Pretoria : 30 miles north of Johannesburg, Pretoria is known as the â€œFlower of the Transvaal.â€ In the late spring thousands of jacaranda trees bloom. The avenues of purple flowers make a sight famous throughout the continent. There are some interesting buildings the house from which Winston Churchill escaped in the Boer War; President Krugerâ€™s house; the Union Buildings and Gardens.
During Jacaranda Week when the trees bloom there is a festival and a contest to choose the Jacaranda Queen. Good hotels include the Assembly, Culemborg and the Union. About 25 miles from Pretoria is the famous Premier Diamond Mine, where the Cullinan diamond was found in 1905. This mine is working again after lying idle for several years.
Victoria Falls : One of the great wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, on the Zambesi River between Northern and Southern Rhodesia
about 600 miles from Johannesburg. Discovered by Dr. Livingston in 1855, they have become the mecca of tourists. At their greatr height they are about twice as high as Niagara and are more than mile wide. The main falls are 273 feet high; the Rainbow Falls about 325. The volume of water in April is so great that mist and spray obscure the view. During June to October (the best time to visit) it is warm in the daytime and very cool at night, so take warm clothing along. Motor launches will take you up the river to Kandahar Island, the camp site of Livingstone. This is a full-day excursion and really fascinating. You pass Lodando Island, where occasionally hippopotami are to be seen and where crocodiles abound.
The luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel here has an open-air swimming pool, dancing, excellent food and comfortable rooms. Rates are about $6 single and up. There is a rest camp nearby and a camping site.