Pretoria Tourism

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

Do’s:

  • 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.

Dont's:

  • 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.
More about Pretoria

Facts and Stats for Pretoria*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pretoria

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

    • Air Pollution 67.74 (High)
    • Water Pollution 71.88 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 61 (High)
  • 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 79.96 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 80.43 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 86.85 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 88.38 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 76.3 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 79.65 (High)
    • Attacks 76.09 (High)
    • Drug offense 72.41 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 36.64 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 10.56 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 64.13 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 70.43 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 80.22 (Very High)
  • Living in Pretoria - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pretoria is 122.5 (High)

    • Safety Index 21.4 (Low)
    • Climate Index 95.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 70.26 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 51.45 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 47.4 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.05 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 94.64 (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 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 54.15 USD

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

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