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Union Buildings

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Address: Government Ave, Pretoria, South Africa
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Beautiful gardens

These are some beautiful, laid back gardens that make for a nice tourist stop. You will want to admire the giant statue of Mandela and have your picture taken in front of it. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alexis K
Edmonton, Canada
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place. I go there often to exercise. The lawns and surroundings are well maintained so it's perfect for picnics as well.

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These are some beautiful, laid back gardens that make for a nice tourist stop. You will want to admire the giant statue of Mandela and have your picture taken in front of it. The buildings are not open for tourism and there are no washrooms, but the park is lovely. You can also buy an ice cream and there are... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit, gardens are well kept, can picnic, great photo opportunities for the kids, ideal in spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom.

Thank Bobby B
Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an amazing place this is, and make sure you have your camera ready, as there are some great shots to get here. Recommended.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see when in Pretoria to see the history, the beautiful gardens and the new'ish statue of Nelson Mandela

Thank Phil W
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most people probably end up spending much of their time here at the giant Mandela statue, the site of millions of photos. But there is more than this to it.

Thank n s
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The union building is majestic on a hill top. It is not open for tourists but one can take pictures of its exterior and the gorgeous surrounding! Recommend 30 minutes at this spot and walk down the hill as one checks out the building then the status of Mandela, the significant president of South Africa. Many families were doing either... More 

Thank Rachelle W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love it. Just fix the gates and fence. Up your security and be more strick. This is to beautiful of a place to turn into rubbish.

Thank arnold510
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, educational and peaceful! Great for an afternoon picnic... gardens well maintained. Statue of Nelson Mandela a must see.

Thank Irma d
Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in this once wonderful Cosmopolitan City, clean, safe and very hip, the Union Buildings (Parlament) was an integral part of my everyday life, as my apartment had an open view to the Koppie where it sits. Its awesome, with incredible history attached to it, not just political. I had the opportunity of attending a Concert by the 3... More 

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