Pretoria is fondly known as the Jacaranda City and this is due to the 70 000 Jacaranda trees that grow in and around the city. From the end of September to mid November the streets literally turn purple. The students believe that if a Jacaranda flower falls on you, then it will go well with your exams! Government Avenue has two rows of Jacaranda trees on the pavements on both sides of the street.
John Munro built Arkleton for himself to live in, in 1912. He was the contractor that built the Palace of Justice on Church Square. This impressive building currently belongs to the Indian High Commission.
In 1889 T.W. Beckett , a business man who arrived in Pretoria in 1874, bought part of the farm Arcadia and built the imposing house known as Merton Keep on the premises. The house was used as a field hospital during the Second South-African War. It later became the residency of the French Ambassador.
Christ Church was designed by Herbert Baker and the foundation stone was laid on 5 February 1906. We will have the opportunity to look around inside the church.
We will meet at the water feature at the entrance of Loftus Park and finish there again. We will leisurely walk and enjoy the Jacaranda Trees in the area, including Government Avenue and Beckett street. We have a guide who will tell you about historic buildings: Arkleton, Merton Keep and Christ Church.
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WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable walking shoes
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COST: R50.00 per person.
Loftus Park has a parking garage.
The photo credit belongs to Wessel du Plessis.
I am the owner of Flycatcher Travel and my idea with this blog is to report on sites that we visit. I am also very interested in South African history.