Visit Pretoria - Best of Pretoria

Once, nomadic African tribes populated this land. When they left, the place was empty for many years till Pretoria was founded in 1855. It’s had a colourful history. Winston Churchill was captured during the Anglo-Boer war here and kept as POW till his eventual escape. Even Mahatma Gandhi saw battle here as an ambulance runner. Pretoria’s mild temperatures make it a much sought after destination, especially for those seeking the joys of a safari without having to go through unbearable heat. Most of the city’s attractions are based around it’s historical monuments and it’s various natural reserves. Visitors must check out the Voortrekker Monument, the residences of Paul Kruger and Sammy Marks, the wonderful Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the solemn Freedom Park and every other wildlife opportunity present to them.

Pretoria Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Pretoria tips for your visit


  • Tip 10% of your restaurant bill.
  • Keep your valuables safe in a locker somewhere.
  • Smart casual wear is almost universally accepted.
  • Ask permission before you photograph someone.


  • Don’t wear ostentatious items in public.
  • Don’t use the words “negro” or “blacks”.
  • Do not call Afrikaaners 'Dutchmen'.
  • Don’t wander around the Central Business District at night.

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The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Pretoria

  • Save 7% Pretoria City Day Tour from Johannesburg
    Pretoria City Day Tour from Johannesburg1 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    On this full day excursion you will learn about South Africa's rich and fascinating history during a tour of our capital city...

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  • Pretoria City Tour from Sandton
    Pretoria City Tour from SandtonNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

    Embark on a 4.5-hour tour of Pretoria, Capital of the ZAR, the Union of South Africa, the Republic of South Africa and the ne...

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  • Half-Day Pretoria City Tour
    Half-Day Pretoria City Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Embark on a Pretoria half-day city tour for about 4 hours. Thistour offers a visit to some of the historical sites including ...

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  • Save 10% Half Day Pretoria City Tour
    Half Day Pretoria City Tour

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    The city of Pretoria (aka The Jakaranda City) is South Africas administrative capital and we take you on an amazing cultural ...

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Facts and Stats for Pretoria*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pretoria

    Know the pollution level of Pretoria before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55.95 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 61.81 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.14 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.89 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.03 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 59.03 (Moderate)
  • Pretoria: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Pretoria for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pretoria.

    • Burglary and Theft 79.7 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 81.59 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.42 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 88.44 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 77.05 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 80.07 (Very High)
    • Attacks 75.68 (High)
    • Drug offense 71.11 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 35.91 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 9.06 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 64.9 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 70.52 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 80.27 (Very High)
  • Living in Pretoria - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pretoria is 134.69 (High)

    • Safety Index 20.64 (Low)
    • Climate Index 95.83 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.71 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.82 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 45.36 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 67.86 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.68 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 85.93 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Pretoria

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pretoria

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.96 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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