Open-top bus parades are invariably reserved for triumphant sports teams in South Africa. However, a new innovation is allowing tourists to revel in this VIP treatment and be chauffeured around Tshwane/Pretoria. A number have already taken advantage of this initiative and been able to admire the city's diversity and beauty.
Tshwane/Pretoria is home to Loftus Versveld, of the stadiums that hosted matches at this year's FIFA Confederations Cup and will do the same at next year's FIFA World Cup™. So, if you're heading to Johannesburg next June, be sure to make the short trip to Tshwane/ Pretoria [only a 40-minute drive away] to experience the bus tour, which will take you to some of the most iconic places in the city. These include the presidential residence, union buildings, Freedom Park, Zoological Gardens, shopping malls and hotels.
Tshwane/ Pretoria is one of the oldest cities in South Africa and has a rich history. According to the Chairman of the Tshwane Tourism Action Team, Mike Gcabo, the bus guides tourists to more than 40 destinations within the city. Tourists are able to hop on or off at these stops. The bus will operate Monday to Friday, from 8am to 4pm, and on Saturday, from 8am to 2pm. Professional tour guides will be on board to tell tourists about each attraction.
"Tshwane tourism has selected the best places the city has to offer for this bus route, and we are confident it will make viewing the city much easier for both FIFA World Cup fans and visitors beyond 2010," said Gcabo. "This is a legacy project that we will continue with after the World Cup. We have already started with this project and people have welcomed it."