One on South Africa's oldest and greenest cities, Pretoria has been the site of some of the most important moments in the country's history, from its early settlement, through the Boer period and into the modern republic. A fascinating mix of old and new, why not explore this fantastic destination?
Despite being the administrative capital of South Africa, there is no international airport in Pretoria. However, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and South African Airways all run direct flights to Johannesburg from London Heathrow, and Pretoria is less than an hour's drive north of the airport. You can either rent a car yourself and drive up to your destination or book an airport shuttle bus to take you up to Pretoria.
One of the first things you'll notice during a break in Pretoria is how green a city it is, and, as such some of its most popular attractions are its gardens. The Botanical Gardens, the National Zoological Gardens and even the grounds of the Union Buildings boast some of the most beautiful, lush gardens you can see during a holiday in South Africa, and are well worth a visit. Indoors, there are numerous museums and galleries in Pretoria, with the Correctional Services Museum, Melrose House Museum and National Cultural History Museum being some of the best, chronicling South Africa's past from pre-history, through the Apartheid era and up to the present day.
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