ACCOMMODATION IN PRETORIA
Originally the capital city of the old Transvaal Republic, Pretoria is less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, but it is totally different in character. It’s lower in altitude so the climate is less extreme, and it’s generally slower and more laid back than Joburg. Still the seat of Government, it is very much a cultural destination with lots of museums, monuments and art galleries. It’s a pretty city with lots of green space, and many of the older streets are lined with jacaranda trees that burst into spectacular purple bloom in September and October. The name, Pretoria, refers only to the city, while the broader metropolitan area is known as Tshwane.