The Greater Pretoria region of Gauteng includes the towns Centurion, Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit, Pretoria and Bapsfontein and all their surrounding areas. All of the aforementioned towns, each of which used to be a separate municipality, have been incorporated into the new Tshwane District Municipality. Greater Pretoria is situated in the transitional area between the Highveld and the Bushveld. It starts approximately halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria and extends some 70 kilometres both East and West of the latter.
The city of Pretoria was founded in 1855 and named after Andries Pretorius, a Voortrekker leader. The city was the Capital of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek from 1860 until 1910, administrative capital of the Union of South Africa from 1910 until 1961, and of the Republic of South Africa from 1961. The city is full of wide avenues lined with Jacaranda trees and houses a great number of embassies and consulates. Overlooking the centre of the city from a hilltop are the magnificent Union Buildings, built in golden stone with Italian tiled roofs. Pretoria houses two of South Africaï¿½s leading universities.
To the south-east of Greater Pretoria lies the small town of Bronkhorstspruit with its extensive shopping facilities. Just to the North of this charming town and near to KwaMhlanga there is a traditional Ndebele Village and Museum. This is an ideal stopover for visitors making their way to the resorts and game reserves of Mpumalanga. Here you can see demonstrations of traditional dress, beading, weaving and dance. In Bronkhorstspruit is the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, an informal living museum where children can see farm animals and old farm machinery and implements. Demonstrations of candle making, bread baking and distilling as well as sheep shearing can be seen. The Bronkhorstspruit Dam is a favourite weekend attraction for water sports enthusiasts, and close to the town is the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple.
Further North in Greater Pretoria is the small mining village of Cullinan, where the worldï¿½s largest diamond was found in 1905. Be sure to visit the McHardy House Museum, the extraordinary small restaurant La Casa located in a 1905 house, and the barber shop. Tours of the diamond mine are held at regular intervals and are an attraction not to be missed.
Centurion is a more modern developed town in Greater Pretoria and is situated just to the North of Midrand (once known as Halfway House as it is situated exactly halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria). This Greater Pretoria town has wide open spaces, parks and delightful industrial and commercial developments. One of Centurion's aims is to develop into a garden city. Just outside Centurion is the Zwartkop Nature Reserve where there is a 13 kilometre hiking trail along the Hennops River. At one end of the reserve is the famous Centurion Cricket Ground. The South African Mint opened its new factory in Centurion in 1992 and is one of the most modern mints in the world. Guided tours are available and last about two hours.
There are many other attractions in the Greater Pretoria region. You can be wandering around the centre of the city on a shopping spree in the morning and just a short while later witnessing a herd of elephants or a pride of lions. A little to the West beyond the Magaliesberg mountains lies Sun City with its casino and the adjoining Lost City. In the centre of the region in the south part of the city is the Fountains Valley Recreation Resort where you can indulge in the traditional braai, play tennis on the public courts, swim or just relax. Fountains lies on the Appies River, and is the country's oldest nature reserve. But don't miss Pretoria in October when the streets are a mass of purple in the Jacaranda City.
Little Bushveld offers self catering accommodation in Bon Accord near Pretoria North in Pretoria / Tshwane. We offer 6 chalets ranging from a 2 sleeper to 7 sleeper. These very private self catering chalets on a smallholding are ideal for a real "Slow-Lif …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Dunkelly offers self catering accommodation in the Centurion suburb of Irene. Situated between Pretoria and Midrand in the quaint, picturesque and secure village of Irene, Dunkelly can be found nestled in a country village steeped in history and surrounde …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Mooiplasie Bushcamp provides self catering accommodation in a the Dinokeng big 5 Game Reserve north of Pretoria. We offer 10 units sleeping from 2 - 12 guests and can accommodate 40 in total. The Dinokeng Game Reserve is approximately 65km from Pretoria. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Bed and Breakfast in Hatfield - as the name suggests, provides bed and breakfast accommodation, but also self catering in Hatfield, Pretoria / Tshwane in the Gauteng province. We are close to the Pretoria CBD and bustling Hatfield is a 10min walk away. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Pearl Guest House offers self catering accommodation in Donkerhoek approximately 20 km east of Pretoria. We are near the N4 highway and several popular wedding venues and function/conference centres. The guest house is situated on a portion of the origina …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Die Pastorie Guesthouse/Gastehuis provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Silverton to the east of Pretoria / Tshwane in the Gauteng province. We cater for the discerning corporate and leisure traveler. The guesthouse consists of seven luxurious en su …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Halali Wilderness is a Private Game Ranch situated in the greater Dinokeng area, approximately an hour North of Pretoria, with a strong focus on combining luxury and the ultimate Bow hunting experience. We also offer a self catering option. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
KwaThabisile Game Lodge offers self catering accommodation in the Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy in the Dinokeng area, north of Pretoria in Gauteng. There are 7 self catering units (11 rooms in total) where we can accommodate up to 45 people comfortably, d …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Segaia Bush Lodge offers self catering with a bushveld experience in the Buffelsdrift Conservancy just north of Pretoria in Gauteng. Segaia is a small lodge that can accommodate up to 24 guests on a self catering basis. Segaia is a small charming lodge si …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Riverside Kaia offers guests self catering accommodation in Donkerhoek in Pretoria East. Situated in the historic Donkerhoek and Diamond Hill area outside Pretoria along to N4 Highway towards Witbank. Riverside Kaia is on a 25 Ha farm along... …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Swan-Lake Luxury Guesthouse offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Montana Park in Pretoria, Gauteng. Montana Park is a quiet leafy northern suburb of Pretoria wwhich offers easy access to the Pretoria CBD. Our bed and breakfast is set in a beautiful …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Our modest but comfortable and clean B&B offers two double en-suite rooms. One has its own entrance and outside sitting area. There is a lapa and pool as well as barbeque facilities. There is safe parking on the premises... …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Ndlovu Lodge is a 4-star venue offering boutique hotel style accommodation in the East of Pretoria in the Zwavelpoort Region, a mere 15 minutes drive from Menlyn and Atterbury on Lynwood Road. The Lodge has 14 beautiful rooms. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Jopasso Guest House offers luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering accommodation in Wapadrand, Pretoria /Tshwane in Gauteng. Situated against the Bron Mountain in the Eastern suburbs of Pretoria. It has spectacular views and an indigen …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
The Aviary offers self catering accommodation in Waterkloof Glen in the south-west of Pretoria. We offer two units, The Sparrow (sleeps 2) and The Swallow room (sleeps 4). Each with en-suite bathrooms (shower and bath), HD flat screen with full package DS …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Peter's Guesthouse offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Equestria, Pretoria. Equestria is located to the east of Pretoria close to the N1 which is very handy for traveling into the Pretoria CBD. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Queensrest provides self catering accommodation in Queenswood Pretoria in Gauteng. Centrally situated in the established suburb of Queenswood, just a short distance from the Pretoria CBD. We have 6 self-catering units to choose from. (Units sleep between …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Gratia Cottage offers 2 self-catering cottages located in the suburb of Waverley in Pretoria / Tshwane. The sunny and spacious self catering cottages can sleep up to 6-7 guests and exudes a homely appeal. The kitchens are fully equipped with a four-plate …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
Fralande Lodge offers 2 self catering accommodation units in the Pretoria suburb of Waverley in Gauteng. (The units sleep 4 and 6). Overlooking a beautiful garden where one can find peace and tranquility. We have our guests best interest at heart, and sta …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.
The Village In Hatfield provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Hatfield, Pretoria / Tshwane. The Village in Hatfield is a delightful guesthouse offering a cluster of separate units, perfectly appointed for a comfortable stay in the heart of Pretoria. …see more for bookings / enquiries and info.