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  • Location:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg

Discover Pretoria’s top sights on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour from Johannesburg. With an expert guide, admire the highlights of South Africa’s elegant administrative capital, nicknamed the ‘Jacaranda City,’ for its annual purple jacaranda blooms, and learn about its tangled history. Stop outside the imposing Palace of Justice, where Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in 1964, and see the Union Buildings where he was made president 30 years later. Plus, visit Kruger House, once home to Boer leader Paul Kruger, and the mighty Voortrekker Monument before your return to Johannesburg.


  • 5.5-hour Pretoria sightseeing tour from Johannesburg, with an expert guide
  • See the top landmarks of elegant Pretoria, dubbed the ‘Jacaranda City’
  • View Church Square and the Palace of Justice, where Nelson Mandela was sentenced in 1964
  • Admire the City Hall and Union Buildings, where Mandela became president in 1994
  • Visit Kruger House, the former home of Boer leader Paul Kruger
  • Learn about the history and culture of South Africa’s administrative capital

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What You Can Expect

Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg

Admire Pretoria's tree-lined streets on this half-day sightseeing tour

Start your experience with a pickup from your hotel in the Sandton or Rosebank area of Johannesburg. Board your air-conditioned minivan or coach and hear interesting facts about Pretoria as you drive to South Africa's administrative capital.

After roughly 45 minutes, arrive in Pretoria and tour its historical highlights. Stroll the wide avenues and hear how the purple jacaranda that blooms here annually gave the city its nickname of ‘Jacaranda City’. Learn how Pretoria started life as a Boer farming community before becoming capital of the South African Republic or Transvaal in 1860.

Walk to Church Square and admire its stately public buildings. See the Palace of Justice, where Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, and view the statue of Paul Kruger, or ‘Old Lion,’ the Boer leader and first president of the Republic.

Admire the City Hall and then stop outside the Union Buildings as your guide recounts how these sandstone-built government offices were the site of Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's president in 1994.

Visit Kruger House, the 19th-century home of Kruger. Explore its rooms, many restored to their former glory, and discover how the forceful Kruger led the Republic against the British during the Boer Wars.

Drive out of the city and see the vast Voortrekker Monument that honors the Afrikaner Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked into South Africa’s interior to settle in the 19th century. See the wagon-carved encircling wall and interior stone frieze that depicts scenes from the Voortrekkers' arduous journey.

Afterward, return to Johannesburg where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Exceptional experiences and worth to do this tour .. Five stars to our guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour led by a highly knowledgable and articulate guide. Phineas was phenomenal. He really made the day interesting and highly enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The tour was great only did not get to see the Church Square, Phenius(not certain about spelling) our guide was excellent, if you go ask for him (10 out of 10)

He new all of the answers and then some.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Hennie is an excellent tour guide. He has a strong interest in history, culture, and politics and reflects that interest in describing the development of his country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Well done. It was interesting to see and hear the story of the Dutch Afrikaners and their confrontations with English colonials.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

We had a great guide who gave us a lot of very interesting information about the railroad, the reason for the move to Pretoria, the life of Kruger, etc. Going though Kruger's house was especially intersting, to be able to see how they lived in style back then. I also really enjoyed seeing Kruger's train car, very impressive!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

beautiful excursion with the person of the good Springbok and efficente

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Our tour guide was named Lucky and we were lucky to be assigned to him!!! He was extremely knowledgable about all the sights, from the Voortrekker Monument to the current houses of parliament in Pretoria, to the Kruger House and Museum. He was even able to arrange a viewing of the original room where parliamentaians met!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our guide was fantastic! The wealth of information he shared with us was great!

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Nice with many museum and sightseein spots,
but other than those, I myself like to see and feel more
daily life of citizens, such as market or downtowns.

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