South Africa’s administrative centre is a handsome city, with a number of number of gracious old houses in the city centre, large, leafy green suburbs, and wide streets that are lined with a purple haze of jacarandas in October and November.
It’s more of an Afrikaner city than Jo’burg, and its bars and restaurants are less cosmopolitan – sedate Pretoria was once at the heart of the apartheid regime, and its very name a symbol of oppression. Today it’s home to a growing number of black civil servants and foreign embassy workers, who are infusing the city with a new sense of multiculturalism.
Pretoria’s most impressive sights include the vast Herbert Baker-designed Union Buildings; Burgers Park, greenery in the city centre; the Transvaal Museum, South Africa’s premier natural history exhibition; the vast Voortrekker Monument; and Freedom Park, offering a more holistic approach to history.
Pretoria destination guides
Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg
Be sure to bring your camera as this city, dubbed the Jacaranda City, blossoms with beautiful Jacaranda trees. See the many historical sights of Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital, including the President's Office, the Church Square, Kruger House, Melrose House and the Voortrekker Monument as well as the Union Buildings.