It’s that time of year when the Jacarandas are about to bloom and cover Pretoria’s streets in what is affectionately known as “purple rain”. It is estimated the there are over 70 000 jacaranda trees in Pretoria, and although not native to South Africa and in fact considered an ‘invader’ plant – they make for spectacular viewing! If you’re looking for somewhere to get the perfect shot of the Jacaranda City in full bloom then consider heading to these locations:
Some of Pretoria’s oldest Jacarandas can be found around Bosman, Eastwood, Stanza Bopape (old Church Street) and Cilliers Streets, where some of the very first Jacarandas were planted.
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Another option is to take a drive through Arcadia and past Loftus Versfeld, or to park your car at the Union Buildings and take a stroll east of the buildings along Government Avenue. This avenue is one of the few places in Pretoria which has a double row of Jacaranda – which are said to have been planted to provide government officials with shade while walking to the Union Buildings from Bryntirion Estate.
If driving, head to the Sunnyside or Brooklyn Area, and drive along Pienaar Street and Murray Street, amongst others, where many of the streets form a closed canopy of purple.
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If you’re looking to see or photograph the white Jacarandas – they can be seen in Herbert Baker street, which is in the suburb of Groenkloof. To get a bird’s eye view, you can venture along Klapperkop Nature Reserve which has many viewpoints from which to admire the sea of purple.