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December 02, 2018
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Pretoria is home to an impressive amount of activities and things to do with the whole family and couples! Pretoria holds its own with an amazing mix of cultural, outdoor and foodie experiences on offer. We discover affordable, free and fun things to do in Pretoria, a city known for more than jacaranda blossoms and the blue train. With monthly pop-up markets, free Zulu lessons, the longest urban street in SA and some of the best mountain bike tracks, there’s lots to explore in Pretoria. 

VISIT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS 
This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria. Follow them on Facebook for upcoming events. 

Photo: Chomi Tsaka Bahumi - Family braai day — with ToroEla Promotions. 

IRENE COUNTRY LODGE 
The historical village of Irene, Centurion is known for the long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures.  

With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant, conference, function and wedding venues, as well as the luxurious and well-appointed Camdeboo Day Spa. 

Guests arrive at a haven of peace and tranquillity, and promptly forget that they are in or even near one of South Africa’s busiest metropolitan areas. If you want to enjoy a singular combination of convenience and indulgence, Irene Country Lodge should be at the top of your list. 


BENTLEY’S LODGE 
A family-run business that has achieved a stellar reputation as one of Pretoria's premier conference- and wedding venues over the last three decades, Bentley's Country Lodge is an inviting function and lodging destination tucked away in the verdant reaches of the country's capital. 

Here, visitors can sit back and enjoy the seamless service and warm welcome of yesteryear, with all the modern amenities they can dream of. Bright, airy rooms and suites are available to business and leisure travellers, while self-catering houses are perfect for long-term accommodation in Pretoria. 

A stunning chapel and reception venue also makes it a hit among South Africa's most discerning brides. Visit their website to learn more about this beautiful destination.


TAKE A ROAD TRIP 
Ladies, do you also cringe when your man wants to go window shopping for a car? Well I do... but I have changed my mindset about it. Make it a outing! Pack a picnic basket full of lekker goodies to enjoy and just make the best of the shopping-for-a-car experience.

There are many car dealerships in Pretoria that will advertise how great they are and how wonderful their customer service is. Not all car dealers in Pretoria can, however, show the track record we do when it comes to the buying and selling of cars, customer service, aftercare, and of course, helping clients with financing, insurance, and the servicing of their vehicles.

Citton Cars will make this shopping-for-a-car-experience one you won't hate so much.


CASA TOSCANA LODGE 
Situated in Tshwane, Casa Toscana offers 4-star luxury accommodation that captures the style and character of Tuscany at the heart of one of South Africa's most vibrant cities. 

With a wonderful variety of luxury accommodation packages that cater for a variety of requirements, this exceptional venue boasts 20 beautifully-appointed rooms that are perfect for romantic weekends away in a classic, dreamy atmosphere. 

Casa Toscana also hosts weddings and private functions, offering a turn-key service that includes catering, decor, set-up and more. 

With a choice of on-site chapel and outdoor ceremony locations for an al fresco wedding, and the Rubica hall that can accommodate a variety of events in style and opulence, as well as a gazebo and manicured gardens, there are so many beautiful options that you'll be able to make your dream wedding a splendid reality.

CASTELLO DI MONTE 
A five-star guest house situated in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, Castello di Monte is located in a Tuscan-style estate that portrays pure luxury and elegance and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around South Africa's capital. 

The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes give an Italian flavour to the African landscape; you will hardly notice that you are in the middle of a bustling city. 

Whether it be for a corporate meeting or a romantic getaway, Castello di Monte offers the perfect setting. Choose from a variety of luxury accommodation options and enjoy every modern amenity you can dream of amidst sixteenth century splendour.

FOREVER HOTEL @ CENTURION 
With some much to do and so much to see in Pretoria, Forever Hotel @ Centurion is the perfect place to rest, recovery and reload. Be it for an evening getaway or for a romantic weekend break, this four-star Hotel boasts a variety of luxury rooms, family rooms and suites spread around a lush green garden court with a sparking swimming pool, not to mention the whimsical French-Italian style building inspiration. The Forever Hotel @ Centurion is also the ideal location for a wedding with its beautifully decorated open plan setting, and breath-taking chandeliers that set a romantic mood for every bride to be. 

With four semi-self-catering apartments Forever Hotel @ Centurion is a true “home away from home”, not to mention the luxurious Presidential Suite ideal for Anniversary breakaways! They also have variety of Standard Hotel rooms, Family Rooms, Single Rooms, Semi-Self Catering Rooms, Twin Rooms and an Executive Suite available.  

This tranquil green oasis is the ideal destination amid the rush of city life. If style, luxury and service excellence top your agenda for leisure or business travel, Forever Hotel @ Centurion is an experience waiting to happen. 


MAGALIES MOUNTAIN LODGE 
Situated between Pretoria and Hartbeespoort Dam, bordering Gauteng and the North-West Province, Magalies Mountain Lodge is a private guest lodge at the foot of the majestic Magalies mountains. 

Here guests can leave the bustle of the city behind to enjoy unspoiled surroundings and indulge in everything from breath-taking outdoor adventures to relaxing spa sessions. The lodge's extensive facilities include stylish, yet affordable accommodation, an in-house restaurant, spa, pub and wedding venue. 

Accommodation is provided in a selection of double rooms and rondavels with a choice of a bath or shower; and there is a range of getaway and lifestyle packages available to suit a variety of budgets. Magalies Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway or book a luxury spa day to enjoy with your partner.

VILLA SAN GIOVANNI 
Conveniently located at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, Villa San Giovanni offers well-appointed airport accommodation for discerning work- and leisure travellers, alongside a full complement of culinary destinations to keep you fuelled for your travel adventure.

This includes a beautiful fine dining restaurant with elegant decor and an award-winning wine list; the informal Terrace & Pizzeria overlooking an expansive play area (tailor-made for diners with energetic kids); as well as the trendy J&B Jet Lounge with its own bar, which is perfect for private functions and product launches.

VUSALELA DAY SPA 
Vusalela Day Spa is truly a unique sanctuary of relaxation and personal rejuvenation, where the proprietors seek to pamper you as never before. Fringed by the beauty of nature and perfectly situated on the banks of the Hennops River, the spa offers an array of pampering experiences that are not to be missed.

There are a variety of treatment packages that include hand- and foot massages, facials, full body hot rock massages, Indian head massages and full body exfoliation. This versatile sanctuary cares for individuals, couples, or groups, so whether you're simply hoping to unwind or looking for a venue to host an indulgent special occasion or corporate outing, Vusalela Day Spa is a top choice.

MENLYN BOUTIQUE HOTEL 
Menlyn Boutique Hotel is one of those rare Pretoria accommodation venues that succeeds in combining luxury and tranquillity with an inimitably artful approach to its overall look and feel. 

Here, discerning visitors can look forward to detailed and personalised service and truly stunning surroundings that have been curated with an expert eye. Conveniently located at the heart of Tshwane, right across the way from the famous Menlyn Shopping Mall, this sought-after hotel is easily accessible from Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International airport, making it the ideal option for both business and leisure travellers. 

The venue comprises 6 Express Rooms, 10 Standard Rooms, 2 self-catering units, 8 Executive Rooms and 1 Presidential Room. The Menlyn Boutique Hotel luxury collection also includes Fifty Seven Waterberg, a five-star lodge in the Welgevonden private game reserve. Guests can also look forward to an on-site restaurant and spa at the hotel. 

The Black Bamboo offers five-star South African fine dining at its best; while the Beauty Within Salon & Spa provides a full range of wellness treatments. The venue is also available for exclusive hire to host boutique weddings of up to 100 guests. For more information, visit their website.

KIEVITS KROON - THE WINELANDS IN GAUTENG 
Kievits Kroon has 142 stylishly decorated rooms which are fully equipped with all modern facilities. The rooms are detached or semi-detached, and located in clusters around the estate, except for the Executive Rooms, which are housed in a luxury two storey contemporary Cape Dutch building. 

There is secure parking close to all rooms, which are connected by landscaped pathways to the main hotel and conference buildings. A porter service is available to drop off and pick up your luggage on arrival and departure. In-room dining is available from 7am to 10pm. Complimentary bottled water is provided and the minibar is stocked on request. 

There is a nightly turn-down service. You will find Kievits Kroon’s own room amenities in your bathroom, including a body wash, conditioning shampoo and body lotion. Check-in is from 2pm on the day of arrival. Guests are requested to check-out by 10am on the day of departure. Visit their website for more information.

IVORY MANOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel is 5km from the Rigel and Nellmapius offramps in Pretoria and a five-star dining and accommodation destination that redefines the notion of elegance. The space is decorated with exquisitely curated art pieces that feature the talents of Marie Vermeulen Breedt and Diana Greyvensteyn, which create the perfect backdrop for sumptuous meals and events.

Stop in for coffee or tea in the lush gardens, meet up with friends in the whiskey & cigar lounge, or sit down to a romantic dinner prepared by talented chef Liza. Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to host events ranging from high teas, kitchen teas and birthday parties, to corporate events, wine tastings, cooking classes and more.

The individually decorated deluxe and premier suites promise a lavish stay, with breakfast included in the rate. Visit their website for more information.


WHERE TO EAT IN PRETORIA 

THE DIPLOMAT RESTAURANT
Book a table at the lovely Sentinel Luxury Suite Hotel in Arcadia. Situated in the heart of Pretoria’s diplomatic district, they offer a full range of accommodation options, from fully-serviced, luxury stays to long-term apartment rentals. 

For over twenty years their hospitality has been unmatched. They are close to Pretoria’s major attractions, including the Union Buildings, where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected leader.

DRINK TEA AT CARLTON CAFé 
Their white chocolate macadamia ‘blondie’ brownies are an institution. If that’s not your thing they have an extensive daytime menu. Carlton Café hosts “Delicious The Food Shop” where you can get all sorts of deli food and specialty food items like TWG Tea’s luxury French Earl Grey, Chamomile and Grand Wedding Tea. 

EAT AT AFROBOER
This unique restaurant is chock full of attitude and delicious food. Order a glass of wine “for a whine”, enjoy the garden setting, breakfast, light or serious lunches and of course their incredible cakes. They change things up in the kitchen “to keep kitchen, ooms, tannies, and copy-cats on their toes”. 

BEST ITALIAN AT ALFIE's  
For authentic italian head to Alfie’s. Locals rave about Alfredo Fiachetti’s traditional Italian Restaurant, the proof is that it’s always full so remember to make a reservation. You can’t go wrong with bruschetta, fresh pasta or rack of lamb.

HAVE A COLD ONE AT THE CAPITAL CRAFT 
Craft beer fans will be in heaven, they add new beers to their collection regularly. Try their new black mushroom and white cheddar burger for vegetarians, add a beef patty if you’re not. Their Crafty bitch hot dog is a winner as is their pulled pork sandwich. 

EXPLORE DUNCAN YARD 
Imagine picturesque & mysterious corridors with treasures of individual choice. A place where you can be yourself and treat yourself to an arty cultural experience. Duncan Yard offers shoppers a creative shopping & dining experience with an ambient & unique atmosphere. Situated walking distance from the Gautrain Station Hatfield.

Why not choose Duncan Yard as a destination to do your photo shoot?  A fee is payable electronically. Please contact to inquire if your specific date is available. Please visit www.duncanyard.co.za for more information. They invite you to discover this unique centre with its variety of shopping experiences! 

DE KLOOF RESTAURANT
More than just a place to eat. De Kloof is uncompromisingly and unapologetically committed to quality food and innovative dishes. Dishes and prepared according to classic European techniques with local influences. 


BE ACTIVE IN PRETORIA 

BUFFELSDRIFT MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK  
Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park is located only 15km North of Pretoria and provides a safe and secure riding environment within the confines of the Buffelsdrift Nature Conservancy. Lying on the western boundaries of the Dinokeng area, between the Roodeplaat Dam and the N1 highway, Buffelsdrift Conservancy has become a fairly popular place to visit not only because it is so easy to reach, so close to both Pretoria and Johannesburg, but also as a superb birding spot.  This is due in no small part to the proximity of the Roodeplaat dam, from which an extensive canal system runs, and the Pienaars River that runs through the conservancy attracting birds for most of the year.

ENTER FOR THE DISCOVERY JACARANDA FM SPRING WALK 
Food will be on sale at the venue, but you can bring your own picnic basket to enjoy after the walk. There will be a beer garden for your enjoyment at the finish area. Please note that no open fires will be permitted and no alcohol will be allowed into the event. Get more information here.  

GO FOR A HIKE AT RIETVLEI NATURE RESERVE 
Rietvlei Nature Reserve offers a 10km (4 hour) day walk (10-15 people) and a  21km (2 day) overnight hike (6-8 people). starting Friday afternoon and ending Sunday afternoon. Facilities include two overnight huts with beds, mattresses, hot/cold water, limited cooking utensils and firewood. The route has a number of historical structures such as British embankments used during the occupation of Pretoria.

ACROBATICS IN THE TREES WITH ACROBRANCH  
Looking for an outdoor adventure to enjoy on your next date outing or family getaway? Look no further than Acrobranch - a treetop experience featuring various obstacle courses (including high ropes, tricky crossings and zip lines) suitable for children, teenagers and reasonably fit adults respectively. Book your spot today to enjoy a fun-filled, active date night, family adventure or group outing – Acrobranch caters for the whole gang. 


FUN THINGS TO DO 

Pretoria is home to an impressive amount of family-friendly activities designed to keep the entire family entertained for hours. From zoos to waterparks and paintball arenas, Pretoria does not disappoint on the fun scale. From zoos to waterparks, Pretoria has it all. And because it has such an impressive array, we've put together its own guide. It includes: 

Pretoria Zoo 
Zita Park 
Gotcha Paintball 
StokeCity WakePark 

Whether you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in an African bushveld experience, or you simply need a weekend away; take a look at this guide to some of the best game viewing options near Pretoria and Joburg. 

Our list covers a handful of game lodges, game reserves and nature reserves nearby that promise to keep your bucket list overflowing with ideas. There’s something for everyone wanting to get away from the city for a break. Read more about Vibescout.com.

Visit one of Pretoria’s exceptional art galleries. The Annatjie Krige Kunsgalery and the Christ Tugwell Art Gallery in the Brooklyn Mall are both good places to start.

Go on a romantic game drive at the Rietvlei Game Reserve, home to protected rhinos. Book an evening safari and cuddle beneath a blanket as you and your partner try and see what lurks behind the bushes at night.

Freshwater Fishing at Rietvlei Nature Reserve - The angling area includes toilet and braai facilities as well as camping and chalets for overnight guests. No canoes or baitboats are allowed. Fish caught in Rietvlei dam include catfish, yellowfish, carp and Tilapia.


LIVE LIKE A LOCAL AT COURT CLASSIQUE HOTEL IN PRETORIA 
There are certain accommodation destinations where the team at the helm make it their life’s mission to make yours as easy, efficient and convenient as possible. Court Classique Hotel in Pretoria is one of these singular destinations. This is where you come if you need to be in the city, but you don’t want to get tangled up in any of the associated stress or bustle. At Court Classique, it’s all about making your stay as relaxing and accommodating as possible.  

Going to Loftus to watch rugby? This is the place to be. You can take an Uber there and back, leaving you free to celebrate in style. Or perhaps you need to go to an embassy to take care of some paperwork? Court Classique is located within easy reach of most of the foremost embassies in the city, which cuts down on traffic considerably if you're in town on business. Hatfield and the Gautrain terminal are also close by. In short: Court Classique should be your hotel of choice if you want a hassle-free yet elegant accommodation experience throughout your stay in Tshwane.   

Aside from offering beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with all the amenities required for a comfortable stay, Court Classique also boasts a range of facilities that include an on-site restaurant, spa, as well as conference- and wedding spaces.  

Travelling with the family? No problem - the hotel is child-friendly and offers everything from babysitting services, to laundry, dry cleaning and personal grocery shopping. Specialist tours and car hire can also be arranged, and a complimentary shuttle service is available in the Pretoria area weekdays between 07:00 and 16:00 with prior arrangement.

For more information on rates, special offers and availability at Court Classique Hotel in Pretoria, feel free to visit their website or get in touch with their knowledgeable reservations team directly. 


THE SENTINEL HOTEL

In the true spirit of Sentinel – the custodian or lookout- the Sentinel Group of accommodation is tailor-made for your needs. Situated in the heart of Pretoria’s diplomatic district, they offer a full range of accommodation options, from fully-serviced, luxury stays
to long-term apartment rentals. 
For over twenty years Sentinel's hospitality has been unmatched and their properties are close to Pretoria’s major attractions, including the Union Buildings, where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected leader.

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