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Union Buildings Tours and Activities

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Union Buildings
South Africa's national government is split between three cities, and in Pretoria, the government is housed in the Union Buildings, which were built in the early 1900s after Pretoria became the administrative capital of the newly united Union of South Africa. The two wings of the structure represent English and Afrikaans, with the court between the two representing the Union of South Africa.
 
The offices of the president of South Africa is still in the Union Buildings, and the country's flag flies over the left wing if the president is there. The amphitheatre was renamed in 2013 as the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, and a 29.5-foot-tall statue of Mandela stands in front of the Union Buildings now.

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The Union Buildings are not open to the public, but the gardens that surround them are.
Address: Government Ave., Pretoria, Gauteng 0002, South Africa
Hours: Gardens - 24hrs
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Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg

Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg

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Explore the highlights of Pretoria during a tour from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to one of South Africa’s capitals, often called ‘Jacaranda City’ for the profusion of lavender blossoms on its tree-lined streets each spring. Walk to Church Square to see where Nelson Mandela received a life sentence in 1964 and the nearby building where he became president of South Africa three decades later. Visit the famous Voortrekker Monument and the 19th-century home of Boer leader Paul Kruger.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.53
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$99.53
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Half-Day Pretoria City Tour

Half-Day Pretoria City Tour

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Get comprehensive tour of Pretoria in a single day, perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time. With a guide providing in-depth commentary and all directions, seeing all the sights in a short time will be a breeze. Learn about Pretoria's history, culture, and modern life through visits to the Union Building, Paul Kruger's house, the Church Square, the Voorterkker Monument, and others.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.39
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$101.39
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Johannesburg History Tour and Kruger National Park in 5 Days

Johannesburg History Tour and Kruger National Park in 5 Days

Many visitors to South Africa head straight on straight on safari without experience the human history of the country. Combine heritage and nature on this tour that takes you to Kruger National Park as well as the Cradle of Human Kind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,069.00
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$2,069.00
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Pretoria City Guided Day Tour

Pretoria City Guided Day Tour

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Explore South Africa's capital city, Pretoria, on this sightseeing tour with a guide. Listen to commentary on the history, culture, architecture, and people of the "Garden City" while visiting the top attractions. Stops include Church Square, the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, and others. Lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$177.68
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$177.68
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Pretoria Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Pretoria

Pretoria Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Pretoria

Discover South Africa’s diverse heritage and troubled history on this full-day tour, visiting four incredible museums in one day. Trace the history of the Afrikaners people at the Voortrekker Museum in Pretoria, tour the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, then visit the Soweto township to learn about the Youth Uprising in 1976 at the Hector Pieterson Museum and visit the Nelson Mandela House Museum.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$187.03
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$187.03
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Pretoria Capital City Tour from Johannesburg / Sandton, every TUESDAY

Pretoria Capital City Tour from Johannesburg / Sandton, every TUESDAY

Get a comprehensive tour Pretoria on this half-day excursion from Sandton. With a guide providing navigation and commentary, you'll embark on a curated itinerary designed to show you the highlights of the city in a short time. Get panoramic views of the the Jacaranda City from the preident's office in the Union Building and stop at all the other must-see Pretoria landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.13
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$65.13
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Pretoria Capital City Tour from Pretoria, every TUESDAY

Pretoria Capital City Tour from Pretoria, every TUESDAY

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Get a comprehensive tour of Pretoria on this city highlights excursion. With a guide in the lead, you'll be sure not to miss anything; stops include the Union Building, Voortrekker Monument, and Church Square. Listen to in-depth commentary about Pretoria's role in South Africa's culture, politics, and history as you travel. This tour is a great option for first-time visitors in search of an orientation or those short on time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.43
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$51.43
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Pretoria Sightseeing and History Tour from Johannesburg

Pretoria Sightseeing and History Tour from Johannesburg

Tour the administrative capital of South Africa with this memorable day trip from Johannesburg. Explore the streets with an expert local guide and learn about the history, culture and traditions that make this a unique destination. This tour makes stops at The Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House Museum, the Union Building and more. It's the perfect way to make the most of your time in South Africa.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.56
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$113.56
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Pretoria & Cullinan Tours-Full Day

Pretoria & Cullinan Tours-Full Day

This Tour tells a history of South African White ancestors, how they suffered and struggled against black tribes to come and settle in Pretoria, this tour also tells you the history of the oldest mine pipe in the world
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.57
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$102.57

Johannesburg in 2 Days History and Culture Tour

Johannesburg in 2 Days History and Culture Tour

Spend two days exploring the hidden history of Johannesburg with a guide. You'll be able to go in-depth into the city's history and culture by spending an extensive amount of time uncovering the truth of the past. Listen to guided commentary on the Afrikaneers, the discover of gold in the area, and the Apartheid era. Finish up with a visit to the Cradle of Human Kind and the Lesedi Cultural Village.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$436.75
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$436.75
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Johannesburg & Pretoria Photo Tour

Johannesburg & Pretoria Photo Tour

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My photographic tour of the two major cities in South Africa takes you on a journey of views and history which you can research online. Every view, every photographer and every picture will tell a different story of your experience. I myself am a photographer and everytime I take a picture at the same place its a different magical experience. This is a unique, informative and captivating tour for young and old.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.16
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$80.16
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Private tour of Gauteng Province: Pretoria, Apartheid Museum & Soweto

Private tour of Gauteng Province: Pretoria, Apartheid Museum & Soweto

Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa, accounting for only 1.5% of the land area. Nevertheless, it is highly urbanised, containing the major highways and the country's largest city, Johannesburg, its administrative capital, Pretoria and the historical Soweto. We have combined the most popular attractions in the province in a day tour – if you only have one day to see it all, this is the tour for you:
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.27
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$140.27
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11-Days South African Classic Tour with Kruger National Park and Cape Town

11-Days South African Classic Tour with Kruger National Park and Cape Town

This 11 days tour covers the best of what South Africa has to offer. The tour brings together the magnificent scenery of The Drakensberg Mountains, historical and cultural experience including the both experience of wildlife safari in The Kruger National Park and City Life in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. In the Kruger National your are guaranteed to see some of the BIG FIVE.  The tour will begin in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town or start in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. You can choose where you want to start your tour.
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  • 11 days
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$3,786.21
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$3,786.21
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Half Day Pretoria City and Monuments Tour

Half Day Pretoria City and Monuments Tour

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Pretoria is an iconic city and is full of historical and cultural attractions. Join us on this journey of discovery as we take you back into time as well as discover the current culture of the city. Key attractions we visit include: union buildings Voortrekker monument Church square Pretoria city centre tour
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.52
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$93.52
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The Ultimate Johannesburg & Pretoria Experience

The Ultimate Johannesburg & Pretoria Experience

Our passion is making you feel at home on your vacation, arranging your travel plans and hosting you upon your arrival! We believe in providing a personal touch beyond just making your reservations. All our friendly agents have traveled extensively and have first-hand knowledge of the destinations we book for. We’re in the business of making your travel arrangements hassle-free.
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  • 9 days
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$2,800.00
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$2,800.00

Pretoria City Tour & Cullinan Diamond Full Day Tour

Pretoria City Tour & Cullinan Diamond Full Day Tour

Enjoy these day tour from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria and lets us take you back in time on these amazing tour that show cases the City of Pretoria. We start off in union buildings then head to Kruger Museum and get to know the siginificance of these museum in modern South Africa. We then take off to Vortrekker Monument and get to know more about the white Afrikaneers of South Africa and how they fought the british back in the days. We finalize the tour by heading to Culinan Diamond mine tour and get to know what guys do when they down there looking for tha precious metal. A wonderful day awaits with lost of history and also a bit mining history.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.77
per group
From
$102.77
per group

Pretoria full day - War and Peace - the story of the Voortrekkers -Private Guide

Pretoria full day - War and Peace - the story of the Voortrekkers -Private Guide

Come and trace the incredible story of the hardships and hostilities faced by the Voortrekkers in their quest for freedom and independence. Told through the eyes of Paul Kruger, General, Statesman and President of the Transvaal Boer Republic for almost 20 years. Under his leadership the Boers took on the might of the British Empire inflicting many humiliating defeats on the greatest army of its time before conceding defeat. Understand the reasons for the struggle and the fight over land and resources between the British, Boers and local African tribes. What legacy has this left today for our country? What are the challenges we now face and what is the way forward? How may hearts and minds be changed to embrace the dream of The Rainbow Nation? This story tour will give you some insights into these questions and others.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$164.11
Price varies by group size
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$164.11
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14-Day Tour of South Africa from Johannesburg

14-Day Tour of South Africa from Johannesburg

Arranging a 14-day tour covering South Africa’s finest attractions may be a daunting prospect to undertake on your own; booking this tour means the logistics are all arranged for you. Depart Johannesburg and head into the untamed wild in Kruger National Park, then on to Swaziland and Zululand. Travel the country’s scenic Garden Route—during which you can focus on sightseeing instead of driving and directions—and end up in Cape Town. You’ll get the most out of your tour by traveling with a guide who will share in-depth commentary along the way.
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  • 14 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,772.09
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$2,772.09
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Culture, Wildlife and Heritage 3 Days

Culture, Wildlife and Heritage 3 Days

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The tour Itinerary covers the most visited destinations in Johannesburg or South Africa. These are SOWETO, APARTHEID MUSEUM, LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE, PILANESBURG NATIONAL PARK AND PRETORIA CITY. Ideal for time saving at a much deserving rates. Also the flexibility to accommodate our guests for Sun City Holiday Resort visit.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$655.64
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$655.64

Johannesburg Tour and Cape Town Tour in 10 Days Best Tour

Johannesburg Tour and Cape Town Tour in 10 Days Best Tour

Dive in to South Africa History in Cape Town and Johannesburg on these 10 Days Tour.Enjoy the best tour that combines all the best attractions in these 2 Cities. We will start the tour in Johannesburg where we will learn about the history of Apartheid and also get a taste of Safari before taking a flight and heading to Cape Town for the remainder of the Tour.
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  • 10 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,838.88
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$2,838.88
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Pretoria Full Day City Tour

Pretoria Full Day City Tour

This is absolutely a unique experience in a lifetime. South Africa has 3 Capital Cities being Cape Town seat of Parliament, Bloemfontein for the Judiciary and Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. After Washington DC, only Pretoria has second biggest diplomatic representation than any city than any other city in the world. Visit the Union Building, Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square, Jacaranda street and get to see Unisa and other institutions of amongst others.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
From
$65.00
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Half Day (Morning) Storytelling Tour - South Africa's untold stories in Pretoria

Half Day (Morning) Storytelling Tour - South Africa's untold stories in Pretoria

Walk with a South African icon though Pretoria on this experiential historical city tour with a twist! Tour guides have been carefully selected to charismatically simulate the figures they have taken on as alter-egos. They have intimately studied and adopted every detail of their character, including their dialect, dress and life experience. From Paul Kruger or Dingaan, guests have the opportunity to meet and engage with the characters and to get answers to questions never before posed.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.21
Price varies by group size
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$119.21
Price varies by group size
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Pretoria, Joburg and Soweto Full Day Tour (English / German Guided)

Pretoria, Joburg and Soweto Full Day Tour (English / German Guided)

Enjoy the sights of Pretoria from the Union Buildings, explore the historic places in Soweto, admire the culture, visit Constitution Hill, and take in the views. Discover all the sights and tastes that Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto have to offer, in a day.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.93
Price varies by group size
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$108.93
Price varies by group size
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Private Pretoria, Joburg and Soweto Full Day Tour

Private Pretoria, Joburg and Soweto Full Day Tour

Enjoy the sights of Pretoria from the Union Buildings, explore the historic places in Soweto, admire the culture, visit Constitution Hill, and take in the views. Discover all the sights and tastes that Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto have to offer, in a day.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.13
Price varies by group size
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$178.13
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Union Buildings hours of operation?
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Union Buildings hours of operation: Gardens - 24hrs. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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