About Pretoria

Pretoria is the transitional area between the Highveld and the Bushveld, approximately 50 km north of Johannesburg in the north-east of South Africa. It lies in a warm, well sheltered, fertile valley, surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range, 1,370 m (4,495 ft) above sea level.

Pretoria - rainbow microcosm of cultures and window on Africa offers you a glittering treasure trove of breathtaking adventures, unique experiences and unforgettable memories.

Built on the foundations of a colourful yet controversial past and evolving into a dynamic future, the Jacaranda City (affectionately named after its famous trees), could easily be described as a country in one city.

Nestled among a series of picturesque ridges, lush fertile valleys and natural fountains, Pretoria's cosmopolitan, harmonious and vibrant atmosphere comes from a unique blend of traditions, cultures, languages and architecture.

It is a capital city, a cultural hub, a centre of research and learning, but much more than this it is a friendly city with open streets, open spaces and open-hearted people. A people's city for both young and old.

Experience Pretoria in October, when thousands of Jacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia, fam. Rignonia) burst into bloom. As far as the eye can see the city is enveloped in a magical mauve haze, heralding the arrival of spring and the promise of summer just around the corner.

Walk in the footsteps of colourful heroes, follow the tracks of exotic game, dance and gamble the night away or sip cocktails in breath-taking scenery. Whatever your fancy, Pretoria has it all!