two major cities are just 50km apart, but could hardly be more different.
or ePitoli as it is known in the townships, has throughout much of its
history been the epitome of staid traditionalism, with its graceful government
buildings, wide avenues of purple flowering jacarandas, and staunchly Boer
farming origins. Yet, although South Africa's administrative capital was
long regarded as a bastion of Afrikanerdom, with its notorious supreme
court and massive prison, things are changing fast.
since the nation's re-acceptance into the international arena, Pretoria
become increasingly cosmopolitan, with a substantial diplomatic community
living in Arcadia and Hatfield, east of the city centre. Furthermore, most
Pretorians are not Afrikaner, but Sotho and Ndebele, and the change of
government has brought many more well-educated and well-paid blacks into
the ranks of civil servants living in the capital.
city's Afrikaner community is hardly monolithic, either: As well as the
stereotypical khaki-shorted rednecks, there are thousands of students,
an active art scene and a thriving Afrikaans gay and lesbian community.
is close enough to Johannesburg's airport to provide a practical alternative
base in Gauteng, though don't fall into the blithe assumption that Pretoria
is crime-free. The main attractions are that it feels safer and less spread
out than Johannesburg, there are more conventional sites, some of which
are worth seeing, and the nightlife of Hatfield and Brooklyn is energetic
Affectionately known as the
Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its
thoroughfares in summer, Pretoria is an elegant, quiet city that's a perfect
contrast with its more frenetic neighbour, Johannesburg, just half an hour
away. Pretoria has a long, involved and fascinating history - first as
the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal, then as
one of the three capitals of South Africa, it became an international synonym
for apartheid. But that all changed in 1994. With Nelson Mandela's inauguration,
the Union Buildings morphed overnight from a symbol of white, neo-colonial
domination to one of true unity. And it's only one of the many landmarks
in this cultural city.
Transvaal Museum boasts excellent natural history displays and is
the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein
in the Cradle of Humankind. Artefacts from the Iron Age state of
Mapungubwe are exhibited at the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of
Pretoria. The famous golden rhino, golden sceptre, golden bowl and various
gold, ivory and copper ornaments, trade beads and Chinese ceramics are
Also worth visiting are the
Cultural History Museum and the Smuts Museum, in Irene, just outside Pretoria.
The fact that the iconic Voortrekker Monument still stands is a tribute
to the inclusiveness of the new regime in South Africa.
More adventurous travellers
could do a short horse trail at the Voortrekker Monument or through the
Premier Game Reserve, taking a careful look at some white rhino and a number
of eland. Or perhaps a tandem skydive or a first jump at the Pretoria Skydiving
Club, which is the largest in the country.
The nearby town of Cullinan
is the site of the discovery of the biggest diamond in the world. It's
worth a visit; there are mine tours, lovely restaurants, beautiful stone
buildings and - best of all - an on-site manufacturing jeweller where you
can buy a stone from the mine and have it mounted in a custom-designed
on Ilkey B&B, Lynnwood, PRETORIA This family-run bed and
breakfast is nestled in a secluded area about 20 km from downtown Pretoria.
An extensive breakfast is served each morning, and special diet menus can
be arranged. Each room at the 40 on ilkey B&B is carefully appointed
with wooden floors and decorated in warm colours. Some rooms feature a
well-equipped modern kitchen. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are offered
in each room. The breakfast features a range of seasonal fruit dishes,
muffins or fresh pastries from the oven. Freshly brewed coffee can also
be served directly in the room. Guests can enjoy the warmth of the lobby
area, seated around the fireplace, or they can choose to relax outdoor,
immersed in the scent of the roses.
Bo Gastehuis, Bed and Breakfast, Riviera, PRETORIA (TSHWANE) Upmarket, clean, comfortable
and secure bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation located in
scenic Malan Street, Riviera, Pretoria. Amper Bo is easily accessible and
a short distance from historical landmarks, the zoo, main shopping centres,
hospitals, bus routes and major highways. Our property has 2 separate
guesthouses (Lower Guesthouse & Double Storey Guesthouse) each with
separate rooms, as well as 3 wooden lofts and a garden unit. Our
upmarket accommodation consisting of well equipped bedrooms includes daily
services. Peaceful atmosphere, sparkling pool and full Continental breakfast
(R50 per person) should be a highlight of your visit in our new updated
lapa. Self-catering facilities available in our kitchen. Secure parking
And Breakfast In Waterkloof, PRETORIA (TSHWANE) Offering an outdoor pool,
Bed And Breakfast In Waterkloof is located in Pretoria. Free WiFi access
is available. Each room here will provide you with a terrace and a seating
area. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator.
Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and free toiletries.
You can enjoy garden view from the room. At Bed And Breakfast In Waterkloof
you will find a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. Other facilities
offered at the property include meeting facilities and luggage storage.
An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including
hiking. The property offers free parking. Waterkloof is a great choice
for travelers interested in food, restaurants and nature.
Friendly yet unobtrusive
hospitality in a gracious, homely atmosphere; with scrumptious health and
English-style breakfasts. Dinner available by prior arrangement.
High premium is placed on comfort and privacy. 12 en suite bedrooms
with sparkling white linen and towels, each with own TV (M-Net) and telephone.
Laundry facilities and secure parking available. Easy walking distance
to Pretoria Art Museum and Minolta/Loftus sports complex and many embassies.
Close to State Theatre, Union Buildings, Hatfield commercial and trendy
night-life attractions, University of Pretoria, several hospitals, clinics
and schools. Transfers to and from Johannesburg International Airport
(30 mins.) and all surrounding airports arranged.
Ridge Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering, Waterkloof Ridge,
PRETORIA (TSHWANE) Situated in the prestigious
suburb of Waterkloof Ridge Pretoria/Tshwane. Accommodation is offered in
stylish en suite bedrooms with private entrances. Added comfort includes
satelite TV, tea trays and all amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Relax
in a tranquil landscaped garden with its abundant bird life. We also
offer Self-Catering garden suites, which are unique in character, tastefully
furnished, fully equipped and serviced. Close to restaurants and
shopping centers. Secure parking Easy access from freeways, 30 min
drive from Johannesburg International Airport. Your hostess Dot de
laRouviere looks forward to welcomming you to your Royal Ridge experience
Hotel, Arcadia, PRETORIA Located
at the foot of the Union Buildings, the Arcadia Hotel is an integral part
of the Arcadia Shopping Centre and is within walking distance to other
major shopping centres, street markets and entertainment areas. The
Arcadia Hotel is easily accessible from all major freeways and only 40
minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport. We are also close
to the Diplomatic Missions and Embassies in Pretoria The Arcadia
Hotel offers a variety of food and beverage choices. The 'eMonate' restaurant
serves a full English Breakfast buffet daily. For lunch and dinner, a la
carte options and Pub lunch options are available.
Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue, PRETORIA Lombardy
Boutique Hotel is a place that for years has remained a secret amongst
those in the know, a retreat from the hustle and bustle, a place where
old world values still mean something, a place that treats you like a guest,
and not a number. Your needs are our concern, your dreams - our challenge.
From our Restaurant menu to our Wine list the effort that has been put
in to create something special, something unique. The personalised service,
attention to detail, from 2 guests to 120. We will make you feel special.
Lombardy Restaurant is renowned for its sophistication, outstanding service
and quality. Enjoy breakfast as fresh as the morning sunshine and lunch
that will carry you away to the Italian countryside. Wine and dine in the
evening with Vittorio Alfieri in our cozy library under candle light.
Hotel Capital, PRETORIA The
Protea Hotel Capital has 99 superior en-suite rooms furbished to international
standards with mini-bars, individual safes, satellite TV and 12 music stations.
Facilities include a theme pub, lounge and distinctive dining room overlooking
a landscaped garden with 12m swimming pool and secure parking. The
Protea Hotel Capital is affilitated to the local health Club and offers
free transport for GUESTS to and from golf courses, shopping centres, theatres
and restaurants within the Pretoria area. Centrally situated in Van
Der Walt Street next to the Burgers Park, within easy access to all major
highways and roads. 45kms from Johannesburg International Airport.
Tasty meals are served in the restaurant and theme pub. Safe, secure parking
is available 24 hours a day. For the energetic, we offer a large swimming
Hotel Centurion, PRETORIA The
4–Star Protea Hotel Centurion is located on the safe and tranquil Centurion
Waterfront, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Hotel is situated
adjacent to the Centurion Mall shopping complex with its variety of restaurants,
bars, boutiques, cinemas and banks. This elegant yet affordable 4–Star
Hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, complimented by an
outdoor pool and lake deck overlooking the Centurion Lake, ideal for sundowners.
The Hotel was built in 1998 and has 151 en–suite rooms. The Hotel also
offers a fully equipped day–conference centre and secure parking.
Located on the water's edge is Protea Hotel Centurion's a la carte restaurant,
Emanzini, with its contemporary African atmosphere.