ADD TO LISTA decent number of travelers choose to make their way out to Pretoria when traveling through South Africa. Pretoria has some nice monuments and museums, and its most well-known attraction, the Onderstepoort Nature Reserve, could be worth a visit. Check out this Pretoria travel guide for more ideas on what to see and do, as it can be worth a stopover.
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Gauteng's two major cities are just 50km apart, but could hardly be more different. PRETORIA, 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. Ever since the nation's re-acceptance into the international arena, Pretoria has 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. The 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. Pretoria 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 and fun.
Capital city of South Africa. Fantastic capital buildings on top of a hill overlooking the city. beautiful parks surrounding the capital buildings. City is very bust an quite clean. Local transport is mini busses that seem to come from nowhere when you travel around. Fairly nsafe during the day but no so in hours of darkness.
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