The de facto capital of South Africa, Pretoria is one of the country's most vibrant cities. Rent a car and go exploring, there is a lot to see.
"Famous for our moving history, lively theatre, art and sporting passion, our city is a highlight on any Rainbow Nation travel itinerary."
Just an hour from Johannesburg, but a world away, Pretoria is a quiet yet fascinating city steeped in South African history. Nicknamed 'Jacaranda city' due to the purple flowers that line its streets, it's well worth a visit.
See where Mandela was sworn in as the first black South African president, watch a major sports match and catch a local art exhibition or theatre production - all before dinner at one of Pretoria's award-winning eateries.
Expect highbrow, cultural conversation thanks to the plethora of artists, academics and ambassadorial personnel from across the globe that converge here.
The city's subtropical climate means it experiences hot and rainy summers. However, drought conditions prevail during the cool winter months.
Biltong, a cured meat snack, is like Marmite - you'll either love it or hate it. Vetkoek, fried dough balls, are another local speciality - just try to ignore the calorific content!
Glynis Johns, the famous British actress, dancer, pianist and singer known for her roles in Mary Poppins, Personal Affair and Superstar, was born in Pretoria in 1923.
Pretoria's main thoroughfare, Church Street, is the longest urban street in South Africa and one of the longest straight streets in the world.
"I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld." - Nelson Mandela during his inauguration speech
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Park up the rental car and take a stroll around this food market on a Saturday morning. Once you’ve selected your choice of nibbles (cakes included of course) take them to one of the picnic tables under the trees and tuck in.
Parking is available onsite. If you stash a cool-box in the boot of the hire car, you can drive away with enough goodies to keep you going for a few days.
The historic heart of Pretoria, check out the grand Victorian architecture of the old parliament buildings and art nouveau Café Riche.
On-street parking spaces can be found in nearby Skinner and Proes Streets.
If you can’t treat yourself to a little luxury and pampering on holiday, then when can you? Head to this spa for first class treatment in first class surroundings. You’ll find a range of skin treatments on offer, plus a sauna, jacuzzi and opportunities to de-stress in woodland walks. Heaven.
Free parking is available onsite.
This highly respected museum, which arguably boasts the best collection of South African art in the world, is well worth a visit.
On-street parking is available on nearby Park and Johann Streets - the museum is on the corner of Schoeman and Wessels Streets.
Nelson Mandela said in 1999: "The day should not be far off, when we shall have a people's shrine, a freedom park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain." This is the moving result.
Try the on-site car park or pull up at nearby Pretoria Station.
The name Borakalalo means 'place where people relax', which says it all. Enjoy exceptional fishing and bird-watching, or keep an eye out for over 35 mammal species, including the elusive white rhino.
Leave the city via the R513 and R566, and follow the N4 around 140 miles west towards Lehurutshe, in the northwest province of South Africa.
Jo’Burg is often mistaken as the capital of South Africa and when you arrive, you’ll understand why. This city is a bustling, energetic metropolis where everyone is an entrepreneur and anything seems possible.
Just under an hour away, follow Ben Schoeman Highway south merging with the N1, then take the exit towards the Eastern Bypass.
View fabulous game in this reserve, situated in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the world's richest concentrations of fossils.
Follow Ben Schoeman Highway south towards Centurion and take the exit towards the N14. Turn off when you see signs for Randburg/Broederstroom. The journey is just under 40 miles.
Nestled among the Magaliesberg mountain range, the dam is a popular day-trip destination. Take to the water and go windsurfing and jet-skiing, or float up, up and away with paragliding, hang-gliding or hot air ballooning.
Just over 20 miles from the city centre, take the Magalies Toll Route and turn right at the R104 (signs for R512/Broederstroom).
" The comparatively small size of Pretoria's urban centre and relatively good record on crime mean the city can be comfortably explored on foot. However, to make the most of its suburban shopping and restaurants, and to travel beyond the city limits, your best bet is to hire a car. "