Looking for something fun to do in Pretoria now that spring is here? Then be sure to check out these three fun-filled activities…
See the Jacarandas
Why you should experience it: If there ever was a more apt nickname than that of Jacaranda city for Pretoria, it would be hard to find. The iconic jacaranda trees that burst with purple blooms every spring are a sight to behold. Take a walk through the city to view the pretty flowers up close, and be sure to check out some of the oldest Jacarandas which grow along Bosman and Cilliers Streets.
Where to see it: For the best birds-eye view, take a drive up into the Klapperkop Nature Reserve (entrance is free), accessed from Johann Rissik Drive. Great viewpoints overlook the city. Try to spot the hundred rare white Jacaranda trees on Herbert Baker Street.
Take a hike at Hennops, Pretoria
Why you should experience it: What better way to take advantage of the warm change of season than with a hike? And where better than at Hennops Hiking Trail right on Pretoria’s doorstep?
The Hennops hiking trail consists of three trails that set out from the Hadeda Camp and are filled with natural scenery almost anyone would appeciate. Hikers can choose from the 2km Dassie trail, the 5km Zebra trail, which are both relatively easy to manage, or if they’re up for a challenge, hikers could take on the 10km Krokodilberg trail!
How to get there: Hennops Trails is located 30km from Pretoria and Fourways on the R511 to Hartbeespoort Dam.
How much is it: R100 per adult and R50 for children.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Why you should visit: Rietvlei Nature Reserve is a favourite spot for birdwatchers, as the two dams on-site shelter open water and wetland species of bird. South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, can also be spotted by lucky visitors. Opt for a self-drive game drive, or book a guided tour.
Adventure-seekers can take to the dam waters (in designated areas) for non-motorised water sports, fishing, saddle up on horseback or explore the hiking trails. There are guided one and two-day trails in the area
There are also basic camping facilities and self-catering chalets for visitors who wish to spend the night. For information, visit https://friendsofrietvlei.org. Booking is essential.
How much does it cost? R68 per adult per day to access the reserve.
How to get there: The nature reserve is in the suburb of Irene, about a 30-minute drive from the city centre.