Located in the north-east of South Africa is the city of Pretoria, a laid-back metropolis full of charming buildings and monuments as well as some fabulous nature reserves and parks. This city has a large student population, as well as attracting visitors because of its cultural and natural sights.
Hotel accommodation in Pretoria is as diverse as the city itself, ranging from luxury four- or five-star properties with pools, to business-friendly hotels, and a large amount of budget properties suitable for backpackers or gap-year travellers. 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
Top Pretoria City Attractions
Cosmopolitan, though still retaining an African character, Pretoria City offers some excellent landmarks and sights. The iconic Union Buildings, the government HQ which saw Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994, are a popular attraction.
Built in the late 1930s, the Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve honours the Dutch Voortrekkers who colonised the region in the 19th century and is an evocative landmark.
Just outside of the city centre is the acclaimed Pretoria National Zoological Gardens which include abundant flora and fauna and an aquarium, as well as some lovely picnic areas.
Pretoria City Hotels
Pretoria City accommodation covers a range of options, with several four-star hotels with swimming pools and business amenities within walking distance of some of the area’s top landmarks such as the Union Buildings. Cheap hotels in Pretoria City are plentiful, varying from serviced apartments to great value guest houses, lodges, and hostels, ideal for backpackers or anyone on a budget.
The city of Pretoria offers excellent restaurants. 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.
Parks and The Great Outdoors
Both within and outside Pretoria City are some spectacular landscapes and nature reserves. South Africa’s renowned wildlife can be seen up close and personal in the fabulous Groenkloof Nature Reserve which includes hiking trails and horse hire, or take a mini safari tour of the amazing Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre which also has African wild dogs and other endangered species.