• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

Find Accommodation in South Africa
Subscribe to our Feed
Posted on: Tuesday, 19 January 2010
2010 Host Cities Explored

2010 Host City, Pretoria

Send to Kindle
2010 Host City, Pretoria

2010 Host City, Pretoria

Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, 2010 Host City Pretoria Accommodation is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria.

Sedate, leafy Pretoria tends to endure a Cinderella complex when compared with the neighbouring city of Johannesburg. When it comes to world class cities, Johannesburg is one of the most ‘happening’ cities on the African continent and the city gleams with the glamour of money …

Pretoria has been left to shrug off its former association with the apartheid government in a relative state of slumber, lying as it does in a warm, sheltered valley surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range that ensure that temperatures here are invariably a few degrees warmer than Johannesburg …

2010 Host City, Pretoria

2010 Host City, Pretoria

But don’t let the sleepy nature of the pretty city lull you into a false perception. Pretoria has a beauty all of its own, and the slow pace of life is regarded as a bonus by its residents. Many Jo’burgers seek a quieter existence in Pretoria, prepared to commute daily rather live in the comparative rat race.

Wall flower the city is not. When in full bloom in October, the 2010 Host City of Pretoria literally comes alive with blossoms and leaves no one in doubt as to the origin of its nickname – Jacaranda city.

Pretoria functions as one of three capitals of South Africa with a population that exceeds a million people, the bulk of whom are government officials. The city centre is laid out in typical city fashion on a grid with wide roads, making getting around fairly simple.

2010 Host City, Pretoria

2010 Host City, Pretoria

Practically mandatory when visiting the city are the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, the Union Buildings and various museums and galleries that include Melrose House, the Pioneer Museum, Sammy Marks museum, and the Voortrekker Monument. Outdoor activities include the Wonderboom and Groenkloof Nature Reserves, the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, and a steam train ride around Pretoria.

Accommodation in Pretoria and near Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Find Accommodation in Pretoria for the 2010 World Cup by using our Pretoria map designed to show distances in kilometres from Loftus Versfeld Stadium to suburbs and towns within a 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km radius to the Stadium. See Pretoria Accommodation.


Accommodation in Kameeldrift East Accommodation in Derdepoort Accommodation in Silver Lakes Accommodation in Montana Accommodation in Rietfontein Accommodation in Waverley Accommodation in Centurion Accommodation in Irene Accommodation in Erasmia Accommodation in Equestria Accommodation in Tweefontein Accommodation in Brummeria Accommodation in Riviera Accommodation in Meyerspark Accommodation in La Montagne Accommodation in Willow Park Manor Accommodation in Willow Park Manor Accommodation in La Montagne Accommodation in Hatfield Accommodation in Arcadia Accommodation in Constantia Park Accommodation in Lynnwood Accommodation in Muckleneuk Accommodation in Magalieskruin Accommodation in Eldoraigne Accommodation in Moreleta Park Accommodation in Woodhill Estate Accommodation in Waparand Accommodation in Cullinan Accommodation in Colbyn Accommodation in Sunnyside Accommodation in Waterkloof Accommodation in Garsfontein Accommodation in Midrand Accommodation in Johannesburg Accommodation in Nelspruit Accommodation OR Tambo International Airport Accommodation in Clydesdale Accommodation in Brooklyn Accommodation in Menlo Park Accommodation in Brooklyn Accommodation in Menlo Park Accommodation in Gauteng CSIR Accommodation in Brits Accommodation in Brits Hartbeespoort Dam Hartbeespoort Dam Accommodation in Krugersdorp Polokwane Accommodation in Hammanskraal Accommodation in Waterkloof Ridge Accommodation in Waterkloof Ridge Accommodation in Erasmusrand Accommodation in Waterkloof Glen Accommodation in Waterkloof Glen Accommodation in Annlin Accommodation in Sinoville Accommodation in Wonderboom Accommodation in Wonderboom Accommodation in Kilner Park Accommodation in Pretoria North

Useful Links for planning your 2010 Trip:
Pretoria Attractions
Things to Do in Pretoria
Pretoria Map
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Pretoria Hotels
Pretoria Accommodation

The SA-Venues.com Team

About 

Photographs, posts and articles filed under "The SA-Venues.com Team" are either very old articles (this blog has been going since 2005!), are a combined effort or have been submitted to us by a third party, the name of which is/should be displayed in or below the actual article. Special offers and general event posts are also found here as they are generally a team effort.

Related Posts: