Located right in the northern part of the province Gauteng, Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa and home to almost 700.000 people. With the many diverse cultural influences it got its different architecture uniqueness from colonial to modern up to art deco styles with a good mix of typical South African characteristics.
The three different main universities, gave Pretoria the name to be the ‘academic city’ within South Africa, which also of course influences the general city vibe. Youngsters and students you will mostly find in the center or the eastern part of the city, where most of the universities but also bars, and a lot of multicultural as well as typical South African restaurants are located. For daily shopping you can either go to one of the many malls within Pretoria or visit a local farmer or flea market. To have a stroll around after your workday, you may want to go to the central business district where you can find beautiful historical buildings, many museums like for example the cultural history museum ‘African Window’ and theatres.
For those who would like to escape the city life, you will find many different attractions, activity parks and camp sites within a radius of a 45min drive. A crater of humankind – where recently the origins of mankind were discovered, or the Hartbeespoort dam, also called Harties by locals, has become a hive of activities and is a very popular destination for weekend getaway.