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.