Pretoria

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Spot wildlife in nature reserves, follow the history of Dutch settlers and learn about the political developments that shaped the post-apartheid South Africa of today.

Pretoria is a city of nature, history and political importance. It's the administrative capital on the northeast plains of South and is known as the “Jacaranda City” for it’s many jacaranda trees.

Pretoria is a symbol for the great strides made by South Africa during the 20th century. International icon Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa’s first black president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Only 30 years before, he had been sentenced to life in prison at Pretoria’s Palace of Justice on Church Square. For a broader history of South Africa, wander through Freedom Park south of the Pretoria city center, which has war memorials and a museum dedicated to the country’s past.

The city was founded in 1855 as the capital of the Transvaal Republic, a Dutch settlement declared independent of the British colony centered in Cape Town. Tour the Melrose Museum to see the house occupied by the British when they invaded Pretoria to gain control of the Dutch state. Paul Kruger, the fiery president of the Transvaal Republic at the time, unsuccessfully defended the city. Learn about the life of this folk hero at the Kruger Museum.

Enjoy the biodiversity of Pretoria’s natural landscape. See a 1,000-year-old fig tree on the Wonderboom Nature Reserve. Lions, tigers and cheetahs are on display at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, which is considered one of the world’s best zoos. Within Pretoria's city center you can find a variety of pleasant parks. Picnic in Burgers Park, the oldest park in Pretoria.

Reach Pretoria via the O.R. Tambo International Airport, a half-hour drive south in Johannesburg. The city is also accessible by train. Get around Pretoria’s compact city center on foot or by bus. Rent a car to venture further out.

Pretoria has long, humid summers from November through February. Visit around October to see the city dotted with purple when its 50,000 jacaranda trees are in bloom.

Where to stay in Pretoria

Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park
Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park
3.5 out of 5
Corner of Kirkness Street and Park St, Pretoria, Gauteng
Fully refundable
The price is $45 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Located in Sunnyside, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Loftus Versfeld Stadium and Pretoria Art Museum. Hatfield Plaza and University of Pretoria are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Great location and nice facilities here. Would have been much better had the staff informed me about ongoing construction at check-in. Incredibly disruptive noises throughout my stay included contruction, doors that only slam shut, and thin walls. Enjoyed the rooftop restaurant, but the service was ..."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
5 out of 5
643 Corner Of Church And Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng
Fully refundable
The price is $50 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
This family-friendly Pretoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Pretoria Art Museum and Union Buildings. National Zoological Gardens ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (339 reviews)
"Very comfortable bedding and a quiet room"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
4 out of 5
221 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $70 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverwalk Office Park, Corobay Corner Office Park, and Central Square. Menlyn Corporate ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (117 reviews)
"Everything about the place was just awesome, i liked the meal more specifically the breakfast. Would definitely come back"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel@Hatfield Apartments
Hotel@Hatfield Apartments
3.5 out of 5
260 Hill St, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $50 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Pretoria, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pretoria Urology Hospital, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, and Hatfield Plaza. Pretoria Art Museum and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (22 reviews)
"Neat, clean, convenient"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Hotel@Hatfield Apartments
Keyless entry-The Blyde (Crystal clear lagoon and pool). Pretoria
Keyless entry-The Blyde (Crystal clear lagoon and pool). Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $2,625 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Pretoria, this romantic apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sammy Marks Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Silver Lakes Golf Course and The ...
Keyless entry-The Blyde (Crystal clear lagoon and pool). Pretoria
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $140 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in The Willows, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from The Grove and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Life Wilgers Hospital. Sammy Marks Museum and Faerie Glen ...
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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