Pretoria — South Africa’s capital and home of its executive government — is often overlooked in favour of Johannesburg or Cape Town, but with a host of natural, architectural and historical wonders, the ‘Jacaranda city’ is proving to be an increasingly popular destination in its own right.
The city features generally steadier weather than the other big South African cities, as, the surrounding mountains tend to trap the warmer weather, making Pretoria is a desirable tourist destination all year round. It’s also a city central to the nation’s economy, so equally popular with business travellers.
Offering some of the country’s most splendid buildings, as well as the opportunity to undertake safari excursions, Pretoria is a city not to be missed and one which will offer visitors a new experience on every visit.
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Pretoria is a large city and like any other in Africa, it has both good and bad areas. Choosing where to stay is the first step in planning an enjoyable trip, which it is advisable to book through a reputable company that can offer advice on the best neighbourhoods. Whilst there are plenty of hotels throughout Pretoria, anyone looking at making an extended stay in the city may war to look into a serviced apartment.
We can offer a selection go high-end properties to suit your individual travel requirements - ranging from self-contained studios to luxury family apartments and corporate housing. Each location is selected for the high quality of its interior and its convenience of location. Fitted with all mod cons and furnished to the highest standards, serviced apartments in Pretoria offer unparalleled comfort and the privacy of having your own space.
Pretoria is home to three of South Africa’s main universities, therefore it features a vibrant culture and arts scene, which can be experienced across the city. Those with an interest in architecture will want to visit the stunning Union Buildings and the Voortrekker monument, whilst the Transvaal museum offers a wealth of natural history from ‘the cradle of humankind’ within its 19th century walls. Those looking to enjoy the natural wonders of South Africa can visit the National Zoological Gardens or the Pretoria Natural Botanical Gardens, which both showcase the countries diverse wildlife and flora.
Pretoria is also a great place for shopping, with three large shopping malls located towards the city centre. Menlyn Park shopping centre is arguably the premiere location - with over 500 stores it is unlikely that you won't find what you are looking for in this ultra modern facility. There’s also the nearby Grove Mall, which offers a smaller selection of shops and eaters, and Wonderpark shopping, carrying everything from famous fashion brands to consumer banking.
Getting around in Pretoria is easy and cost effective, as the city is served by an extensive public transport network. The Tshwane Bus Services offer cheap and comprehensive routes across the city centre, though most stop running early in the evening, and few operate on weekends. There are also Metrorail routes spread out across the city from the Pretoria railway station, offering discounted weekly or monthly tickets.
Anyone wishing to travel around the Gauteng province, or to Johannesburg, can make use of The Gautrain - an 80-kilometre mass rapid transit railway system which serves the region and has two stations in Pretoria. There are also coach operators like Greyhound, Translux, Intercape Mainliner and the BazBus offering connections to other major cities in South Africa.
The city also has numerous reliable and reasonably well-priced taxi and private hire firms, which provide a convenient and safe way of getting around the centre.