offers all the attractions of a main city.
Pretoria's first park, established in 1882.
The Fountains Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1895, claimed to be the first in
is a Victorian period house of a sumptuous lifestyle.
- Paul Kruger museum is in the house of President Paul Kruger of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.
- Melrose House, built in 1886, is an example of Victorian lifestyle.
hosts paintings of South African artists.
Museum has an exhibit of the artist Pierneef.
- Van Wouw House was the home of sculptor Anton van Wouw, and exhibits some of his work.
- Museum of
Science and Technology has exhibits in which visitors can participate.
- Pretoria Zoo (the National Zoological Gardens) is the largest zoo in
South Africa and with an aquarium.
- State Theatre, consisting of several theatres, productions ranges from opera to jazz to ballet, drama and cabaret.
- Wonderboom Nature Reserve, just north of the Pretoria Zoo, is a giant fig tree of about 1'000 years old, and which grows over an area of 0,5Ha.
The first known settlement at this location was by the Ndebele tribe, in the early 1600s. They were refugees and originally known as the Matebele, which means Refugees. Around 1825 a second group of refugees settled here. They were Zulus under the leadership of Mzilikazi, who built a village on the banks of the stream (now called
River) running through the area. In 1832 a Zulu army drove these settlers away and the fled north of the
River to the present
Zimbabwe. In 1837 Dutch-Afrikaans pioneers arrived and found only a few Ndebele who were generally in hiding. He pioneers began farming on the banks of the stream.
In 1854 Marthinus Wessel Pretorius bought portions of the farm Elandspoort and a church was built on the spot today known as Church square
. On Church square there are several buildings built in the late 1800s style: Raadsaal (Council Hall of the Zuid-Afrikaanche Republiek),
Justice, now home of the Supreme Court, Post Office, old Reserve Bank.
The first suburb was
Arcadia at the foot of Meintjieskop, on which the Union Buildings were built.
Pretoria became a municipality in 1903.
Johannesburg International Airport
, approximately 65km (45-minute) drive from Casta Diva, transfers available by arrangement.
, approximately 15km (10-minute) drive from Casta Diva, transfers available by arrangement.
Flights from Pretoria (Wonderboom Airport) to Cape Town.
What to do in the area of Casta Diva
Hot air ballooning by arrangement
Paul Kruger House
and the Lost City
Pilanusberg Nature Reserve
The Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind is unique in that since 1947, there have been great scientific discoveries, which have been a breakthrough in the search of the origins of humankind. These include a 3.3 million year old ancestor of humankind, stone tools dating back some 2 million years and the world's most perfect pre-human skull ever found - affectionately known as Mrs Ples. There are twelve explored sites within the Cradle of Humankind area including the
Caves. Aside from the rich anthropological value of the area, the Cradle of Humankind also boasts game reserves, a show cave which dates back 2 200 million years ago, and the first gold mine on the
www.thecradle.co.za E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 957 0244.
Blaauwbank Historical Gold Mine
Built around 1902 toward the end of the Boer War. Visit the oldest Gold Mine in
Gauteng for the experience of a lifetime!
Tel: 011 396 1120
Van Gaalen Kaasmaker' / cheese factory
Open 7 days a week. On the farm they produce cheese according to Old Dutch traditions and recipes. They offer guided tours in which they show the process of cheese making. A unique variety of cheese is available at their farm shop, as well as odds and ends. Shadowed by the magnificent Magalies, enjoy a superb view including a dam, which abundant bird life visits, whilst having breakfast or a cheese lunch. Bookings are essential. Tel: 012 207 1289.
Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safaris
Bookings are essential for this unique experience, which is an elegant, eccentric adventure in space and time, hovering at tree top height while you wave to local farmers below. Your pilot will also take you soaring high among the clouds and whilst you drift along slowly, your "720" degree wrap-around panoramic view of the
Valley will leave you breathless.
Tel: 012 705 3201.
Magalies Gliding Club
The club has around 200 members and offers introductory rides to casual visitors and potential new members. Weekday flying can be arranged.
Cell: 083 526 6966.