Voortrekker Monument - Pretoria

Travel to Pretoria – The Administrative Capital of South Africa

Pretoria is one of South Africa’s leading academic cities and it is home to both the largest residential university in the country (the University of Pretoria), the Tshwane University of Technology and the largest distance education university (the University of South Africa, more commonly known by its initials, UNISA). The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is also located in this city. However, from a tourists’ point of view it is home to museums galore as well as several nature reserves.

Pretoria city is located in the northern part of Gauteng Province. It is one of the country’s three capital cities, serving as the executive and official de facto capital; the others are Cape Town; the legislative capital and Bloemfontein; the judicial capital.

When the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, Pretoria was elected the capital and is still the administrative capital of the Republic of South Africa today.

Pretoria is teeming with museums to visit such as Melrose House Museum; where the peace treaty that ended the Anglo-Boer War was signed in 1902, The National Cultural History Museum; where you can learn about South Africa’s people and culture and Kruger House Museum. However, there are also many other attractions including the National Zoological Gardens, the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary and Wonderboom Nature Reserve.

A popular activity in Pretoria is touring the city by steam train or you can visit Groenkloof Nature Reserve where it is possible to hike, mountain bike or take a four wheel drive tour. Here you may spot wildlife such as giraffes and antelopes amongst others.

Relax by catching a performance at the State Theatre or by strolling through the botanical gardens. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the city’s numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

Minibuses, taxis and buses are readily available in Pretoria, however, the best option is to hire a car. You can do this at most major towns and cities as well as at the airports.

  • Visit all types of museum such as the National Cultural History Museum.
  • See wildlife at the nature reserves and bird sanctuarys.
  • Hike and bike in the second oldest nature reserve in the world; Groenkloof Nature Reserve.


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