Things To Do
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.
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The National Cultural History Museum houses a large collection of historical documents and archaeological objects dating back to the Stone Age.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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.