When old man Winter comes to call, we all start dreaming of warmer places where we can shed our wool jackets, underlinings, and day-to-day stresses. This is true for our entire family, as even our children are looking forward to a break from school and social demands that have drained their spirits and left them cold. That is why it is a great idea to plan a family vacation to a warmer climate and take some time to rejuvenate ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally away from everything.
One location that makes an outstanding choice for a bit of family adventure is Pretoria. We’ve all dreamed of an African Safari at some point in our lives and visited zoos to stare in wonder at the interesting creatures and plant life we see there. Why not make that dream a reality and bask in the glow of the African sunset for a while with your family?
Pretoria offers a wealth of opportunities for adventure and fun
While visiting Pretoria or the surrounding region you’ll have plenty of sightseeing opportunities that are sure to result in photos and other memorabilia that will last a lifetime. From the local zoo to the Centurion Mall, you’ll be able to spend time with your family while enjoying plenty of shopping, sightseeing, and relaxation, all located within a reasonable distance from many of the outstanding hotels in the area.
There are plenty of accommodations available like the Protea Hotel Pretoria Centurion and others that are well-within distance for you to find a quick ride or walk to the nearby shops and eateries, while others may be a touch off the beaten path. Each hotel in this idyllic location offers a wide range of services and amenities, so you’ll want to do your homework to match your family with the hotel that suits your needs.
If you choose a hotel that is a bit out of walking distance, simply pop over to Gautrain Station, as you will find it very convenient for traveling around with your family and the stops reach quite a few locations easily and quickly. If you’re concerned that your children will not have plenty to entertain them, you can rest easy knowing there are several curious locations for them to explore in the city such as the Centurion Society of Model Engineers. This place has a great number of train displays including old-fashioned steam engines and even a miniature train for them to ride!
Get lost in the wilderness in South Africa without any danger
Another amazing place for you to visit while you are there is the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, which features a wide variety of regional animals, as well as some from other areas of the world. You and your family will have a great time watching the African Penguins play, and the Pygmy Hippopotamus is a creature you certainly will not want to miss either!
Other featured animals include:
Western Lowland Gorilla
In addition to the wealth of creatures and habitats you’ll have to view, there are also plenty of educational opportunities where you can learn about the animals and habitats, as well as plenty of eateries where you can sample some of the delicious foods of the region.
Learning about South African history is a must while you are there
One of the premier places to visit is the Union Buildings, where you will want to go after a visit to the Zoo. This building not only houses the President, but was also the location of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, a prominent historical figure whose 28-foot statue resides at the building. You will have the chance to take a tour and learn quite a lot about the history of South Africa, which will certainly help to enrich your cultural knowledge.
If you’re interested in exploring more of the region, why not take a safari trip through Lion Park in Johannesburg during your visit? It makes a large jump from the visit to the Zoo, as you’ll be able to see wildlife up close in their natural habitat while riding in a secure land cruiser. These safaris are excellent photo opportunities, as you’re likely to come across a number of beautiful and interesting animals like giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs, and wild dogs.
After your safari, head back to the hotel and enjoy the many amenities they have to offer. Accommodations such as those at the Protea Hotel Pretoria Centurion by Marriott offer some great ways to relax and unwind after a long day of adventuring. You can send the kids off for a dip in the pool while you take advantage of workout facilities or simply take a moment to get some work done if you are on a working holiday.
No matter where you stay, or which activities you choose to experience, a vacation in South Africa will make you forget about the winter cold and snow. After a long year of work, it is the perfect choice for a relaxing getaway and you’re sure to make plenty of memories for your family to enjoy for years to come.