Pretoria Tourism

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.

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.

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

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

    • Air Pollution 54.35 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 60 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.24 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.49 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.02 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55.63 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Pretoria for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pretoria.

    • Burglary and Theft 80.03 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 82.67 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.96 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.35 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 77.48 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 80.54 (Very High)
    • Attacks 77.31 (High)
    • Drug offense 71.93 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 33.99 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 8.38 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 66.93 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 72.5 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 81.33 (Very High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Pretoria is 131.53 (High)

    • Safety Index 19.63 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 95.83 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 58.7 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.67 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 46.32 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 68.2 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.74 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 75.83 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.56 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 49.55 USD

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

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