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Government Ave, Pretoria, South Africa
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All reviews mandela statue sir herbert baker huge statue jacaranda trees beautiful building great view of the city take pictures capital city south africa full bloom visiting pretoria well worth the visit voortrekker monument nelson government architecture madiba
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Trip for learners and educators an educational tour ineed it was a great tour for both educators and learner as we learnt a lot starting from the surrounding the government department and the ministers the place were the president was inaugurated

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Whilst it was great to see the union buildings it was disappointing not to be able to go in and look around. The gardens are nice but need attention.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Took my mom and friends on a tour of the union buildings garden. It's lovely on a Sunday afternoon. It's dog friendly, the photographers that hang out at the madiba statue are very good at getting the angles right, only downside is that there's alot...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What used to be a place with great lawns and gardens is now just a nice building steeped in history. Not worth much more than a casual drive by.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit for an hour or so, the grounds are nice to walk around and the statue of Mandela is very impressive. I was disappointed that you couldn’t actually visit the buildings close up but still a nice place to visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank janekervin1
Reviewed 1 week ago

My latest visit with foreign visitors was disappointing. The gardens weren't well kept, the lawns were dry and neglected.. it is supposed to be a tourist attraction, but it is actually a disgrace.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A phew years ago this was the best pick nic spot for a Sunday picnic after church, nou it seems to be the loca rubbish bin it is sad to see, would not recommend to go there with a family its also not a safe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 138sharonj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Union Buildings are South Africa's Capitol, so I expected to walk into the buildings to take photos, like in Washington DC, but no, not possible. The security is so tight, I couldn't get past the 2 feet inside the doorway. So I spent my...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bseo-pero
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recently, I have noticed that littering is becoming a norm, especially at the section where Mandela statue is situated. This is caused by, mostly group visitors especially local tourists. And it is also aggravated by ice cram vendors, who do not show any care for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Breamworthy Wal... M
Reviewed November 9, 2018

I have visited the Union Buildings one Sunday afternoon a while ago. What a lovely surprise (except for the gardens that looked a little bit sad - but keep in mind it was right after winter and a very dry season). Three couples got married...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Debbie F
July 5, 2018|
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Response from oratilemachete | Reviewed this property |
yes you can and the is no fee charged
January 21, 2016|
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Response from HafsaPretoria | Reviewed this property |
There is street parking all around. With car guards to keep an eye on your vehicle
August 18, 2015|
Response from Breamworthy Wal... M |
There is no need to book, the place is open to public except the government offices side. However, I suggest you move as group and do not carry any valuable items in the evening, My TIP- Always be observant of individuals... More
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Trip report - August 2017 (13 Replies)
I've written trip reports on here for previous trips abroad so thought I would for Cape Town too! I got back yesterday morning so was in Cape Town from Sunday 13th August - Monday 21st August. Sunday 13th August - I landed around 10am and my friends who I was visiting (M &amp; J) met me at the airport. They have been travelling around Southern Africa on motorbikes for 3 months and when they asked if I wanted to meet them in Cape Town which was somewhere I'd wanted to visit for a few...More
August 23, 2017|
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Great TR, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a fab time! Can't wait 'til our trip in late September :)
Phoenix, Arizona
Should I rent a car from JNB and drive to Pilanesberg? (2 Replies)
I'm going to SA on a tour starting March 24. After four days in Cape Town, we fly to Johannesburg and are driven to Pilanesberg for a safari. There are a few sites I want to see in Pretoria on the way to Pilanesberg (The school where Churchill escaped, the Union Buildings and the Voorschrecker Monument). On our last day in SA, the shuttle doesn't leave from Pilanesburg until 3pm (even though safari is over by 11am). On the way to Pilanesberg, the tour company won't detour even for...More
March 15, 2018|
Response fromcbir|
Endanger yourself how? I drive all over S Africa. If you can competently drive on the left, rent a car. If not, please go with the tour. Enjoy the sights and a visit with your friend. There’s a lot of S African history you might want to experience too, not just European/colonial stuff. There are lots of transfer cos that can do whatever you want. You’ll have to pay for the service but they’ll do whatever route you want. It’s not a five minute detour to Pretoria and those sights, it’s a...More
Neal D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pretoria in May, any recommendations? (4 Replies)
We'll be in Pretoria this May to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of South Africa. Besides that event, we are planning on visiting the Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Union Buildings, Vortrekker Monument, Church Square and the Cheetah Centre. Does anyone have a recommendation for a hotel that would be good home-base for 3-4 days? We don't drive, so renting a car is not an option. We also welcome any more ideas of things in the area. We like eating, museums, shopping for quality...More
January 10, 2016|
Response fromAuntieFr0mJ0zi|
"ethnic" not "ethic".