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Smuts House

Updated 11/12/2014

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This small wood-and-iron country house in Irene, an outlying suburb of Pretoria, was the residence of three-time South African prime minister Jan Christian Smuts, who played active roles in the South African War and World Wars I and II and was instrumental in setting up the League of Nations (forerunner of the United Nations). Despite his military background, he was committed to working for peace and remains one of South Africa's most interesting historical characters.

His home illustrates the simple manner in which he lived until his death in 1950. There's a tea garden on the large grounds, an adjacent campsite, and easy trails up a nearby hill. On the second and last Saturday of each month, a crafts market takes to the grounds.

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Sight Information


Off Nelmapius Rd., Irene, Pretoria, 0157, South Africa



Sight Details:

  • R20
  • Daily 9:30–4

Updated 11/12/2014


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