Pretoria

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Pretoria featuring a city, a square or plaza and heritage architecture

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.

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.

City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood
City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood
3 out of 5
Corner Lynnwood and Daventry Roads, Lynnwood, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0040
The price is £55 per night from 16 Jul to 17 Jul
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4.3/5 Excellent! (243 reviews)
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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
4 out of 5
221 Garsfontein Road, Menlyn, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0181
The price is £88 per night from 29 Jun to 30 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (123 reviews)
Location is everything!
"The service was good. But the rooms are not sound proof. people walking & Talking in the passage almost feels like someone is right into your room, that was a bit unnerving. I guess that is a structural issue that cannot easily be resolved. The food was amazing! I just loved the proximity to Menlyn ..."

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2021

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
4 out of 5
209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria, Gauteng, 181
The price is £93 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (113 reviews)
"Excellent stay. The concierge service provided by Simphiwe was fantastic."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

The Maslow Hotel, Time Square
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Menlyn Apartments
Menlyn Apartments
3.5 out of 5
505 Gert Potgieter, Pretoria, Gauteng, 81
The price is £36 per night from 26 Jul to 27 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in ...
4/5 Very Good! (21 reviews)
TV not working
"The TV did not work at all."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Menlyn Apartments
Waterhouse Guest Lodges 202 Lawley Street
Waterhouse Guest Lodges 202 Lawley Street
2.5 out of 5
202 Lawley Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, 181
The price is £43 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly cottage in Pretoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Brooklyn Mall and Waterkloof Golf Club are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Although I reserved a specific room two month in advanced upon my arrival I was told the room was not available and I was left with no choice to accept a different room."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019

Waterhouse Guest Lodges 202 Lawley Street
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is £134 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this holiday home in Pretoria. Enjoy WiFi, a balcony and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions The Grove and Sammy Marks Museum are located nearby. Discover ...
The Blyde, Crystal Lagoons Pretoria
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