We recommend staying at The Capital House in Pretoria's diplomatic enclave, next to where the US and British ambassadors live. For better views ask for a room on the top floor.

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Unfortunately public transportation in Pretoria (and most of South Africa) isn't great, so you'll want to hire a car in Pretoria or on landing at O.R. Tambo International Airport, both to get to your hotel/guest house and for day trips.

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Pretoria

Pretoria is home to South Africa's parliament for half the year, and is situated in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Pretoria is contained in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (named in memory of King Tshwane, ruler of the BaTswana people), which stretches for 60km east to west and 70km north to south. Church Street in Pretoria is the longest urban street in South Africa.

Pretoria

Pretoria is situated within the City of Tshwane which has around 3m people and is growing rapidly. Being home to a plethora of government departments, It has a large number of people working in the civil service.

Suburbs

Pretoria can be split up into Pretoria East, Pretoria North-East, Pretoria North-West, Pretoria Central-Western and Pretoria South.

Pretoria North-West

Kirkney/Andeon/Zandfontein are situated between the Witwatersberg & the Magaliesberg, about 10km from Pretoria's city centre.

Kirkney lies just west of Booysens, with Van der Hoff Road (R514) going through it, a short drive from the Hartbeespoort Dam & the Magaliesburg Mountain range.

Things to do

Union Buildings (where South Africa's parliaments is located 6 months of the years).

Castor and Pollux

This monument above was unveiled by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick in 1929. Above are the statues of the twin brothers Castor and Pollux clasping hands to control a war horse. The statue is a symbol of the people of South Africa who are united in their determination to defend their common ideals.

Hartbeespoort Dam ballooning

Cradle of mankind

Erasmus castle

Voortrekker Monument

Wonderboom (Wonder tree)

Water skiing at the Vaal Dam

Pretoria Zoo (The first Koala bear ever born in Africa was born at the Pretoria Zoo in January 2006). The zoo is huge and has a cable car. Or if you prefer a wilder spot, try the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

Home to more than 150 embassies, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

Visit a Museum:

  • Ditsong Museum of Cultural History
  • Ditsong National Museum of History
  • Ditsong Tswaing Meteorite Crater
  • Jan Smuts House Museum
  • Melrose House
  • Kruger Museum
  • Pioneer Museum
  • Sammy Marks house
  • South African Air Force Museum

Tswaing meteorite crater (formed 220,000 years ago when a meteorite the size of half a rugby field crashed into the earth's crust), about 40km from the city centre and known to be one of the best preserved meteorites impact sites in the world. The crater is 1.4km wide and 200m deep.

Accommodation

Here's a list of interesting spots to stay at near Pretoria:

  • Dikhololo Game Lodge

  • Mabula Game Lodge

Geography

Pretoria is situated 50km north of Johannesburg in South Africa's north-eastern interior. The town is known for its streets filled with 70,000 jacaranda trees that burst into flower each spring (the jacarandas were imported from South America over 100 years ago & it is now forbidden to plant new jacarandas).

Climate

Summers are warm and wet, with rainfall from October to March. Winters are dry, cool (below zero at times) and sunny. In summer, the days warm and the nights pleasingly cool. Pretoria is generally a couple of degrees warmer than Johannesburg.

 


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Min temp °C

14

14

12

8

4

1

1

3

6

9

11

13

Max temp °C

33

32

31

29

26

23

24

27

31

32

33

33

Rainfall (mm)

135

76

79

54

13

7

3

5

20

7

10

108

Source: The Weather Network stats on Pretoria

Getting to and from Pretoria

By air

Johannesburg International Airport is South Africa's major hub, with frequent flights from overseas and within South Africa to all major cities.

By bus

Translux, Greyhound and the Intercape connect Johannesburg to the major South African cities.

By car

Pretoria lies on the N1 highway, running from Cape Town. Pretoria is also a short distance from the N3, connecting to Durban.

Restaurants

The 18th Avenue Bakery & Cafe (232 18th Avenue, Deerness, Pretoria, 0127512212)

Links

Wikipedia: Pretoria