Pretoria

Pretoria is a city in the northern part of Gauteng province in South Africa.

It straddles the Apies River and has spread eastwards into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the administrative branch of government (Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital), and of foreign embassies to South Africa. Pretoria has a reputation for being an academic city with three universities and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) located in its eastern suburbs. The city also hosts the South African Bureau of Standards making the city a hub for research. Pretoria is the central part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality which was formed by the amalgamation of several former local authorities including Centurion and Soshanguve. There have been proposals to change the name of Pretoria itself to Tshwane, and the proposed name change has caused some public controversy.

 

Restaurants in Hazelwood

The suburb known as Hazelwood, situated just above the Pretoria Country Club, east of Waterkloof, is a pretty neighbourhood in the heart of the sought-after eastern suburbs of Pretoria, close to Menlyn shopping centre.

Streets are leafy, gardens well maintained and access to anywhere in Pretoria excellent, particularly with the N1 so close at hand and Lynnwood and Atterbury Roads within easy distance. You are also close to many green belts, or green spots in the city - Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, National Botanical Gardens and the Groenkloof Nature Reserve are all close by, and the university is but a quick drive up Charles Street.

The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, just on the other side of the Atterbury Road Interchange from Hazelwood, is arguably one of the best places within the city to go birding. Some 150 species have been recorded here, including rarities like the corncrake and river warbler. It's also a favourite spot for walking dogs and groups of people meet up here to venture out along the walks.

Colbyn Valley Nature Area is just across the Colbyn Valley from the National Botanical Gardens (an ideal picnic venue) and, while in need of better protection, it is a great space and one to which visitors seldom go (so best to go in a group). It is a wetland area containing peat fossils that date back 8 500 years with at least 6 threatened species of birds. There is an ongoing bid to restore this wetland and save the peatland that is so important.

While in Hazelwood, make sure you take the time to visit the Hazelwood Food Market, on Saturday mornings on Pinaster Street.

 

Hazelwood, Pretoria.

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Greenlyn village center restaurants

Greenlyn Village is a specialised Lifestyle Family Centre nestled in the heart of the Old East of Pretoria.

The idyllic park-like atmosphere forms the focal point for the elegance of the Brooklyn Theatre, with its varied programme of high class entertainment and an Art Gallery – Charming restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes including hearty French Bistro fare, Designer Pizzas, Traditional SA home cooking to Haute Cuisine - a Scuba diving school - a classy Garden Centre and much more. Greenlyn hosts its own Goods Market as well as the Hazelfood Market on Saturday mornings.

 

Greenlyn village center, Pretoria

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