Pretoria…. our Capital City and the home of the Union Buildings, International Embassies and Educational landmarks! As with any city, it’s built up and densely populated – it’s a business hub, a residential haven and bustling melting pot of cultures and generations. It is also known as the Jacaranda City for its abundance of purple flowering trees which bloom annually covering many of the main roads in a carpet of purple! But these aren’t the only trees in Pretoria and there are a number of tree-related activities that one can participate in.
ACROBRANCH ADVENTURE COURSES
The Acrobranch park is equipped with a variety of adrenaline packed obstacles that include a 300m long zipline – the longest zipline in Gauteng. For the less adventurous there is an alternative route so if climbing up appeals to you more than getting back down, fear not for they have made provision! With narrow bridges and platforms, ziplines and ladders, this park makes for fantastic parties and team building events and is suitable for all ages.
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Acrobranch Pretoria North
18 Honingnestkrans Street, Road, Pretoria North
086 999 0369
VISIT THE 1000 – YEAR OLD WONDERBOOM FIG TREE
The Wonderboom is a fig tree (a specimen of Ficus Salicifolia) which is over 1000 years old and grew in such a way that 13 daughter trees grew around it, forming a massive shaded area that spans 50 metres and can shelter up to 1000 people. It is 23m high and a nature reserve has been built around it to protect it – the Wonderboom Nature Reserve! Legend has it that it grew to such an enormous size because a powerful chief was buried below it – but regardless if this is true or not, it’s a sight worth seeing. Apart from the tree, visitors are also welcome to visit the reserve for hiking, birding and to picnic.
Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Wonderboom, Pretoria
012 543 0918
THE PRETORIA NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is one of South Africa’s nine National Botanical Gardens and spans 76 hectares, divided into two bio-domes. Fifty hectares of which is devoted to developed gardens using almost exclusively South African plants, which includes 50% of the county’s tree species. Apart from taking a leisurely stroll through the gardens, visitors can also picnic, view numerous bird species or visit the waterfall in the forest section and the occasional acoustic concert is also held here – making for an awesome afternoon outdoors!
2 Cussionia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria
012 843 5071
They’re not quite trees, but it’s an awesome venue to spend a day surrounded by beautiful rose bushes. Established in 1971, Ludwig’s has grown to become one of the biggest providers of rose variations and the farm in Pretoria now has a restaurant (The Rose Kitchen) and venue (The Rose Shed Venue), enabling you to spend a meal or a celebration surrounded by the scent of roses. Many of the menu options themselves include rose extracts and home-made edible rose products such as rose jam, rose syrup and even salt and pepper can be bought on site. There is a playground within view of the restaurant making it a perfect venue for a day out for the whole family.
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Ludwig’s Rose Farm, Plot 61, Hakdoornlaagte, Pretoria
012 544 0144