Irene Trading Post

The Irene Trading Post is more than just a shop – it's an experience! The store specializes in antiques, novelties, art, gifts and various pieces of locally made furniture. The owners only support small entrepreneurs, artists and crafters – offering visitors and the artists an opportunity to connect. 

Their unusual tea garden aims to inspire and revitalize everyone’s own creative juices. Delicious cakes and light lunches, all home cooked, are on offer. In winter the wood burning stoves are fired up and soups and homemade bread is available. Kids are welcome – the bunnies love being fed.

Zwartkop Country Club

The Zwartkop Country Club boasts one of Pretoria's most beautiful golf courses offering a classic parklands challenge. Trees line the fairways and the Hennops River gently meanders through it.  Although golf is the game of choice, there is also a gym, two bowling greens, a snooker facility, a hair salon, a spa, and facilities for weddings and conferences.

National Cultural History Museum

The National Cultural History Museum houses a large collection of historical documents and archaeological objects dating back to the Stone Age.  There is a San art exhibition with paintings and engravings bearing clues about the belief system of the original inhabitants of South Africa. 

The Hananwa exhibit showcases the Iron Age culture of the Sotho-Tswana people that migrated across the Limpopo River into South Africa over 2,000 years ago.  The Marabastad exhibit displays the flourishing life of urban black communities before Apartheid.  Visitors can walk around the curio shop, listen to talks in the auditorium, or browse through the fascinating collection of books in the library.

Swartkop Air Force Museum

Top Gun aficionados and wannabee pilots shouldn’t miss visiting the Swartkop Air Force Museum at South Africa’s first air force base, AFS Swartkop.  Swartkop Air Force Museum is also host to air shows where visitors can watch a wide range of military and civilian aircraft take to the skies.

Zwartkops Raceway

The most advanced and biggest advanced driver education centre in Africa.  An environmentally friendly 4X4 driver training and vehicle evaluation facility.  The only internationally licensed kart circuit in South Africa – rated as one of the finest in the world. Cars and motorcycles also use the circuit for advanced driver education and product evaluation.  An international FIA High Speed Circuit for motorsport, advanced driver training, product demonstration and testing.

Groenkloof Nature Reserve 4x4 Trail

Groenkloof Nature Reserve 4x4 Trail is set in the nature reserve itself and leads through theFountains Valley. The route is 14 km long and takes about 2 hours to complete – with a braai spot to top it off! This trail can be done all year round and has a grading of 2 to 3. This self-drive track requires a high clearance vehicle. This trail is so convenient being only 2 km from Pretoria.

Cafe Barcelona

Cafe Barcelona is a dynamic live music and entertainment venue offering restaurant and pub facilities. For over 10 years Cafe Barcelona has supported the music scene embracing famous names as well as unknown bands.  Some well-known perfomers include The Parlotones, Karen Zoid, Arno Carstens, Albert Frost, Valiant Swart, Fokofpolisiekar, 16 Stitch, Watershed, Louise Carver, Koos Kombuis, Jan Blohm, Jackhammer and many more.

Voortrekker Monument

Much of South Africa’s architectural heritage goes far beyond broekie-lace and gables. The austere Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria pays homage to the gritty trekkers who deserted the Cape Colony in the mid 1800s. 

The entire 62-metre high structure is loaded with symbolism, from the assegai motif entrance, to the rippling patterns and friezes of the ‘Hall of Heroes’ and the 64 laager wagons surrounding the building. There’s even an opening in the dome roof that allows the sun’s rays to light up the cenotaph every year at 12 noon, 16 December. In essence, the monument functions as a giant sundial.  Situated on top of Skanskop and within a nature reserve, the monument boasts lovely views of Pretoria. Shops, a restaurant, art gallery and various activities including horse rides are on offer.

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

The Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary lies in the heart of Pretoria and is a popular weekend picnic spot for families. Named after the renowned ornithologist, J Austin Roberts, the sanctuary is situated within the Walkerspruit System where two streams flow into wetland basins, attracting numerous birds.

Melrose House Museum

Melrose House was built in 1886 and used as the headquarters for the British military during the Anglo Boer War. The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging ending the war was signed at Melrose House in 1902.  The house is furnished in a typical Victorian style with lavish carpeting, stained glass windows, and decorative ceiling panels.  Visitors can enjoy a light meal and a drink at the tea garden situated in the stables at Melrose House.