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Pretoria


Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria is a city in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The city is the Executive (administrative) capital of the country, and as of 2005, had a population of 1,884,046.

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Pretoria: 20 Must See Attractions

By Anton Swanepoel

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Paperback (64 pages)

Pretoria: 20 Must See Attractions
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Pretoria is a City of Extremes.
Mega shopping malls with over 500 shops compete against game parks featuring the Big Five, as well as historical monuments and museums housing rare ancient artefacts.

With this book, discover spectacular attractions such as the Cradle of Humankind, a 220 000 year old impact crater site, President Paul Kruger's house, the largest zoo in South Africa, the official seat of the South African government, and more.

Your visit to Pretoria can be the trip of your lifetime, with memories, pictures and experiences that rival any other trip you have ever made, if you know where to go and what to see. This guide book can be invaluable to the success of your visit to Pretoria.

Some of what you will learn:

  • A concise description of each attraction, including history and pertinent facts
  • 5 Bonus attractions to see, if you have more time in Pretoria
  • GPS coordinates or directions to the attractions.
  • Attraction hours of operation and fees (best time to visit)
  • Come to South Africa, where you can awaken the wild side in you and experience your dreams.

    South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg: Day Walks and Wildlife Hikes

    By Dr. Gregory F. Maassen

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    Paperback (334 pages)

    South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg: Day Walks and Wildlife Hikes
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    Plan your next holiday with South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg

    With this detailed guide, you can save valuable time when planning your hiking adventure in South Africa. For three years, the authors explored and recorded 837 kilometers (523 miles) of astonishing hiking trails and walks in amazing landscapes, encountering giraffes, zebras, and rhinos, magnificent valleys, and unique people and culture.

    Most trails can be completed in 4-6 hours as day trips from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The more than 120 trails in this guidebook have been grouped into the following geographic areas:

    • Pretoria and surroundings;

    • The Magaliesberg Mountain Range (northern and southern slopes); and

    • Johannesburg and surroundings.

    The book provides easy to understand custom-made hiking maps and trail descriptions. Users of the book also have access to a unique collection of GPS E-trails.

    Trails in the guidebook are classified either as a wildlife or nature hike/walk. A trail can be easy, moderately difficult or best suited for advanced hikers.

    Although most trails can be completed without a GPS device, owners of the book can download carefully recorded E-trails (1,134 waypoints) to maximize their time on the trail, and accessing the hiking grounds using GPS devices and GPS enabled smartphones and tablets.

    Users of the book also have access to the Wildlife Finder and the Day Trip Planner. These interactive planning tools provide hikers easy access to trail descriptions based on many search criteria including waterfalls, historic sites, wildlife (zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, rhinos, etc.) and other interesting artifacts on the trail.

    The guidebook has been written with the independent traveler in mind but is also a valuable source of hiking ideas if you plan to organize your holiday with a travel company.

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    With the Cape Peninsula, Garden Route, Kruger Park and the Drakensberg Mountain Range, South Africa is a major tourist destination. Millions of tourists explore these magnificent places annually, bringing home memories of a beautiful and diverse country.

    Less known are the incredible national and municipal parks, numerous private nature reserves and the many little towns in the northern part of South Africa in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg that offer equally interesting experiences.

    If you visit South Africa beyond the major tourist centers or if you live in the major metropolitan areas, you will be amazed what the country presents in terms of its people, culture, nature, wildlife sightings, hiking, walking, food, wine, local craft beers, and entertainment.

    Unknown to many, the nature reserves and wildlife parks in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg have outstanding hiking opportunities that can easily compete with other destinations in South Africa.

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    Travelers will find South Africa: Hiking Trails in and Around Pretoria and Johannesburg and its multimedia resources an invaluable "next generation" resource guide to explore the region from a truly unique perspective.

    The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng: 101 Prime Birding Sites in and Around Johannesburg and Pretoria

    By Faansie Peacock

    Mirafra Publishing
    Paperback (384 pages)

    The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng: 101 Prime Birding Sites in and Around Johannesburg and Pretoria
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    The greater Gauteng region, including Pretoria and Johannesburg, is home to over 5,000 birders. While often overlooked by birders on their travels further afield, the Gauteng region, with its diversity of natural and modified habitats, offers over 450 bird species. Many specials, including 80 endemics/near endemics, are more easily seen here than anywhere else on Earth! This book provides 101 birding sites with in-depth details on access, accommodation, habitats and specials; full color site maps and information icons; illustrated features on identification challenges and finding sought-after species; supplementary information on other wildlife, geology and botany; a selection of top weekend trips; recommended birding itineraries; bi-monthly birding calendar with suggested birding activities for the whole year; and, an annotated checklist (English and Afrikaans), featuring old and new bird names.

    The Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site (South Africa Travel Guide)

    By Anton Swanepoel

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    The Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site (South Africa Travel Guide)
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    Beginning with a dream of a monument that can stand a 1000 years, the Voortrekker Monument realizes that dream with ease where it stands majestically on Monument hill in a nature reserve overlooking Pretoria. Housed within its robust yet captivating walls, are four levels of splendor to marvel at. From historical art pieces and antique Afrikaner daily objects, to The Flame are on display. The Flame is a bronze lamp in a marble niche in the Cenotaph Hall that burns day and night, and was lit by an original torch brought to the Monument in 1938 on a countrywide torch bearing procession to the monument.

    The Voortrekker Monument stands guard over Pretoria, the Jacaranda city, and serves as a reminder for the Great Trek (1835 to 1854) of around 20 000 Voortrekkers that served as a catalyst to the events that shaped much of South Africa.

    This book features 29 pictures of various aspects of the Voortrekker Monument, including The Heritage Centre, Wall of remembrance, Fort Schanskop, Genl. Piet Joubert Bust, and more, giving you a unique perspective of the place that will add value to your visit.

    Contained in the text you'll learn the following:

  • Short history of the Great Trek and Voortrekker Monument as well as other attractions on the grounds.
  • Descriptions and information on major objects found at the site
  • Entrance fees, best time to visit, and more
  • 29 pictures of the Voortrekker Monument, museum, nearby fort and other statues as well as symbolic objects on and around the monument

  • The Voortrekker Monument represents a large part of the beginning of the United South Africa. Learn more about the events that served as catalyst for the birth of a nation while marveling at the stunning pictures in the comfort of your home.

    Johannesburg Unanchor Travel Guide - Johannesburg/Pretoria: A 4-Day South Africa Tour Itinerary

    By Susan Bowman

    Unanchor.com
    Released: 2012-12-05
    Kindle Edition (74 pages)

    Johannesburg Unanchor Travel Guide - Johannesburg/Pretoria: A 4-Day South Africa Tour Itinerary
     
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    Johannesburg/Pretoria: A 4-Day South Africa Tour Itinerary

    This 4-day journey into the Gauteng Province of South Africa is designed to introduce you, the visitor, to the culture and people who make South Africa a magical and fascinating country. We will take you to the museums and monuments which pay tribute to former President Nelson Mandela and the end of an Apartheid government, which ruled the country by division of the races and had tried, convicted, and sentenced Mandela to life imprisonment. The many commemorations of this struggle make it clear that South Africa is free today thanks to their sacrifices and that the people of South Africa are grateful and proud of their new freedom.

    You will also see how Johannesburg got its start during the discovery of gold, how it's mined, and what life was like in the early days. You will visit the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site which traces our human lineage back some 3 million years through museum exhibits, archaeological sites, and a trip into the caves where historic discoveries were made. You will have the opportunity to visit and spend a night in the Lesedi Cultural Village, an authentic cluster of South African tribes who share their lifestyle, their song and dance, their cuisine, and themselves with you in an evening of magic followed by a comfortable and affordable overnight stay.

    A trip to Pretoria will introduce you to the administrative capital of South Africa with its monuments and tributes to the Boers, who settled the area and fought the British, lived under their domination, and fought again until they were successful at bringing together a unified Republic of South Africa.

    The last day will bring you face to face with South African culture at its finest and its poorest. From Sandton to Alexandra you will experience a taste of the opulence on one side of the street and the abject poverty on the other side (literally!) with a local, well-known, and respected personal guide who will arrange for a special afternoon and evening with an Alexandran family. You will be warmed by their hospitality and awed by their community.

    Happy To Be Here - Vol. 2: Postings From Pretoria (Volume 2)

    By Rodger French

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    Happy To Be Here - Vol. 2: Postings From Pretoria (Volume 2)
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    Rodger French is a professional musician happily married to a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Since 2006, he has been reporting on his travels via a series of email postings. Unexpectedly, these modest essays have proven to be quite popular and many of his regular readers have clamoured... well, asked politely if they, the essays, might be published in book form. Happy To Be Here, Vol. 2: Postings From Pretoria is the second in a series, preceded by Vol. 1: Greetings From Ghana, and to be followed by Vol. 3: Bulletins From Buenos Aires when the current tour of duty in Argentina is completed. After that, who can say. Rodger has a somewhat unique perspective, being an expat musician, occasional U.S. Embassy employee, and enthusiastic traveler. His postings have been described by discerning readers as "great stuff", "wonderful to read", and "surprisingly well-written."


     
     
     

     
     
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