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Popular amenities for Pretoria vacation rentals

Stay near Pretoria's top sights

Centurion Mall42 locals recommend
Irene Village Mall41 locals recommend
Brooklyn Mall75 locals recommend
Wonderpark Shopping Centre7 locals recommend
Loftus Versfeld Stadium38 locals recommend
The Grove Mall72 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Pretoria

  • Total rentals

    3.9K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.9K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    460 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    55K reviews

Your guide to Pretoria

All About Pretoria

Pretoria is one of three capital cities in South Africa, stretching over the Apies River and eastward into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range. The city forms a cluster with Johannesburg in the northeast, between the plateaus of Highveld in the south and Bushveld in the north.

Known as an academic city and a center of scientific research, Pretoria is sometimes called the Jacaranda City because of the nearly 50,000 lilac jacaranda trees that adorn its parks, gardens, and the streets — you’ll find white ones lining Herbert Baker Street in Groenkloof. The blooms are a feature of the annual Jacaranda Carnival, which includes a colorful march and the crowning of the Jacaranda Queen.

There are an abundance of parks and green spaces throughout Pretoria, including the National Botanical Gardens, and Burgers Park, which is the oldest in the city and a designated South African National Monument.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Pretoria

South Africa’s spring season runs from August to mid-October with mild to warm temperatures. Summer in Pretoria is moderately warm, but there may also be rain and thunderstorms during the afternoon, which keep the city’s beautiful gardens lush. This is the perfect time of the year to walk the Dassie Trail, an easy, flat trail when you’re likely to spot rock hyrax (small rabbit-like mammals) and apricot trees. October is marked by the Jacaranda Festival, when locals gather to admire the blossom and browse flea markets and food stalls.

Autumn runs from mid-February to April, and temperatures drop a few degrees, but it’s still pleasantly warm and the beautiful orange tinge of crocosmia and crimson geraniums are a sight to behold. You can expect warm winter days, but the nights are cold, so make sure you pack warm layers.

Top things to do in Pretoria

National Botanical Gardens

In the eastern suburb of Brummeria, less than 10 minutes from central Pretoria, this quiet oasis spanning around 188 acres is where you can see more than half of the country’s tree species, along with aloes, cycads, and other native plants. The gardens include the National Herbarium, which houses the largest collection of plant specimens in South Africa, and a botanical library.

Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument sits on a hilltop in the south of the city center and is a South African National Heritage site. This 40-meter granite structure is one of the country’s most visited historical monuments. You might find classical music performances and museum exhibits in the hall; grab a bite to eat at the rooftop restaurant and marvel at the stunning panoramic views.

Union Buildings

Pretoria’s historic Union Buildings are located at the highest point of the city on Meintjieskop. These neo-classical Italian Renaissance-style buildings are the official headquarters of the South African government and the office of the president. While the buildings themselves are off-limits, you can wander through beautiful terraced gardens peppered with monuments to prominent South African figures and look out across the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Pretoria?

    Featuring a subtropical climate, Pretoria has hot, rainy summers with temperatures around 82°F (28°C) and cool, dry winters with temperatures typically reaching 68°F (20°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Pretoria?

    Many visitors explore the rich history at the National Cultural History Museum, discover local wildlife at the Pretoria Zoo, or shop for local treats at the Hazel Food Market.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Pretoria?

    The months between October and April, during South Africa's summer, are often preferred by visitors. During this time, events such as Jacaranda Festival and Pretoria Christmas Market become key attractions.

  • What are the best places to stay in Pretoria?

    Travelers typically prefer areas like Menlyn, Brooklyn, or Hatfield since they are known for their diverse selection of accommodations and proximity to local attractions.

  • What are the best places to visit in Pretoria?

    Pretoria has many significant sites such as the Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, and Pretoria National Botanical Garden. These landmarks often feature in travel plans due to their historical and cultural value.

  • What are some hiking trails in Pretoria?

    Explorers frequently seek out trails such as the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve Trail, Groenkloof Nature Reserve Trail, and the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Trail. These provide a great chance to connect with nature and view the indigenous wildlife.

  • What are some family activities to do in Pretoria?

    Families often enjoy spending time at the Pretoria Zoo, exploring the National Botanical Garden or having fun with interactive exhibits at the Sci-Enza Centre. These activities are both educational and engaging for all ages.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Pretoria?

    Many people enjoy outings to the Cullinan Diamond Mine, Hartbeespoort Dam, or the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Each location presents a unique opportunity for a day filled with learning and fun activities.

  • Are there boutique hotel rentals with a dedicated workspace in Pretoria?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 boutique hotel rentals in Pretoria featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in condo rentals in Pretoria?

    Experience the best of Pretoria with our condo rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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