Pretoria Holiday Guide

Pretoria Travel Information

Owing to the beautiful purple blossom trees lining its avenues, Pretoria is often referred to as 'Jacaranda City'. This serene and laidback city offers travellers much insight into South Africa's past, having been significantly instrumental in both the Voortrekker and Apartheid eras. The city's many monuments and interesting museums are a great resource for those wishing to learn more about the city's history.


Pretoria Tourist Attractions

For those interested in historical architecture, the splendid 1913 Union Building is a highlight. Constructed in an arc around the park, this was the venue where masses gathered during the 1994 inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Also steeped in historical significance is the Victorian-style Melrose House, where the peace treaty marking the end of the Boer War was signed.

The Voortrekker Monument is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the city. Situated on the far side of Pretoria, the view point from the top of the monument provides sweeping panoramic views of the city below. Many tourists include this in a tour of Pretoria.

Secluded in a quiet city location, Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a must for all lovers of the outdoors. The reserve's excellent recreation facilities include hiking trails, a children's play park and a barbecue area, which provide the perfect place for a full day with nature.

From history to botany, Pretoria accommodates an extensive collection of South Africa's indigenous plants and flowers at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. These beautiful gardens provide a peaceful location to take a stroll away from the busy city streets.

Popular with animal lovers, tourists to Pretoria should venture to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, which has over 100 species of indigenous birds, while the Pretoria National Zoo has a famous reptile park and aquarium.

Pretoria has many restaurants and coffee shops along its leafy tree-lined streets, making a day spent strolling around an enjoyable pursuit. In terms of nightlife the city is generally quiet, with most evening entertainment located in the suburbs and shopping mall centres.