Pretoria, also known as the Jacaranda City, is the administrative capital of South Africa and it was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius. The city of Pretoria owns its existence and growth to the twin Boer dreams of independence and from the British and domination of the African population.
The disruption of Mfecane led by the Ndebele king, Mzilikazi, between 1826 and 1836 resulted in massive dislocations of African tribes in the Transvaal region. Much of the black population were slaughtered during the wars and many more fled north into present-day Zimbabwe. In 1841, the first Boers trekked into the temporary vacated territories and laid claims to the land that would soon be their capital, thus beginning the long-held myth that white people arrived in the area first.
Compared to Johannesburg, Pretoria is viewed as more of an Afrikaner city and it is home to various historic buildings and natural beauty such as the Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Palace of Justice, the Old Counsel of Chambers and the purple Jacaranda Trees.
Come experience the City of Pretoria with us as we take you to experience one of the historically richest cities in our country.
Did you know?
Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world after Washington, D.C. in the United States.