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Get to Know Pretoria

Established in 1855, the South African capital is studded with 19th-century buildings and renowned for the jacarandas that colour its streets purple in early summer.

Situated just 50 kilometres north of Johannesburg and connected to it by an ever-widening ribbon of urban development, Pretoria has been the political capital of South Africa since 1910. Yet the city remains in economic thrall to its brasher southern sibling. Easily accessed from OR Tambo International Airport, Pretoria is a popular alternative gateway to sites such as the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserve, and probably has more to offer than Johannesburg in terms of sightseeing for those spending a couple of nights in the area.

The Union Buildings, a handsome orange sandstone parliamentary building designed by prominent architect Sir Herbert Baker, are now best known as the site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration in 1994. Other landmarks include the unpretentious Kruger Museum, where Paul Kruger, state president of the South African Republic during the Second Boer War, lived in the late 19th century, and Melrose House, a period-furnished Victorian mansion where the treaty ending that war was signed. The city centre is very pretty in October and November when its famous jacaranda trees come into bloom.

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Why Pretoria?

  • Gauteng’s oldest and most historic city
  • Political capital of South Africa since 1910
  • Rich in historic sites and contemporary cultural life.
  • Site of the Union Buildings where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994
  • Less than an hour’s drive from OR Tambo International Airport

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FAQs about Pretoria

  • Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception.
  • The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere.
  • Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit cards, but always have a small amount of cash on you for tips etc. Numerous ATMs can be found in all the big towns.
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  • I would recommend that when you are certain about your dates and if you are happy with the package, quote, booking and price to make a deposit payment to secure your booking.
  • Availability is always a factor, you might find that there is nothing available at a later stage.
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