The city is filled with an abundance of Jacaranda trees – inspiring a local radio station named after this distinctive purple-flowered tree as well as its current nickname. As for its name of Tshwane, the answer is a bit less simple. Like many other areas within post-apartheid South Africa, name changes are proposed in the spirit of hope and new beginnings.
Picturesque scenery and naming challenges aside, Pretoria is one of the country’s three capitals, along with Cape Town and Bloemfontein. It is the administrative capital, housing a number of important landmarks such as the Union Buildings. The city has much to see and do – Pretoria Zoo, the National Botanical Gardens, the Voortrekker Monument, Transvaal Museum and lovely parks dotted throughout all make for great outings after checking in to your chosen Pretoria accommodation.
The city is linked to its neighbour Johannesburg by the high speed rail system that is Gautrain. Visitors keen to explore the rest of Gauteng can hop on at one of the many stations in the city and travel through to Joburg for a very rewarding sight-seeing experience. Business commuters frequently travel back and forth this way too, without having to navigate traffic and rush hours.
Tsogo Sun provides you with the finest Pretoria hotels – ensuring a rewarding stay in Gauteng’s City of Jacarandas.