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

RH Hotel Pretoria
RH Hotel Pretoria
3 out of 5
Corner Steve Biko Road & Trevenna Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0132
The price is $40 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$40
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and free babysitting. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (102 reviews)
The breakfast was good
"It was a good stay. The breakfast was good. It is located in the Sunnypark mall, so there are lot of options in-terms of bars and restaurants."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2022

RH Hotel Pretoria
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, 0181
The price is $89 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$89
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (132 reviews)
Friendly and efficient
"Great location, good service and restaurant was great"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
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, 33025
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $58 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$58
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and professionally. Rooms were very neat. The fragrance in the hotel was delightful. Breakfast was rivh and meals were delicious"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Loftus Park
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.
Menlyn Apartments
Menlyn Apartments
3.5 out of 5
505 Gert Potgieter, Pretoria, Gauteng, 81
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a business center. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (23 reviews)
TV not working
"The TV did not work at all."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Menlyn Apartments
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng
Stay at this vacation home in Pretoria. Enjoy WiFi, a balcony, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions The Grove and Sammy Marks Museum are located nearby. Discover ...
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
Absolute Farenden Apartments
Absolute Farenden Apartments
4 out of 5
396 Farenden Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng, 28
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"When you don't want a service, housekeepers have to ask the guest if they need something today? I think the security was good. No lift is a disadvantage in the property, to carry the luggage it is difficult with the stairs."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Absolute Farenden Apartments
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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