As a visitor to Tshwane – one of the oldest cities in South Africa, with a rich heritage and immense cultural diversity -- you are welcome to join the thousands who visit the City each year to experience its many landmarks, heritage sites, and other places of important historical, cultural and spiritual significance.
The City manages a number of recreational and sports facilities that offer residents and visitors alike a large variety of opportunities for leisure and relaxation.
In keeping with our focus on inspiring the world, influencing Africa and leading South Africa, Tshwane is replete with many fine heritage sites, museums and art galleries. These include the Union Buildings and its spectacular gardens, as well as the Diamond Hill Battlefield, Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. Other must-sees include the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, and museums and galleries such as Melrose House, the Pioneer Museum, and Sammy Marks museum.
Besides celebrating our cultural diversity, visitors can also range outdoors – Tshwane’s parks and other outdoor facilities offer the perfect respite from the hustle-and-bustle of business of the central business district (CBD) and urban districts. The City is particularly proud of its natural heritage and is world renowned for its many trees. Affectionately known as the Jacaranda City, Tshwane is home to the Pretoria National Zoological Gardens -- the largest zoo in the country – while our botanical gardens are spread over 76 hectares. Outdoor activities include bird watching, nature reserves, golf, adventure sport -- and so much more.
Of course, the City not only caters for the casual tourist; business visitors have access to superb conference and hospitality facilities at our leading world-class hotels and conference centres.
Tourism’s main responsibility, as a division of the Economic Development Department, is the achievement of the second City Strategic Objective, “Facilitate higher and shared economic growth and development”. It seeks to achieve this by optimising city-wide Tourism opportunities from a cultural, business, and capital city status perspective.
The approach to tourism development and promotion is through ensuring sustainable and responsible tourism development. This is achieved by encouraging all stakeholders to grow the tourism economy in Tshwane, whilst providing social and economic benefits to local communities and teaching appreciation of the environment.
The division recognises the interdependence between environment; community; industry; economy and policy in order to achieve sustainable and responsible tourism development. This is specifically aimed at protecting and enhancing both the natural and cultural environment, while meeting basic human needs, promoting equity, and resulting in an improved quality of life for all.