Pretoria overview

One of the three capital cities of South Africa, Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa.

It is also known as the Jacaranda City. As in October it’s streets come alive with fully bloomed Jacaranda trees known for their bright purple blossoms.

It is a lovely, quiet city that bustles with students due to it’s university, The University of Pretoria (known as Tuks to residents), this also means that it’s party scene is one not to miss.

It is argued that Pretoria belongs to Johannesburg. With Johannesburg’s expansion it takes an average of 45 minutes to drive from Johannesburg’s Sandton to Pretoria (meaning if you are visiting Johannesburg, it is easy to make Pretoria part of your trip).

Pretoria, however, is indeed a city of it’s own, separate from Johannesburg both historically and characteristically (it’s pace is a far cry from the fast life Joburg is known for).
It is steeped in history, seen both in its buildings (especially the parliamentary buildings and museum) and monuments that litter the town.

Pretoria lies in a valley sheltered from cold weather by the Magaliesberg mountain range, this means it is usually very warm and sunny.
The different styles and time periods of architecture throughout the city show the various influences of culture that represent South Africa’s melting pot.

Pretoria is a physical representation of the ages and evolution South Africa has gone through and is going through now. Examples include the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, The City Hall, the Ou Raadsaal, and UNISA.
The rich history can also be seen in the many museums Pretoria offers, like the Transvaal Museum, National Cultural History Museum and many old buildings that have been preserved.

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Every trip is an experience, but if you want to make your Pretoria visit a wonderful one, you must not miss a visit to the Union Building—the official seat of the government of South Africa is an architectural masterpiece. It has beautiful landscape, magnificent terrace garden, fountains, memorials and statues with the Mandela statue as the buildings’ highlight. The Union Building is a nice place to walk, exercise and enjoy a nice picnic. There is also the National Zoological garden which is South Africa’s largest zoo and one of the world’s best with a large collection of exotic trees and animals. The historical Freedom Park at Salvokop, the Voortrekker monument—the massive structure carved out of granite, Church Square and the Klapperkop Fort are nice places you must see to make your Pretoria visit complete.

Food and Drinks in Pretoria

There is nothing better than a good meal especially if you are far from home. In Pretoria, a warm welcome awaits you at the bars, restaurants and hotels. There are fine beers, wines and spirits; you can also look forward to great meals—local and foreign. From the finest Spanish salami and Parma ham to the best bries and creamiest camemberts; steaks, chops, exceptional boerewors, cold meats, roasts, delicious chicken, pizza, biltong, or even chilli mint martini mixed with apple and lime and topped with bubblegum foam; you have vast options to pick from and feel at home with.

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