north of Arcadia, close to Church square it can be seen form the Voortrekker monument. it used as the presidential house and office. lunch (optional) 40 minutes drive to Cullinan mine. 2:00 tour in Cullinan. Cullinan is small town in the Gauteng province. it is located 30 km east of Pretoria along the diamond route . the Cullinan diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.16 carats(621.35 g) discovered at the Premier No.2 mine in Cullinan at 26 January 1905. 4:00 trop off to the pick up point

From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

2. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Guided City Tour

Discover Pretoria on a half-day tour of the city. Visit the most significant historical monuments and learn the history behind the city that was once the capital of the South African Republic and today serves as the official seat of the South African Government. Start your private tour with a convenient hotel pickup and head to your first stop on your sightseeing tour of Pretoria, the Voortrekker Monument. Delve into the history of South Africa's pioneers and learn about the principal event in the Afrikaners' history, the Great Trek. View the sculptures that portray the long journey the Dutch-speaking settlers embarked on when they left the Cape Colony to migrate to the interior of the country in 1835. The next stop on your tour is the Kruger Museum. Travel back in time as you explore the original home of Paul Kruger, President of the former Transvaal Boer Republic. See the exhibitions that illustrate his struggle for freedom from British Imperialism, his journey to Europe, and his exile. Head to Church Square for your next stop. Learn about the history and significance of this location and its surrounding buildings, including the Palace of Justice. End your tour on a high note with a stop at the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African Government. These buildings also house the offices of the President of South Africa. 

Pretoria Historical Tour - 8 Hours

3. Pretoria Historical Tour - 8 Hours

Our tour commences with a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, the most popular heritage site in Gauteng. It was constructed to honour the history of the Afrikaner pioneers, (the Great Trek) The corner stone of this majestic building was laid after which it was inaugurated. The Monument is situated within a beautiful two hundred and fifty ha nature reserve to the south of the city. Within the Hall of Heroes, the worlds longest historical frieze can be seen which depicts the historical events of the early pioneers. Our second stop is at Fort Schanskop. After the Jameson Raid the government of President Kruger deemed it necessary to create a defense plan for Pretoria to protect the town from possible foreign invasion. The plan of two German engineers , Otto Albert von Dewitz and Heinrich C Werner was excepted. Fort Schanskop was the first of the four forts surrounding Pretoria to be constructed and was completed and handed over to the government. With the outbreak of the Anglo Boer War, both the garrison and the armament were reduced. Pretoria was invaded by the British Army under the command of Lord Roberts and the forts were taken over by the British. Our tour takes us to Pretoria city where we visit Melrose house, the beautiful Victorian mansion which belonged to George Hays. The house was designed by W T Vale, and construction and took one year to complete. After the annexation of Pretoria, the house became the Headquarters of the British Army. Both Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener would use the house as their residence. The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed in the Dining Room of the house bringing an end to the Anglo Boer War. The Kruger House was the official residence of President Paul Kruger. The house was built by Charles Clark in the eighteen hundreds. Due to the poor quality of cement at the time, milk was used to mix the mortar during the construction. Before the British occupation of Pretoria, President Paul Kruger left the capital by train for Lourenco Marques to sail for Europe to raise support for the Boer cause. President Kruger eventually went into exile in Switzerland From the Kruger House, we drive to Church Square. Here I will explain the history of Church Square and the history surrounding each of the buildings. The Paul Kruger statue situated n the centre of the square, depicts President Paul Kruger, the President of the South African Republic. The statue is surrounded by four unnamed Boer soldiers. This statue was sculpted by Anton van Wouw and was placed in its current position. The Union Buildings is the official seat of the South African government and the office of the State President of South Africa. Built from light sandstone, it was originally designed by Sir Herbert Baker. Altogether, a one thousand two hundred and sixty five artisans, workmen and labourers were assigned to the work which took almost three years to complete.

Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

4. Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument 10:00 am Kruger House 10:45 am Church Square 11:00 am passing through the CBD 11:30 am Union Building 12:45 pm Apartheid Museum 2:00 pm Soweto visiting the world cup stadium, the biggest hospital in Africa, Soweto towers, Vilakazi Street (Tutu and Mandela's Street), Mandela's house, and Hector Pieterson Square, optional visit of the poorest place of Soweto

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