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Pretoria Travel Guide: 401 reviews and 724 photos

Background

Pretoria, which might change to Tshwane, is the capital of South Africa (administrative).
The proposed name change is causing quite a stir in the city at this stage. It is a city where Afrikaans is spoken very widely, with a rich 'Afrikaner' history. The greater municipal area is called Tshwane, but we will have to wait and see what happens with the name.
It is a lovely city, with a much slower pace than Johannesburg, which is only 55km south of Pretoria.
A good time to visit is during spring, especially October, when thousands of Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. The city is also called 'Jakaranda Stad' (Jacaranda City).
It is home to the Union Buildings where the President resides.
The city was found in 1855, and named after the voortrekker (pioneer), Andries Pretorius.
Church Square could be the place where the city had its beginnings.
Pretoria has great weather, with very little wind and lots of sunshine.
I've been living in the city for about 15 years, and will try to build a comprehensive page on Pretoria, by updating regularly.

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010!

South Africa, including Pretoria, is preparing for one the biggest events to be held in this country.
Pretoria is one of the host cities. Other cities include Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pietersburg, Durban and others.
This event is also a time for visitors to explore our beautiful country.
I have a tip on the 2010 soccer world cup (Pretoria) - listed under sports tips.

What's on offer?

Pretoria has quite a lot to offer. The sights are not concentrated in a small area, but spread over the city.
It is home to most embassies.
Sights and things to do:
Union buildings
Church Square
Voortrekker Monument
The National Zoo
Several museums/galleries
Restaurants
Shopping
Sports travel
(See tip under General tips for practical info on Pretoria)

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  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    This city is high on my must see places in SA>
    This City is high on my must see list of SA.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    If we can only get this far down one day. We are thinking of a trip, so thanks for the tour and well done comments and pictures.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Interesting reading about the "Voortrekker" monument. I think I would like the Irene market too!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    really good info on pretoria. i´m pretty suere i will be heading there this summer as i think i will attend one of the games there.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Nice tips on Pretoria. Ek sal weer hier a draai maak. Loved the language tips! (gave me a great laugh) Groete

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    How was THAT!!!! Bulls game?

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 2:28 AM

    Pretoria has such fascinating architecture and history! What are your thouights re 'Tswane'?

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Excellent tips on Pretoria. I gave you great ratings for your webpages!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Nice tips!

  • morne's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Baie interessante blad, kan nie glo ek was nog nooit in Pretoria gewees nie

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