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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Nothing to do here unless a fan of South African culture, history or colonial architecture. Be aware of possible civilian protest.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Shaheen B
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile


This is the official seat of government in South Africa, and well worth a visit if in Pretoria. It's well known in its own right, but since 2014, vast numbers go there to see the magnificent statue of Nelson Mandela, erected after his death. It's enormous and incredibly imposing. Simply, a wonderful monument to an amazing man. Don't miss it!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Its a very convenient place to take your family for a relaxing day. Also good for morning or afternoon workout.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank TshepoMatlala
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Visiting the Union Buildings feels like country duty for South Africans but even if you are visiting from another country, this would be an important place to visit to know more about South African history. The buildings were designed by an architect called Herbert Baker, who did a few other monumental buildings in South Africa. Mr Baker loved hills and always had a hill as a backdrop of a building or would build on the hill itself - hence the Union Building. The building sits on one of the former fortresses and opposite two other fortresses. There is a municipality bylaw which prevents anyone building a building that would obstruct direct visibility between the 3 fortresses. The gardens are still well maintained and members of the public are allowed to picnic on the gardens at no cost. The greatest excitement is taking pictures with the Nelson Mandela status which happens to be the biggest bronze statue in Africa at the moment. A great place to visit, great history.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Londeka N
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

to feel that you visit Mandela country , you must visit this place
union buildings is the best place to take photos tell people that you visit south Africa
the big statue of Mandela is very very perfect to take photos with
please dont miss this visit

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Abdulla-Salem
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