Can sometimes also be referred to as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of jacaranda trees, what most people don’t know about the city of Pretoria is that it is actually the capital of South Africa, not Johannesburg. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court and the largest city in the country which is why people often become confused.
Change is present as Pretoria gets rid of its past demons and begins to develop its own contemporary identity. The city’s name was approved to change to Tshwane in 2005, but with the matter still under review, the old seat of apartheid power is still known as Pretoria. South Africans are now living among a generation that is not afraid to express their ideas on freedom as well as discovering their identities through the country’s history.
Where to stay;
What to do
- Take Zulu Lessons
- Attend the Vibey Market-at-the-Sheds
- Visit the 1000 year old Wonderboom fig tree
- Visit Alfie’s for the best Italian in the City
- Picnic in front of the Union Buildings
- Dinner with a view at The Blue Crane
- Take a walk down the longest Urban Street in South Africa
- Go mountain biking in Groenkloof Park
- Go on a Game Drive at the Rietvlei Game Reserve
- Visit the Voortrekker Monument
Visitors can use Pretoria as a staging post for trips out to the breathtaking wilderness of the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, or the pretty hills of Magaliesburg and Hartbeespoort to the west.