Located in Pretoria Central, this is Pretoria’s oldest park and is now a national monument. Spend the day out in the sun reading a classic novel or walking in the fresh breeze. The park is home to a lovely lawn, huge trees, a play area for the kiddies and a range of interesting sculptures. It’s the perfect place to relax and forget about the everyday stress of life.
Contact details: 012 358 0495 | Corner Thabo Sehume St & Jacob Maré Streets, Pretoria Central, Pretoria
Pierre van Ryneveld Nature Area
Although not quite a park, this nature area is a definite must-visit in Pretoria. The area consists of 16 hectares of open plains. Here you can view the indigenous flora and a multitude of birds, small mammals and reptiles. It’s a great spot for a late afternoon walk with your family or a quick early morning hike. Bring your dogs for their daily walks, or just enjoy being in the quiet of nature for a short while. Entrance to the Nature Area is free but access controlled.
Contact details: 012 667 1630 | 88 Hertzog Ave, Pierre van Ryneveld Park, Centurion
This park is known as being one of Pretoria’s most beautiful parks. And we can see why. The park is home to soft green grass, giant trees and a pristine waterhole. The park offers an onsite restaurant that serves some of the most delicious food you’ll find this side of the equator. Other offerings here include a play area and jungle gym for the little ones, frequent arts and craft markets and plenty of benches parked under the shade of the trees.
Contact details: 012 358 0495 | Queen Wilhelmina Drive & University Rd, Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Pretoria
National Botanical Gardens
This 76 hectare garden is home to more than 220 species of bird and a variety of mammals and nocturnal creatures. Visit the garden to tour the various biomes and wildlife or for a day in the sun surrounded by nature and fresh air. This is a wonderful spot for photographers looking for the perfect shot, or lovers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Contact details: 012 843 5172 | 2 Cussonia Street, Brummeria, Pretoria
Jan Cilliers Park
Take the family for a day out at this park in Groenkloof. This park has ample space for the dogs and kids to run around and burn off extra energy. There are no entertainment facilities for the little ones, so make sure you bring a ball, Frisbee or some board games to keep occupied. The park also has some magnificent views with the many shrubs, trees and the body of water.
Contact details: 012 358 0495 | Corner Wenning St & Broderick St, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Bishop Bird Nature Area
This 16 hectare nature area is located a stone’s throw from the Rooihuiskraal Historical Terrain. The setting offers lush vegetation, including shrubs, trees and a kaleidoscope of beautiful flowers. Visitors can see everything on offer on the 2.8km trail and the 3m high wooden deck. Bring your pooch along for the short hike along the serene path.
Contact details: 012 667 1630 | Roosmaryn Pl, Rooihuiskraal North, Centurion
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