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Pretoria which is known as the Jacaranda city because of its purple blossom bedecked trees is a famous tourist attraction in South Africa. This popular city is located in Gauteng City and is the administrative capital of the Republic of South Africa. Pretoria stretches along both sides of the famous Apies River and extends into the western foothills of the Magaliesberg on the east. The city lies about 55 km from Johannesburg and has attracted tourists from all walks of life. The city is blessed with buildings, monuments, museums and other attractions that is a must visit place when in South Africa. Pretoria was once the beating heart of apartheid regime but now it is home to various civil workers and foreign embassy workers. It has now become an important industrial town and educational and cultural hub making it a one stop destination for all kind of travelers. The city boasts of famous tourist attractions including the city’s many historic buildings, monuments, museums, botanical garden and nature reserves that will make your trip memorable. All the adventure junkies have a good opportunity to spend their day enjoying numerous activities that will keep you enthralled all day long. Enjoy lip smacking cuisines and interact with friendly people of the city to learn about the place and their culture.

Places To visit In Pretoria

Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Situated in the city’s eastern suburbs, Pretoria National Botanical Garden is a peaceful oasis that should be visited once in a while. This garden is 76 hectare that exhibits South African species with more than half of country’s tree species such as cycads, aloes and much more. These plants are grouped to their climatic region and there are paved nature trails that will lead you through the natural vegetation of the garden. After exploring the garden, you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Lakefront restaurant that offers South African cuisine.

Voortrekker Monument

Nestled high on a hilltop south of the city center, Voortrekker Monument is a national heritage site that has attracted tourists from all walks of life. It is one of country’s most visited historic monuments that was built in 1949 to commemorate the Voortrekkers. They were basically the Boers who pushed into an unknown territory in the mid 19th century. It is a prominent structure with steps leading up to the Hall of Heroes where you can find 27 marble reliefs that depicts the Great Trek of 1838.

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Spread over 85 hectares, the national zoological gardens is one of the famous attraction in Pretoria garnering tourists from everywhere. The zoo boasts of a reptile house, a walk through aviary and inland aquarium where visitors can get up close and personal with the animals. You may also spot lion, hippos and elephants among the other mammal collection. To get a tour, visitors have a chance can rent a golf carts for an hour, ride the cableway for a bird’s eye view or stroll in the garden to get closer view of the animals.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Situated about 45 minute drive from Pretoria, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is an ideal place for all the animal lovers. This centre was established in 1971 and focuses on cheetah breeding project and has now successfully bred African wild dogs, cape vultures and brown hyenas. Visitors have a good chance to choose from a variety of educational tours that includes a three hour guided tour where guests can enjoy patting these creatures and feeding them.

Freedom Park

Offering panoramic views and sitting on Salvokop Hill, Freedom Park exhibits the story of South Africa’s liberation and honors those who played an important role. This famous site was opened to the public in 2007 and boasts of series of poignant memorials and impressive museum. The park overlooks the Voortrekker monument and other attractions of the city making it a one stop destination in South Africa. You can take a guided tour that will take for about 2 hours and offers a fascinating insight about the place and the symbolic features of the architecture.

Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve is one of the best places for hikers and nature lovers. Spanning over 100 hectares in the foothills of Moreleta Kloof, this nature reserve is one of the famous tourist spot in South Africa. Once a dairy farm in the 19th century, the reserve now houses animals like Springbuck, impala, bushbuck, zebra, and ostrich. Indulge in hiking tour that will take you through the lush greenery of the entire region and make your trip worthwhile. Apart from the animals, you can an array of bird species and is a perfect haven for bird lovers.

Best Time To Visit Pretoria

Pretoria is a charming city and boasts of several thousands of Jacaranda trees. The best time to visit the city is from the month of April to October as these are the winter months with no rainfall allowing the visitors to explore the place without any hassle. These months are spring season when the temperature remains pleasant and cool throughout the day. The temperature ranges from 15 degree to 28 degree Celsius making it an ideal plan to visit the city of Pretoria.

Things To Do In Pretoria

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Horse Trail Safari

If you are looking for an adventurous trip, horse trail safari is one of the best things to do when in Pretoria. Harties Horse Trail Safari in Pretoria offers a unique adventure that is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced riders. The trail takes place at one of the lodge that is situated only 30 minute drive from the city of Johannesburg. Enjoy the horseback ride and admire the scenic vista of the place.

Scuba Diving

South offers excellent diving opportunities for all kind of travelers. Pretoria is one of the famous destinations where you can spend your day at leisure and make the most of your trip. Scuba Diving allows the travelers to breath under the water while you glide over the reefs and amongst the colourful fish. Experienced guides will guide you through out and will explain you the dos and don’ts of the activity.

Take a train ride with Friends of the Rail

Friends of the Rail in Pretoria proffers vintage steam ride to the visitors making their tour memorable and worthwhile. Friends of the Rail brings alive a living museum which exhibits old South African railway history and technology. The tour is ideal outing for birthday parties, anniversaries, families and much more. Enjoy the scenic route and capture the best shot for your memories.

Enjoy delicious food at O' Galito Restaurant

Get ready to indulge in lip smacking dishes in Pretoria at O' Galito Restaurant that offers plethora of food choices that will make your taste buds crave for more. The restaurant boasts of 160 guests with private dining area that offers set menus for business functions or other guests. You can spend your time at the in house bar which is fully stocked and has wide range of malt whiskeys, cigars and cognacs.

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How to Reach Pretoria

By Air

The nearest airport to the city is OR Tambo International Airport which is 45 km away from the city centre and serves many foreign destinations along with South African cities. From the airport, you can take a taxi, cab or the Metrorail from Isando that will take an hour to reach Pretoria.

By Road

Regular buses ply on daily basis from Pretoria to South African cities. The N1, N3, N4, N14 national highways connect sever highways to the city and is easily accessible from every corner over the country.  The best way is you can rent a car and drive to the city via N1 route that will take your directly to Pretoria.

By Train

The city of Pretoria has an excellent rail service and connects Pretoria to all the other cities. It also offers luxury blue train to major cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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