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Explore the highlights of Pretoria during a 5.5-hour tour from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to one of South Africa’s capitals, often called ‘Jacaranda City’ for the profusion of lavender blossoms on its tree-lined streets each spring. Walk to Church Square to see where Nelson Mandela received a life sentence in 1964 and the nearby building where he became president of South Africa three decades later. Visit the famous Voortrekker Monument and the 19th-century home of Boer leader Paul Kruger.

Highlights

  • 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

Begin your tour with a pickup from your Sandton or Rosebank hotel, then settle into an air-conditioned coach or minivan for the 45-minute drive to Pretoria. Along the way, listen as your expert guide sets the stage with history and information about the administrative capital of South Africa.

Start your tour in Pretoria by walking with your guide along some of the tree-lined streets that explode with color every spring when the jacaranda trees bloom. These trees are the reason for the city’s unofficial moniker of ‘Jacaranda City.’ Hear about Pretoria’s origins as a Boer farming community, and how it became the capital of Transvaal — the Afrikaans name of the South African Republic — in 1860.

Continue the tour with a walk to Church Square, surrounded by some very important buildings in the country’s history. The Palace of Justice is where Nelson Mandela received a life sentence in 1964. Pause to reflect that not far away, at the Union Buildings, Mandela became the first post-apartheid president of South Africa three decades later.

See the statue of 19th-century Boer leader Paul Kruger, the first president of the South African Republic, and then tour his restored home to learn more about the figure many still call ‘Old Lion.’

Climb back into your minivan or coach for a drive to the Voortrekker Monument just outside Pretoria. This iconic stone monument is dedicated to the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who made the difficult journey in covered wagons and on foot into what is now South Africa in the 19th century to build settlements.

Relax on the drive back to your Johannesburg hotel.

Please note: The order of stops listed above is subject to change.

Customer Reviews

Annette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good, Lawrence is a great guide!

Carl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The Afrikaneer history shown is Pretoria is both surprising and moving. It was very worthwhile to make this side trip.

shawng l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

Judith B

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.

Leszek R

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.

DrHoward

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.

Christine H USA

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.

Daryl Y

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!

Fiore L Italy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

beautiful excursion with the person of the good Springbok and efficente

Cheryl W USA

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!

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