Combine the Capital of South Africa and its historical landscapes with a visit to the Cullinan Diamond Mine.
Union Buildings: South Africa’s Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. They are a South African national monument. The lush gardens surrounding the buildings are a popular picnic venue, and the structure itself is considered an architectural masterpiece.
Voortrekker Monument: Is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.
Church Square: Church Square in central Pretoria was the site of the city’s first church, built in 1855. During its early years, the square was used as a marketplace and sports field. The square is surrounded by numerous historical buildings, including the Palace of Justice where former president Nelson Mandela and several of his African National Congress comrades were charged and tried for treason during the infamous Rivonia Trial. Also nearby is the Old Capitol Theatre, the Netherlands Banking Building (home to the offices to Tshwane Tourism) and the post office.
Paul Kruger Museum: A short walk west from Church Sq is the former residence of Paul Kruger, now the Paul Kruger House Museum. The house, built in 1884, would have been grand at the time. Guarded by two stone lions, the house contains period furniture and a collection of personal items belonging to Kruger and his wife Gezina. There are some interesting bits of memorabilia, including the knife that Kruger used to amputate his thumb after a shooting accident. The Dutch Reformed Church, where he worshipped and preached, is just across the road.
Cullinan Surface Diamond Mine Tour: This is a surface tour and does not include going underground. Explore the Cullinan Premier Mine, open since 1902, on this guided surface tour from Pretoria. With a guide providing engaging commentary, see the mine’s huge opening, the mine shaft, and the diamond room displaying a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of world-famous diamonds. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Pretoria included. Learn about South Africa’s history of diamond mining through a tour of Cullinan Premier Mine Walking tour of the different parts of the mining operation Listen to engaging commentary from a guide on the mine’s history Round-trip transportation from Pretoria