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  • Palace of Justice

Pretoria, located in the northern part of Gauteng province is the executive and administrative capital, as well as the de facto national capital of South Africa. Pretoria was nicknamed the “Jacaranda City” due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted throughout the city.

Pretoria has a very strong Afrikaner history and is known for its apartheid past. The city was founded by Marthinus Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers in 1885 and became the capital of the South African Republic in 1860. When South Africa left the British Commonwealth to become a republic in 1961, Pretoria remained as the administrative capital.

As apartheid gripped the country, Pretoria was a symbol of political repression and white conservatism. It was in the Palace of Justice in the city centre that the historic Rivonia Trial took place. During the trial, Nelson Mandela and a number of prominent members of the black liberation struggle were charged with treason and were imprisoned.

Despite Pretoria serving as the headquarters of the apartheid state, the Union Buildings (also in the city centre) hosted the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, in 1994. This historic event helped lay the groundwork for the Pretoria that exists today.

A laidback city with an historic atmosphere and an appreciation for nature, Pretoria has much to offer tourists.

 


 

South Africa Travel Information

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Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!

 

Extend Your Stay

After your South Africa vacation, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from South Africa or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours.

 

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  • Blue Train: Cape Town to Pretoria

    Enjoy grace and elegance as you sit back and relax travelling through the panoramic countryside of South Africa. Start from either Cape Town of Pretoria and let the Blue Train work its spell.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,299
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town

    Enjoy grace and elegance as you sit back and relax travelling through the panoramic countryside of South Africa. Start from either Cape Town of Pretoria and let the Blue Train work its spell.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,299
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail Golf Safari: Pretoria to Pretoria

    Play at the world-renowned Leopard Creek golf course, plus superb courses in Swaziland, Durban, the Drakensburg and Sun City. Enjoy game viewing in Kruger Park, Mkhaya and Hluhluwe Reserves.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,869
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Pretoria (or v.v)

    Departing from Cape Town or Pretoria, stopping en-route to view Kimberley's 'Big Hole' and the Mine and Diamond museums, while enjoying the stark beauty of the Northern Cape.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,389
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town (v.v)

    This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 12,625
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Rovos Rail: Durban to Pretoria (or v.v)

    Join this three day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZula Natal. Take in the 'Big Five' at the private bush retreat of Nambiti Conservancy, and Spionkop battlefields tour with a world class historian.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,389
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Swakopmund or vice versa

    Goway's Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Swakopmund or VV visits Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and other exotic stops. Please inquire about this trip!
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,016
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or v.v.)

    This journey takes guests from Pretoria westward to Botswana before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and on to the mighty Victoria Falls. This tour also operates in reverse.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,972
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Shongololo 12 Day Southern Cross Special: Pretoria to Victoria Falls

    Exploring Africa by rail is a magical journey, combining high luxury with an authentic immersion in nature. From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, see the best of Southern Africa onboard the Shongololo.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,969
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Shongololo Dune Express

    Enjoy an outstanding train tour starting from Pretoria which visits Kimberley and Upington in South Africa before crossing into Namibia, a country offering everything from huge canyons, wildlife safaris and old mining towns eventually finishing at Swakopmund. This is an experience offering unforgettable landscapes.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,159
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours, Rail Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Shongololo Southern Cross

    Experience, on a relaxing train journey, 4 different countries, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland while taking in Victoria Falls, enjoying several game drives in 3 different wildlife parks including Kruger, exploring canyons, old mining towns and visiting Pretoria, Johannesburg and Maputo, Mozambique’s capital.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,127
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
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  • The Blue Train: Pretoria to Hoedspruit

    All aboard the luxurious Blue Train, which brings a touch of elegance to any South Africa vacation. Depart from Pretoria and explore the picturesque landscapes of Northern South Africa.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 845
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
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