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  • sunilt1960
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates794 contributions
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    The Voortrekker Monument is located on the southern side of Pretoria in South Africa. The granite structure is located on a hilltop, and and it is mentioned was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. It was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk.
    On 8 July 2011, the Voortrekker Monument was declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.
    Construction started on 13 July 1937, on what later became known as Monument Hill. On 16 December 1938 the cornerstone was laid, by three descendants of some of the Voortrekker leaders. The monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949 by Prime Minister D. F. Malan. The total construction cost of the monument is stated to be about £ 360,000, most of which was contributed by the South African government
    It is very well kept, a lot of effort has gone in to preserve the heritage and history of South Africa. There are several levels in the structure and some of them under ground.
    I went on a week day and there was not much crowd. From the monument at the top you are able to walk around and get views of Pretoria. There is a lift for those not able to walk the many steps. There is also a souvenir shop
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • Wikus M
    Port Edward, South Africa21 contributions
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    What a pleasant surprise. We went as family for a picnic and game drive. The roads are well marked and the picnic area is neat and clean. The restrooms at the picnic spot could be better but other than that I cannot fault the reserve. The cheetahs gave us a spectacular show with them just lying next to the road and we could probably get within 20meters from them.
    Written 14 August 2023
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  • Trek53193937512
    1 contribution
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    Oh what a refreshing place to be! I absolutely love the vibe. I usually visit this place with my friends and hubby but this time I went alone and Guess what , I made friends. This place is organized, safe and fun.
    Written 26 January 2024
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  • Mike_G6308
    Cape Town, South Africa473 contributions
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    The Union Buildings is always impressive to see. Sadly ordinary visitors are not allowed anymore in the buildings. The gardens are looking well , but dry for this time in winter.Various monuments are there to be seen. Please note gardens are closed on weekends.
    Written 23 August 2023
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  • stofpadryer
    Pretoria, South Africa13 contributions
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    Beautiful Highveld gardens and trees, water features, pathways to walk or jog. For all who love outdoors right on the doorstep in Pretoria. Love it
    Written 6 May 2023
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  • Moyahabo B
    1 contribution
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    We did the animal encounter with the Lion walks. I really enjoyed it. The Crew is soo friendly, from stepping in and the last step I felt so welcomed. The Lion walks stood out, its scary at the beginning but enjoyable as it goes. Love it Love Horse Back definitely going back for more.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • Alastair Tempest
    Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The whole area of Hazelwood is great - someone said "like Cape town in Pretoria". That's not being fair - Hazelwood is very much a vibrant part of Pretoria. Great restaurants, coffee shops and places to hang out!
    You won't find an area like this in Johannesburg.
    Written 16 January 2023
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  • Phila D
    Johannesburg, South Africa1 464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking trail with great scenery. The place is brilliant to visit.

    Down size are the random people on the trail with speakers and Los music.

    All round the place is great and I shall be back
    Written 15 August 2020
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  • Steven R
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The good. The bad. The ugly.
    The good.
    Animals. Five stars.
    Wife and I visited this week. Animal species represented are a vast number. So many to see. Beautifully laid out exhibits with animals from around the world. Enclosure with Eland is so impressive.
    The bad.
    Staff. Two stars.
    Unfriendly. Not welcoming.
    The ugly.
    Food. 0 stars.
    What you served was garbage. Absolute crap.
    We ordered chicken sandwich and Chicken legs with fries.
    Chicken sandwich. Blah. Dry. Old product.
    Fries. Tasteless. Soft. Disgusting.
    Chicken legs. Dry. Stunk. Old product.
    Stop serving this garbage.
    Johannesburg Zoo Food is superb, in comparison.
    Rated Zoo 4 stars because of animal collection and display. Had to take 1 star off for mediocre staff and trash you serve as food.
    Written 28 September 2023
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  • Jeanette Oberholzer
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved the atmosphere of this beautiful market. Brimming with an abundance of fresh flowers, plants, veggies, raw honey, meats, treats, fish, meats, pasteries and the air filled with the aroma of coffee, melkkos, waffles, pancakes, pap and kaiings. Seeing happy faces and hearing chatter and laughter everywhere. What a lovely morning we had!
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • BOFA BOY
    Bridge of Allan, UK1 366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought the whole experience was very good, although some of the exhibits could have done with more lighting to let people see more clearly what was on offer. The building itself is quite spectacular.
    Written 29 January 2024
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  • Cynthia W
    Johannesburg, South Africa8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kindness Corporation an NPO runs a Youth Leadership Programme annually and on June 16th we do something special with the group. They had been learning about being entrepreneurs. Who better to use an example than Sammy himself! Joining the group was Jean Bwawa from the Righ2live foundation that looks after the interests of foreign nationals in the johannesburg area. He found a map on the wall showing where the different african tribes were from and used it to explain that Africa is a quagmire when it comes to migration and who originally comes from where! This was totally unexpected and a welcome surprise. The group enjoyed the background stories about the family and mentioned that they are rather privileged to have an actual relationship with their parents! There was one rather knee jerking surprise when visiting one of the upstairs room, there was a clean knocking sound from the wardrobe! We almost had heart attacks! It was explained that it was the plumbing that sometimes makes a noise. The group enjoyed the gardens and the aviary very much. Very much a gem and this venue can be used to relate to many themes for young people. Highly recommended.
    Written 17 February 2023
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  • Candice
    90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hiking place! Entrance is R100 but as 2 young ladies hiking we never felt unsafe! There are different hikes to do and much to see - we did the 5km one in about 2 and a half hours. The hike is relatively easy with some spots requiring good leg strength! There is a little restaurant on the property as well and their pricing is good. Bathrooms are available. The drive there is simple enough with a GPS and does require you to take a short dirt road. Cars with lower clearance / that are not 4x4’s will make it - there is also adequate parking space. I definitely recommend going to visit if you’re wanting to experience a nice hike. You do go between the bush as well so it’s not all just flat. The cable car thing is fun to ride - make sure to bring something for the operator who stands there all day helping you use it.
    Written 8 May 2023
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  • mandr268
    Westport, Ireland870 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a visit to the house is very interesting, but the displays at the rear were even more interesting as the related to the Boer war seen from a different view to the British one
    Written 6 January 2020
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  • Thecatsmum4
    Kettering, UK2 614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare to be impressed by the huge statue of Nelson Mandela standing with open arms, Just below the Union Buildings in the stunning gardens.

    Gets quite busy and there are the unusal "official photogrpahers" trying to sell their wares. But wait a while and the crowds clear so you have time to run up and get a snap at the feet of the great man.
    Written 15 April 2023
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