PLACES TO VISIT IN PRETORIA.

With the festive season approaching people are busy preparing holiday getaways and vacations. Are you thinking of a vacation for you and your family and you don’t know where to go exactly? The capital city of South Africa got you covered with best places to see and a lot of fun activities to do with family and friends.

The national Zoological Garden of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country. According to culture trip, the national zoo is a home to more than 3 100 animals. It includes a reptile park, a marine aquarium and a farmyard enclosure where children can pat cows and pigs. It is a great place to have a picnic with family and friends. It also has an open space for a barbeque.

Cedar Junction theme park has tree replicas of life sized trains, suitable for children. At Cedar Junction theme park, there are more fun activities for the whole family. There are swimming pools, jumping castles and trampolines, jungle gyms and a sandpit and mini bike tracks. The place is highly recommended for children.

If you are a horse riding fan, Esperanza Equestrian Center is the place for you. It is located at Volstruis Street, Mooiplaas at Pretoria. Horse riding is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. At Esperanza Equestrian Center, they have pony rides for little children of all ages. You don’t have to bring along your own horse because they borrow your their own horses.

While parents enjoy a trail run through any of Pretoria’s top mountain bike trail, the small ones enjoy cycling in the safety of Hazeldean Valley Kiddies Bike Park. The park also caters for parents to have a bite at the Cow house market without worrying about the safety of the little ones. Inside the bike park, there are two trails for toddlers and older children. The exciting part is that the entry is free.

The Grove Mall is just the place for people who enjoy ice skating. Pretoria’s only ice skating rink is popular for young and old. The mall also has more fun activities that one can enjoy during festive season. They have a tenpin bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, the 4D simulator and classic arcade games. For the little ones there is toddler Water Park where they can spend hours of fun.

Bester Birds Zoo has a collection of close to 55 bird species. It is a family-run educational conservation center. The bird Zoo also includes 40 varieties of other animals such as crocodiles, tortoises and big cats. It is best suited for animal lovers.

Now that we have that covered it’s up to you to make your pick!

BY: ZANELE MAGAGULA

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