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Waterkloof (Afrikaans for "Water Cliff") is a suburb of the city of Pretoria, South Africa. It is named after the original farm that stood there when Pretoria was founded in the 19th Century. Located to the east of the city centre, Waterkloof is a leafy, established area that is home to some of the city's most expensive real estate. Like large parts of Pretoria, its streets are lined with many jacaranda trees that blossom in a riot of colour during October. It has been suggested that Suburbia be merged into this article or section. ... The arms of Pretoria. ... Species about 50, including: Jacaranda acutifolia Jacaranda arborea Jacaranda caerulea Jacaranda caroba Jacaranda caucana Jacaranda copaia Jacaranda glabra Jacaranda mimosifolia Jacaranda obtusifolia Jacaranda praetermissa Jacaranda sparrei Jacaranda is a neotropical genus in the family Bignoniaceae. ...

During the apartheid regime in South Africa, Waterkloof was associated with the Afrikaner elite as several high-ranking government officials made their home here. Today it is a highly sought-after area, boasting some magnificent hilltop homesteads on Edward and Victoria Streets, commanding an impressive view of the South African capital. The suburb bears the imprint of the British Empire as many of its streets are named after British royalty. It houses the Pretoria Country Club which has a fine 18-hole golf course. Several ambassadorial residences are located in the suburb. The main thoroughfares are Crown Avenue, which links Waterkloof with the affluent suburb of Brooklyn to its north, and Albert Street, which runs East-West between the neighbouring areas of Hazelwood and Groenkloof. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Afrikaners are white South Africans of predominantly Calvinist Dutch, German, French Huguenot, Friesian and Walloon descent who speak Afrikaans. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps The British Empire was one of the worlds first global powers, a product of the European Age of Exploration that began with the global maritime empires of Portugal and Spain in the...



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