History of Pretoria
In 1855, Pretoria was founded by Marthinus Pretorius, a Voortrekker leader. His intention was to name it after his father, Andries, who was instrumental in the Voortrekker victory over the Zulus in the monumental Battle of Blood River.
It took some time to settle on a name for the new town though, options like “Pretoriusdorp”, “Pretorium”, “Pretoriusstad” and “Pretoria-Philadelphia” were all considered, but Marthinus finally settled on Pretoria.
Today the area has been renamed the City of Tshwane, but the CBD still keeps the name of Pretoria. Pretoria continues as the administrative capital of South Africa.
Pretoria is informally known as the “Jacaranda City”, for its beautiful purple lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. Take this opportunity to stand in front of the heart of the country overlooking a city built on passion and determination, where buildings are architecturally significant and a nation congregates around statues of past leaders. Highlights include Paul Kruger House, Church Square, Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings and City Hall.
Stately Pretoria is the administrative and national capital city of South Africa. The country’s transition from Union to Republic to democracy can be traced along with the highlights of this tour.
The country’s transition from Union to Republic to democracy can be traced along with the highlights of this tour. You will visit the historic Union Buildings designed by Sir Herbert Baker, which was the site of Nelson Mandela’s Presidential inauguration and serves as the State President’s offices.
You will also take in the Voortrekker Monument.
You also visit the historic Church Square.
Head off to the City Hall for your next stop.