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PretoriaSouth Africa

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

Pretoria Central Business District which includes signage and heritage elements

Pretoria Central Business District

3/5(4 area reviews)

Pretoria Central Business District is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Church Square and Palace of Justice.

Pretoria Central Business District
I wonder if construction takes as long in South Africa as it does in the states?


4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Muckleneuk is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Loftus Versfeld Stadium and Union Buildings while you're in town.


Top Hotels in Pretoria

The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
4 out of 5
209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria, Gauteng
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Menlyn, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corobay Corner Office Park and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. Central Square and Time Square Casino ...

4.2/5Very Good! (93 reviews)

"Friendly staff, excellent service and location. Reasonable rates and spacious rooms."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
Mont d'Or Bohemian House
Mont d'Or Bohemian House
5 out of 5
389 Eridanus Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $67 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Riverwalk Office Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. Pretoria ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Lovely stay, warm and caring staff at the Bohemian

"Wonderful stay at the Bohemian House. It is a former villa and all the rooms are decorated differently but very beautiful and comfortable. The staff were a highlight of the guest house and they were very attentive and noted my favorites for breakfast each day. The area around the guest house is quiet ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

Mont d'Or Bohemian House
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
5 out of 5
643 Corner Of Church And Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $56 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

This family-friendly Pretoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Pretoria Art Museum and Union Buildings. University of Pretoria and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (323 reviews)

"Still a good hotel , very quite and peaceful even though it’s in town. Good food and great staff. Just the pool area cushions needs re do."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Pretoria

Absolute Farenden Apartments
Absolute Farenden Apartments
4 out of 5
396 Farenden Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $38 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Situated in Pretoria, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Loftus Versfeld Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pretoria and UNISA. Pretoria Art ...

4.4/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
Somewhat dated but passable

"The apartment is not as large as it appears in the photographs. However, the size is comfortable. I would not book a loft apartment as the bathroom is on the groundfloor and the room upstairs. This is not at all practical. The lift was not working during our stay so there was that to contend with. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Absolute Farenden Apartments
XYZ Guest House-twin Bed Room
XYZ Guest House-twin Bed Room
Pretoria, Gauteng

Situated in Pretoria, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from The Grove and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Faerie Glen Municipal Nature Reserve. Atterbury Theatre and ...

XYZ Guest House-twin Bed Room
Hotel@Hatfield Apartments
Hotel@Hatfield Apartments
3.5 out of 5
260 Hill St, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $50 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Pretoria, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pretoria Urology Hospital and University of Pretoria. UNISA is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
Short stay

"It was a good experience"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Hotel@Hatfield 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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Reviews of Pretoria


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5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 30.18867924528302%
4 - Good
4 - Good 54.716981132075475%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 7.547169811320755%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 1.8867924528301887%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Great people where I served and visited outside of the hotel.

4/5 - Good


Sep 9, 2019

So many changes and developments in and around the city since my last visit; but remains a nice place - especially the Eastern side; however, avoided the city centre and western area because of the recent xenophobic issues.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 12, 2019

Security overall in the central districts needs to be upgraded

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 15, 2019

Leave uber alone. Its convenient

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2019

Not safe to walk

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2019

Generally a good place and would love to visit for a holiday this time

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