11 Top Things to See and Do in Pretoria

Pink flamingos at the Pretoria Zoo
Pink flamingos at the Pretoria Zoo | © Suneé Jones
Sunee Jones

Pretoria is jam-packed with fun things to see and do. Whether you like exploring nature, learning more about South Africa’s history, or just relaxing with a cold beer in hand, the Jacaranda City has you covered. Here are 11 of the top things to see and do in Pretoria.

See the jacarandas in bloom

In October every year, the streets of Pretoria are lined with purple blossoms and the sweet scent of jacarandas fill the air. Although the jacaranda tree is an invasive alien species and no new trees may be planted, the older suburbs of the city are still a beautiful sight to behold in jacaranda season. Take a drive through Groenkloof, Brooklyn, Arcardia or Lynnwood and surrounds to see the blooms at their best.

Jacaranda trees line the street leading to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa

1. See a show at the State Theater


The South African State Theater
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Pretoria is also home to the South African State Theater, the largest theater complex in Africa. Come dressed in your Sunday best (or in jeans and sneakers, it’s really up to you) to get your culture on with the best performing arts shows from the community, the country and abroad. Performances range from ballet, opera and musicals to stand-up comedy, poetry readings and jazz evenings.

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