Pretoria Tourism, South Africa

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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Facts and Stats for Pretoria*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pretoria

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

    • Air Pollution 58.75 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 61.36 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.7 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.91 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.61 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.32 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 59.09 (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 79.44 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 80.97 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.04 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 88.53 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 76.69 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 78.85 (High)
    • Attacks 75.38 (High)
    • Drug offense 72.04 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 35.93 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 9.44 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 65.72 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 71.37 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 80.6 (Very High)
  • Living in Pretoria - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pretoria is 131.33 (High)

    • Safety Index 21.09 (Low)
    • Climate Index 95.83 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.42 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46.07 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 51.16 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 68.16 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.73 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 85.2 (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 6.35 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 56.58 USD

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

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