When in Pretoria, do what the ‘Pretorianers’ do!

Its biggest claim to fame is probably that it is the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria, but ask any resident, and they’ll tell you that beyond its government buildings, there’s an exciting world there – with plenty of things to experience.

Here are some of our favourites:

Pretoria University is home to one of the few Camera Obscuras in the country. Take a peek, and you’ll view the whole city, as you change the direction of the lenses.  Stop off in the morning for the best views of the CBD while it’s still being lit up by the sunlight from the east.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Ludwig’s Rose Farm, where you will find more than 1 000 varieties of roses. Relax with tea and cake in the restaurant, stroll through the grounds or, on weekends, take their tractor train ride tour.

Market-lovers will feel right at home in the capital city. A real treat – although it means getting up as the sun rises – is the Boeremark. You can stock up on the freshest veggies, hot bread, and great meat products every Saturday morning from 05:30 to 09:30. But be sure to set your alarm!

With Pretoria’s warm weather, even during winter, a picnic at the Union Buildings is a treat. With acres of green grass and amazing views across the city, this is a great spot to enjoy your lunch. While there, check out the 9- metre tall statue of Nelson Mandela.