Near the northeast corner of South Africa is the city of Pretoria. With a population numbering nearly one million people (including the suburbs), this cosmopolitan city offers a diverse range of activities and sights.
Pretoria’s history is on display in its range of lovely architectural buildings, with styles both old and new. A city that prides itself on education, there are many secondary schools as well as two of the largest universities in the country.
One of the top things to do in Pretoria includes shopping at one of the many shopping centres or retail parks, one of which has an indoor ice-skating rink. The nation’s zoological gardens are marvelous and there are a total of five natural reserves in Pretoria. A visit to the zoological gardens and reserves will give you a chance to marvel at South Africa’s wildlife and appreciate the diversity of the country during your stay.
The city of Pretoria offers excellent restaurants. La Madeleine, on Priory Road, is well known for its excellent food and service and ambience. As the first white settlers came primarily from Britain and the Netherlands, there are many European-inspired restaurants serving French, Italian and Dutch cuisines. Local favourites are available and are usually offered in smaller, more intimate restaurants and cafes.
As a cosmopolitan city, Pretoria offers a range of accommodation to suit your needs. Although great for budget travelers, those preferring luxury will not be disappointed too. Four and five-star hotels with various amenities are available. These amenities include swimming pools, spa facilities, as well as meeting and conference spaces, complete with business centres to meet everyone’s needs.