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Articles: Day Tours Pretoria

When considering day tours, Pretoria is a must-see

Situated a mere 50 kilometres away from Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, is Pretoria, the capital city of the country. Even with this close proximity, you will be forgiven thinking that you have stepped into an entirely different world. Where Johannesburg comes across as all business and no play, Pretoria seems like a sunny, happy city where everybody is friendly and much less rushed. The perfect city for day tours, Pretoria has a rich history to explore.

With over 3300 hours of sunlight per year, translating into an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day, this city is probably the sunniest capital in the world, adding to its warm, inviting atmosphere. Many of the streets are lined with Jacaranda trees, transforming the city into a purple wonderland during spring and giving the city its affectionate nickname – the Jacaranda City. As for sightseeing on day tours, Pretoria has much to offer. Its interesting and eventful history has resulted in the presence of many impressive monuments and beautiful architecture.

One of the buildings that you simply have to visit is the impressive Union Building that is still in use today. It was built from light sandstone in 1913, and is 275 m long and has a halve-round shape with two wings at the sides. It is fronted by a magnificently beautiful garden with walkways, giving tourists many a perfect photo opportunity.

The Voortrekker Monument is another remarkable piece of architecture. It was inaugurated on 16 December 1949 in honour of the Voortrekkers who embarked on the Great Trek in 1836. Only once a year, at exactly 12 o'clock on the 16th of December, the sun shines through the dome of the monument onto the middle of the cenotaph and the words "Ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika" (We for Thee, South Africa).

37 West Adventures is a recognised market leader intours and sightseeing adventures. We invite all travellers to share in the majestic allure that is Pretoria. We specialise in day tours,

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