Pretoria, South Africa Things To Do and See
A visit to South Africa promises pleasant memories you would smilingly reminisce throughout your lifetime. The country boast of enchanting features viz. verdant forests, endless deserts, fabulous beaches, mountains, national parks and others. These make a scenery you wouldn’t want to cursorily gaze. Pretoria, the executive capital city of the country is safe for tourists, harbors sundry elements of history, and home to a richly diverse population. The town is called “Jakarandastad,” besides the “or city” because of the dazzling array of Jacaranda trees present in it.
Pretoria lies about 55km (34miles) to Johannesburg northeasterly. It is central to the hills of Magaliesberg and sits between the Highveld plateau in the northern direction and the Bushveld in the southern direction along a translational axis. With an altitude of 1,370km above sea level, it traverses about 1644km2 area of land.
Best time to go
Given the variation in weather condition at different times of the year, you may have to slate your visit from April to October. These months feature winter with the absence of rainfall, unlike the summer months. You would get the best of fragrance from Jacaranda and luxuriant vegetation in these months. Generally, January, February, March, September, October, November, and December are hot.
Pretoria’s famous street, Church street is the longest of all streets in the city and one of the longest in the world.
- Pretoria is sometimes called ‘Tshwane.’ Though the name is not recognized officially.
- The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is a must visit for tourists as it is the abode of birds, reptiles, and fishes of the rarest species you can find in the world.
- There are forts conserved as national monuments to constant remind locals of the Second Boer War during which the forts were built to protect the city.
- The most widely spoken language of Pretoria inhabitants is Pedi and not Afrikaans as many in the outside world believe.
- The Blue Train is an excellent, luxurious means of transportation from Capetown to Pretoria covering approximately 1600km.
What to do
- If you are passionate about education, you may visit the three academic institutions located in the city. These universities and research establishment rank high on global, best standards.
- Catch fun at the gardens of the Union Buildings and meet new people at the picnic. Don’t forget to see the Mandela Statue and take some snapshots.
- Relish your moments at the Duncan Yard. There you can get beautiful gifts for loved ones, and have professional manicure and pedicure in a serene ambiance filled with pleasant scents of fresh flowers.
Where to eat and shop
- Have breakfast and lunch at the Blue Crane Restaurant at ridiculously low prices. The restaurant is sited by a lake to give cool breeze every now and then. Sunday Breakfast buffet is available from 9 to 11: 30 am and lunch from 12: 30 pm.
- For an excellent shopping experience, visit famous halls viz: the Brooklyn mall, Menlyn mall, Hatfield Plaza, Jakaranda center, and a host of others. They showcase a myriad of beautiful objects for sale at affordable prices.