Information for Travelers
Pretoria in Gauteng Province is the administrative capital of South Africa.
The city shares capital status with Cape Town
The city is about 55 kilometers from Johannesburg
, but the two cities seem a world apart.
In the fertile valley of the River Apies, at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Pretoria rests peacefully.
This is a special city, thanks to the glow of purple flowers that light up its many parks and gardens in spring.
Top things to do include checking out the city's many historic buildings, monuments and museums.
The city also enchants tourists with its beautiful botanical gardens and nature reserves.
The city is also an important industrial hub and an educational and cultural center.
Pretoria is a city of civil servants, diplomats and stylish, tidy residential districts with a large Afrikaner population.
The semicircular Union buildings contain the President's offices.
The University of Pretoria was founded in 1930 and UNISA, the University of South Africa, is one of the largest open universities in the world.
Pretoria is also called "Jacaranda City" because of its thousands of jacaranda trees.
The inauguration of Nelson Mandela also took place in this city.
The nearby Voortrekker Monument commemorates the 19th-century Boer settlers of the Cape Colony.
Read about Pretoria in Wikipedia