11 Things you have to do whilst in Tshwane

Tshwane has so much to offer. These are just some things you have to do while you visit our beautiful capital city.

1 Go to the World Choir Village, meet the locals and buy local products at markets

The World Choir Village will be the central hub of the Games. Not only will there be 3 friendship concerts hosted here, but for the 11 days of the World Choir Games, the village will consist of art, design and crafts stalls, a collection of gourmet food trucks, a full bar service with local craft beers, wine, cocktails and good coffee! There will be big screens with live choir and soccer feeds, performances by local musicians and so much more. The Village is hosted by Market@theSheds which was recently voted the number one fun thing to do in Tshwane. Other markets worth trying out in and around the city include Hazel Food Market, TripSwitch Market, Irene Village Market and Pretoria Boeremark.

2 Enjoy a safari experience at Dinokeng Game Reserve!

This is the only residential game reserve in an urban area in the country and possibly in the world. There’s plenty of caravan sites, self-catering, tented and fully catered accommodation. Highlights of the myriad of available activities include game drives, boat cruises, hot air ballooning, quad biking, culinary and spa experiences. Located in the north of Pretoria approximately 25 minutes from Wonderboom airport, the game reserve is perfect for a weekend safari getaway without having to travel too far.

3 Get your game on at the Menlyn Time square!

Forming a prominent part of the greater Menlyn Maine precinct, Time Square is the second largest casino development in South Africa to date and the biggest development in the hospitality, gaming and leisure industry in Tshwane. The Square features uninterrupted gaming complemented by world-class restaurants, a 3 to 5 star hotel development as well as the Sun Arena – one of the biggest meetings, entertainment and music venues in Gauteng.

4 Explore South African history!

Freedom Park celebrates South African history by deepening our understanding of South Africa from the dawn of humanity, through pre-colonial, colonial, apartheid history to the post-apartheid South Africa of today. It’s a museum institution dedicated to chronicling and honouring the many who contributed to South Africa’s liberation. Then there’s also the National Museum of Natural History that displays African animal skeletons with fossils, including a fossilized skull and bird collection.

5 Hop aboard a steam train to Cullinan

Friends of the Rail offers fun vintage steam train outings for the entire family, bringing back the old South African railway history and technology alive in a living museum that is located in a real working railway environment. The train ride promises an absorbing educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. The Tshwane Xplorer lets you see the city as never seen from the road, while the vintage steam train goes as far as Rayton, Cullinan and Bela Bela with interesting stops and a buffet lunch along the way.

6 Explore the National Heritage Monument's Long Walk to Freedom Sculpture Park and spot wildlife whilst you there!

The Groenkloof Nature Reserve is slap-bang in the middle of the city located near the Fountains Valley, which is a popular escape for locals. The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable. There is abundant bird life as well. In the middle of the reserve, you’ll find a must visit – the National Heritage Monument.

Nelson Mandela Sculpture Artist: Xhanti Mpakama & Barry Jackson
Albertina Sisulu Sculpture Artist: Tania Lee
Oliver Reginald Tambo Sculpture Artist: Zelda Stroud

The heritage monument is made up of 50 figures of anti-apartheid struggle heroes, collectively known as the Long Walk to Freedom. The range of figures reflects the history of liberation from anti-colonial wars to modern freedom fighters. It’s a new installation and was established as an extensive urban public art and a one-of-a-kind heritage initiative to benefit all South Africans.

7 Grab a photo op with Mandela at the Union Buildings!

The Union Buildings is the official seat of the South African government. It is also the site of President Mandela’s inauguration in 1994, which saw the dawn of a new era in South Africa. After his passing a 9 metre tall bronze statue in the gardens was unveiled and is the tallest figurative sculpture of Mandela in existence, depicting the former president with a smile on his face and his arms outstretched as if embracing the nation.

8 Tour Mamelodi on a bike!

Mamelodi is one of South Africa's oldest townships. Guided bicycle tours of the area will take you on a cultural journey, dubbed the Mamelodi Heritage Experience. The tours can be customised to the size and interests of the groups, and feature visits to a community centre, museum and village.

Looking for a unique foodie experience? The tours can include stops at local eateries and taverns, as well as a few homes, where you'll be able to sample local flavours. Night owls can stay to enjoy the nightlife and experience “Mamelodi After Dark”.


9 Visit the Ndebele Cultural Village

By © Pierre André from Wikimedia Commons

The Ndebele Village of “Mapoch” is situated 40 km West outside Pretoria. YOU could be living within the community of Mapoch. The village inhabitants still live in a traditional manner and practice their time-old customs, despite the influence of modernisation. The village is relatively un-commercialised and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself and experience life from a unique perspective.

10 Visit Cullinan!

The attractive little village of Cullinan, about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria, was a pioneering mining settlement that made its name with the discovery in 1905 of the world’s biggest diamond, the 3 106-carat Cullinan Diamond.

Richly lined with both Jacarandas and Oak trees, Cullinan’s main street (Oak Avenue) is a living museum and favourite destination amongst tourists. Whether you’re looking to spend some cash in one of the little shops, or enjoy a delicious lunch with friends or take a lazy stroll down the historical street, there is much to see and do in Oak Avenue.

The Cullinan Diamond Mine, probably the most popular attraction in Cullinan, offers visitors an informative glimpse into the operations and history of this historic mine where the world’s biggest diamond was found in 1905. When visiting the Diamond Mine, one should definitely make time to spend in the surrounding small Victorian town itself as well, exploring it’s rich history and breathtaking charm.


11 Retail experience like no other!

Have a retail experience at some of the largest and modern shopping malls in the southern hemisphere.  If you enjoy your shopping with everything under one roof, you will not be disappointed by what our shopping centres have to offer. The larger shopping malls in Pretoria aren’t just home to the better-known chain stores but most have a great selection of specialist shops that sell locally handcrafted items, which make for great souvenirs of your stay in Pretoria. Also on offer in our malls are restaurants and entertainment venues such as cinemas, ice skating, bowling, go-cart racing and mini golf all in one shopping experience.