As the days get shorter and winter approaches, it’s very enticing to remain indoors and avoid too much activity. But, if you’re staying in Pretoria, then there’s a lot of diverse winter activities to lure you out of your home. So instead of hibernating this winter, here’s a list of 10 fun winter activities to try out in Pretoria.
10 Fun Winter Activities to Do in Pretoria
1. Enjoy a Show at The Atterbury Theatre
For something a little cultured this winter, why not get to The Atterbury Theatre based in Lynwood. This acoustically-designed performance space provides audiences with a truly incredible audio experience and the theatre constantly boasts top-quality musical and theatrical shows throughout the year.
2. Get warm at The Pretoria Zoo
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa – or Pretoria Zoo – is the only zoo to have acquired ‘national’ status, owing to its impressive selection of well-cared for animals. Home to more than 3 100 animals across various habitat types, including an aquarium and reptile park, this is a lovely way to connect with animals and forget the winter chill.
3. Spend a day at Montana Family Market
What better way to spend a crisp winter day than by browsing a range of collectibles, antiques and home-made products at this popular Pretoria market. The flea market-style shopping complex is home to more than 500 stalls as well as a wide variety of tasty on-the-go food options. Entrenched within the community, Montana Family Market also offers artists an enviable platform – and visitors a wealth of entertainment – in live music performances. Children are also well catered for with a comprehensive kids activities’ line-up prepared every weekend.
4. Watch a Rugby Match at Loftus Versfeld
It’s difficult not to get caught up in rugby fever when visiting Pretoria – particularly in winter as it’s rugby season. Catch a game at Loftus Versfeld where you can support the Springboks or The Blue Bulls while enjoying a beer and boerie roll.
5. Take in a Movie
Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned movie viewing at the cinema…some fresh popcorn, a big drink and some indulgent treats will make any heart happy. The Grove Mall in Pretoria offers two 3D screens as well as the Cine Prestige cinema with fully-reclining leather seats and a VIP lounge for a really memorable event.
6. Go Ice Skating
You might as well slide into the skid of winter cold by getting to an ice skating rink and slip sliding your way to happiness. The Grove Mall also has an Ice Arena, perfect for ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating or just some general fun. This ice rink also uses a particular ammonia and CO2 system to reduce energy waste in cooling.
7. Get Bouncing
Get the blood pumping at BOUNCE Menlyn Maine, a massive indoor trampoline park that offers a great Free-Jump Arena, trampoline Slam Dunk, Big Bag, Dodgeball and Wall Tramps. It also features an Adventure Challenge Course – X-Park – which combines climbing, jumping, free-running and zipping in a fun race format.
8. Picnic at the Union Buildings
It might be winter but Pretoria is renowned for its beautiful, sunny winter days so why not take advantage of the stunning outdoors with a picnic in front of the Union Buildings.
9. Get Climbing
For a more adrenaline-pumping alternative, the Climbing Barn offers a comprehensive ‘introduction to rock climbing’ course for ages 14 and up. There are several professional instructors ready to guide you through the skills needed for rock climbing, all in a safe environment.
10. Game Drive at Rietvlei Nature Reserve
The largest game reserve within a city border, worldwide, Rietvlei is a stunning nature reserve, home to a number of wildlife, including rhino and cheetah. There are game viewing bus tours, lasting two hours, as well as night drives, bird hides and braai options.
Enjoy the sunny winter days that the Highveld has to offer and get out and about with friends and family.