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Sammy Marks House

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Address: Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 12 790 2302
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A fascinating peek into Victorian life

This was a most enjoyable visit and our enthusiastic and informative guide, Abraham, really made the house come alive for us. We could have spent far longer there than the one and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Antal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a most enjoyable visit and our enthusiastic and informative guide, Abraham, really made the house come alive for us. We could have spent far longer there than the one and half hours allotted for our tour.

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Thank Antal
Pretoria, South Africa
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was around 17h00 when we had a family photo shoot at this venue, the pictures are very lovely. We enjoyed being there and would recommend this venue at any given time!

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Thank Tinyiko M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

An inspiring and simultaneously sad story of immense self-made wealth. An uneducated man who built a business empire from scratch and significantly influenced the political landscape of what is now South Africa. Curiously, most South Africans have never heard of him, and his great grandchildren had until recently no idea of his legacy. The restaurant is simple and friendly. Service... More 

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South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Very interesting history of luxury living in early Pretoria. Tea garden. Easy access. Need car to get there (few kilometers out of Pretoria).

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Thank InkieSouthAfrica
Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Sammy Marks was one of the riches men in Sth Africa when he died. The house is in very good condition (certainly some rooms need repairs) - but what I found fascinating 98% of what is in the house - is from Sammy's time. It looks like he has left the house for the day and you are just snooping... More 

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Thank Christinebrissygirl
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I have been here so many times and every time I have enjoyed the beauty of the place. I have done many tours as well and never found the boring, even though I have heard it and seen it so many times. The food is nice as well. It is a very nice place to take overseas visitors and a... More 

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Thank 204mads
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is a museum depicting the life of a simple person who came to South Africa with only the bare minimum (a set of knives) and eventually became one of the most influential and wealthy persons in the area. Allthough there are areas which constantly needs restoration, We have visited the Sammy Marks House on several occasions and always find... More 

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Thank Willie P
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Well worth the drive out to the east, a beautiful Victorian house of an important part of Pretoria's past. It is set in the original farmstead and gardens and beautifully preserved albeit on a shoestring due to little to no Governmental funding. Thus even the cost of the picnic basket will help in preserving this wonderfully retained memory.

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Thank tripaPretoria
Johannesburg
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is an excellent museum that takes you back into the early history of the gold in Johannesburg. Sammy Marks, a confidant and friend of President Paul Kruger wish was that his house should stay as is for 4 generations after his death. Today, this house museum is a fascinating return to earlier times. Ablutions are available and make pre... More 

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Thank Catz T
Witbank, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Make it a special outing and do everything possible. Visit the house (museum) and order a picnic basket from the restaurant. The guides are well informed and if you are lucky, you could have a discussion with one of the in-house ghosts. Make a reservation on week-ends as it could get busy and the chef only prepare so many chickens.

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