A walk through a meteor impact crater and the rich history of the Voortrekker Monument and Pretoria with a private guide
Imagine the silence of the bush as you walk up the bushed walls of a beautifully preserved meteor impact crater about 225000 years old. Gaze across a spring-fed lake to the other wall about 1km away and imagine the energy needed to blast this hole in the earth. Observe the folding of the rock on the way out up the old salt mining road.
Pretoria, the administrative capital, is a bustling modern city, liberally sprinkled with historical buildings such as Paul Kruger's house, the Raadsaal, Melrose House, City Hall, the Transvaal Museum and the Union Buildings, a magnificent example of the work of Sir Herbert Baker. These buildings are now the Presidency. The history of the city area predates European settlement and makes for interesting discussion.
We wend our way through some of the suburbs, from high density flatlands to spread-out homes, older buildings to the most modern, until it's time to depart.
We travel directly to Tswaing Crater from Johannesburg. Please note, this walk will require good walking shoes and a hat. The walk is approx. 7. 5km, and will take 2-3hrs depending on speed walked and length of stops.
From the crater we drive to the city, visiting the Voortrekker Monument if interested and travelling down Church Street past Paul Kruger's house to Church Square. We alight and walk around before proceeding to the Union Buidings. Here, we can walk in the gardens and view the memorials.
We then proceed back to Johannedburg, passing Melrose House and City Hall before leaving the city and returning to Johannesburg.
The itinerary is flexible, and can be changed to accommodate any special interest - I aim for the personal touch.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your place of accommodation
End location: Your place of accommodation
Duration: 8 hours
This tour can take between 8 and 10 hours, depending on the time spent at each location and the traffic.
It is not suitable for rainy days, and can be modified to exclude the crater and include the Voortekker Monument instead.
Please note that in summer it can get quite hot.
Airconditioned Volkswagen Microbus, with a maximum of 7 people.
Transport and guide, soft drinks, tea/coffee and snacks in the vehicle. All entry fees.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 South African Rand - You will only need this money for purchases of a personal nature, such as souvenirs.
Any purchases of a personal nature, such as curios, and any food other than the complete picnic provided.
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This was a tour that covered the countryside and Pretoria. Lesley is a very knowledgeable guide who catered to our (a group of five late middle aged ladies) every need