Pretoria

From Eco Friendly Travels

Eco-friendly travel guide to Pretoria advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Pretoria, South Africa.


  • Air quality: 2.4 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 3.4 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 3.6 / 5
  • Public transportation: 3.3 / 5
  • Parks: 4.2 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3.1 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 4.4 / 5
  • Safety: 3.4 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$23 - $164
  • Budget per day: US$39 - $180

Responsible Travel

Pretoria is located in South Africa and is believed to be the de facto capital of the country. its development and expansion benefits both the locals here, the country and even the region. Traveling responsibly while we in the city will go a long way in ensuring that its growth and expansion maintains on course. Some of the ways in which we can travel responsibly in Pretoria are:

o Disposing of waste appropriately

o Using public transport more often

o Conserving water

o Residing in eco-friendly accommodations

o Promoting the local economy

o Supporting organizations that aim to improve the living standards of locals in Pretoria


Air Quality and Pollution

The air quality of Pretoria is believed to be poor with the readings for PM2.5 AQI and PM10 AQI standing at 117 and 55 respectively. This poses a health risk to those who might be having health conditions. Therefore, you are advised to consult with your doctor before you visit Pretoria. In terms of pollution, the local government here has been making progress in ensuring that most of the waste in the city is efficiently managed so as not to pollute the air and soil.


Respect the Culture

South Africa has been known to be the most diverse country on the continent. A majority of the country's local population still live in poverty in informal settlements. The cultural beliefs and customs are highly upheld by these people despite influence from the western countries. South Africans living in urban areas speak English or Afrikaans in addition to their native languages. There exists a small group of Khoisan speakers who are not among the official languages in the re-known eleven official languages.

Literature has since time immemorial taken root in South Africa. One of the most popular novel writers was Solomon Thekiso Plaatje's Mhudi, a black author who wrote his novel in 1930. Among the white South African authors, Nadine Gordimer takes center stage. She was the seventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Her novel was released in 1981.

Music in South Africa has continued to evolve as time has gone by. The majority of African artists who sang in English during apartheid have now embraced the traditional African languages, and have developed a unique style called Kwaito. One of the most re-known musicians in South Africa is Brenda Fassie, who rose to popularity with her song "Weekend Special", written and sang in English.


Top 10 Places to Visit

• The Union Buildings. They are located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is where the official seat of the country’s government is located. It also has the president’s main office and official residence. The beautiful gardens found here are bordered by Vermeulen Street East, Blackwood Street, Government Avenue, and Church Street. There is an additional unique avenue, the Fairview Avenue, which is only used by officials to access these buildings. It is in these buildings that presidential inaugurations are conducted.

• The Wonderboom Nature Reserve. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It occupies a total area of 200 hectares and covers part of the Magaliesberg range. Important attractions found here are the derelict Fort Wonderboompoort which is situated on the peak of the Magaliesberg and the Wonderboom which is located close to Lavender street. You can access derelict fort by scaling a steep paved walkway from a nearby picnic area. You will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the city from here.

• The Pretoria National Botanical Garden. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is among the nine National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. It is located between Cussonia Avenue and Pretoria Road. It also borders a long rocky ridge. It occupies a total area of 76 hectares and was founded in 1946. Here, you will find the headquarters of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

• The Austin Roberts (Memorial) Bird Sanctuary. It is situated in Pretoria, South Africa. It occupies a total area of 11.76 hectares in Nieuw Muckleneuk, one of the suburbs in the city. It was the first bird refuge to be opened in Pretoria on October 1956 by Mr. W. J. Seymore, who was the mayor at that time. On 26 February 1958, it was officially acknowledged as a nature reserve and was finally fenced in June 1970. This sanctuary is named after J. Austin Roberts, one of the country’s most famous ornithologist and mammologist. Some of the birds found in this sanctuary include little rush-warbler, black-crowned night-heron, purple heron, southern red bishop, thick-billed weaver, little bittern, lesser swamp-warbler, green-backed heron, and African reed-warbler.

• Church Square. Formerly known as Market Square, this square is located in Pretoria, South Africa. The founder of this city, Marthinus Pretorius, declared that this square is to be used as a market place as well as a church yard. It got its name from the church buildings that stood at this square’s center between 1856 to 1905. The most important attraction of this square to date is the statue of Paul Kruger, which is located at the center of this square. He was a Boer leader and one of the country’s presidents during his lifetime. There are also other four statues of anonymous Boer soldiers surrounding that of Paul Kruger.

• The Groenkloof Nature Reserve. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is situated close to the Fountains Valley in the southern parts of the city. It occupies a total area of 600 hectares and is believed to be the first game sanctuary in the continent. It is run by the Department of Nature Conservation. Here, you will find the National Heritage Monument which is bordered by Nelson Mandela Drive and Christina de Wit Avenue which separate it from Klapperkop Nature Reserve and the Voortrekker Monument. This entire project protects a total of 1,400 hectares of bankenveld vegetation, which is among the threatened species in Gauteng. It is usually open from 5:30 am to 7 pm everyday during summer and from 7 am to 6 pm everyday during winter.

• The Rietvlei dam. This type of dam is earth-filled and is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is among the dams that supply water to Pretoria where it supplies about 41 million liters of drinking water daily to Pretoria. It usually caters for industrial and municipal activities in the city. It was first constructed from 1932 to 1934 and fitted with a brick core and was later expanded between 1988 and 1990. The renovations entailed raising the dam wall by adding a concrete wave wall and a reinforced earth barrier wall, and a paved roadway. The water that comes to this dam is sourced from five boreholes, five fountains, and the Rietvlei River. The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located next to this dam.

• Freedom Park. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will find a memorial with a list of people who were killed during the South African Wars, World War I, World War II, and during the apartheid era. This park was built in phases where some of the contractors involved in the building process of this park are Trencon, Concor, Stefanutti Stocks, and WBHO. Mongane Wally Serote managed the entire construction process.

• The National Zoological Garden of South Africa. It was initially known as the Pretoria Zoo. It occupies a total area of 80 hectares and is situated in Pretoria, South Africa. It was established by J. W. B. Gunning in 1899 and has been acknowledged as a national zoo ever since. It is among the eight largest zoos in the world. Some of the animals found here include African cheetahs, elephants, black rhinoceroses, Przewalski's horses, and giraffes.

• Melrose House. This mansion is located in Burgers Park in Pretoria, South Africa. It was constructed in 1886 by George Jesse Heys, who was one of the prominent businessmen in the city. It was named after famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland. It grew in fame during the Second Boer War between 1899 to 1902. It was during this time that Lord Roberts requisitioned it to be used as the military headquarters for the British army after Pretoria was invaded.in June 1900. It acted as the military coordination center for British forces for 18 months. All military operations from this house ceased in 1902 after the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging in May of the same year, signaling the end of the war. The Pretoria City Council then bought this house and everything in it in 1967. The amount paid is believed to be around R300,000. Charles Robberts Swart, the then president of the country opened it as museum and declared it a national heritage site in May 1971.


Explore

There are many attraction sites here in Pretoria which you can visit to make your visit to the city to be memorable. They include the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and the Union Buildings. You can also visit the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History where you will get to learn the history of the various hominoid discoveries that were found here in the city.


City Parks

• Venning Park. This public park is located along Eastwood Street, Arcadia in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will find amazing gardens which you can relax and enjoy the calm and serenity of the place. There is also a children play area here which includes swings and slides that children can play with. It is usually open for 24 hours. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 344 3840.

Other public parks found in Pretoria are:

o Zita Park

o Public Neighbourhood Park


National Parks

• The Rietvlei Nature Reserve. It is situated in Pretoria, South Africa. It occupies a total area of 4,000 hectares. Some of the animals that you will find here include cheetahs, black wildebeest, mountain reedbuck, zebra, springbuck, hippopotamus, Blesbuck, grey duiker, red hartebeest, common waterbuck, leopard, reedbuck, oribi, and eland. Here, you will also find the Rietvlei Dam within this reserve.


Beaches

Pretoria is located inland in South Africa and is not located close to any water body thus it does not have any natural beach.


Landmarks

• The Voortrekker Monument. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It is a huge granitic structure that is situated at the peak of a hill. It was raised to perpetuate the Voortrekkers who exited the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. It was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk and was officially declared a National Heritage Site in July 2011 by the South African Heritage Resource Agency. It measures 40 meters by 40 meters by 40 meters. Its appearance is similar to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal monument in Germany and the Dôme des Invalides monument in France.


Museums

• Kruger House. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It was the Pretorian residence for one of the country’s presidents, Paul Kruger, who was also the Boer leader. It was constructed in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and Charles Clark. Milk was used to mix the cement during construction instead of water. The cement that was used here was also substandard. It was among the pioneer buildings in the city to be connected with electricity. Some of the items found here are presents that were given to Paul Kruger. Here, you will also find two lion statues on the verandah made of stone. They were among the gifts presented to Paul Kruger in October 1896.

• The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. Initially known as the Transvaal Museum, this museum is located along Paul Kruger Street in Pretoria, South Africa. It was founded in 1895. It was later acknowledged to be among the founding Museums of Ditsong Museums of South Africa. It is home to the collection of Plio-Pleistocene fossils such as hominoids from Swartkrans, Sterkfontein, and Kromdraai, the late Permian therapsids, and the Cradle of Humankind. Here, you will also find a complete skull of an Australopithecus africanus specimen known as Mrs. Ples. You will also find collections of mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds.


Eat

There are various traditional restaurants here in Pretoria where you will get to enjoy some of the traditional dishes found here. You also have the chance to enjoy various international cuisines Pretoria has to offer. You can also enjoy vegetarian dishes found in the vegetarian and vegan restaurants found here in the city.


Traditional Local Restaurants

• Africa Restaurant and Bar. This traditional restaurant is located along 1141 Burnett Street, Hatfield in Pretoria, South Africa. The staff here is usually charming and offer quick services to clients. Some of the delicacies offered here include fried chicken, pilau, fish, bunny chows, and burgers. It is usually open all through the week from 6:30 am to 11 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 364 0300.

• Heritage Lifestyle Restaurant. This African restaurant is located along Pretorius Street, Arcadia in Pretoria, South Africa. The staff here is usually charming. The food here is expertly prepared and professionally presented to clients. Some of the delicacies that you will get to enjoy here include: lamb stew, lamb curry with rice, mash potatoes, creamy livers, and chicken liver salad. You will also be able to enjoy drinks such as pongraz champagne and fruit cocktails. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 751 5106.


Vegetarian and Vegan

• Blos Cafe. This restaurant is located at the junction of 66 Olympus Road and Leander Road in Pretoria, South Africa. The staff here is usually kind and offer fast and reliable service to clients. Some of the delicacies that you will get to enjoy here include bobotie, spicy mango egg skillet, falafel pizza, eggs benedict, and hamburgers. You will also be able to enjoy drinks such as white-hot chocolate, flat white, and a selection of beers such as Guinness. It is usually open all through the week from 7 am to 10 pm.


Street Food

Both locals and foreigners usually love the food that is usually sold in the streets of Pretoria. The disease council in the country has deemed this foods to be safe to eat. Some of these street foods include:

o Chuck Steak

o Tbone Steak

o Chips

o Salsa


Drink

Pretoria has a huge number of bars where you can relax and enjoy a variety of local and even international drinks. You will get a chance to experience the amazing nightlife Pretoria has to offer. Some of these bars in the city include:

o Aandklas Hatfield

o Bar Time - Time Square

o Springbok Bar


Tap-water

The CDC of the USA has acknowledged South Africa as among the few countries in the world whose faucet water is relatively safe for consumption, especially in cities including Cape Town and Pretoria. In Pretoria, the water treatment plants here ensure that there is no E.coli or any fecal coliform in the faucet water. You can also choose to buy bottled water from the vendors in the city who usually sell it at affordable prices.


Organic Cafés

• afro-boer®. This café is located along Meerlust Road, Equestria in Pretoria, South Africa. The staff here is kind and offers fast and reliable service to clients. Some of the delicacies that you will get to enjoy here include carrot cake, lamb burger with chips, snoek fish cakes, eggs benedict, quiche, and salad. You will also be able to enjoy a variety of drinks here which include salted caramel latte, cappuccino with almond milk, condensed milk cuppacino, creme brulee latte, kondensmelk koffie, and vegan chocolate chia pudding. It is usually open from Tuesday to Thursday between 7:30 am to 6 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 807 3099.


Breweries

• Drayman's Brewery CC. this brewery is located along 222 Dykor Street, Silverton in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will find various brands of alcoholic drinks that are being brewed including Mampoer which is a spirit, Chilli which is a whisky, and Berghof which is a beer. It is usually open from Monday to Friday between 7:30 am to 1 pm and on Saturdays between 9 am to 12 pm. It is usually closed on Sundays.

Other breweries located in Pretoria include:

o Friar's Habit Craft Brewery

o The South African Breweries


Activities

There are many attraction sites here in Pretoria which you can visit to make your visit to the city to be memorable. They include the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and the Union Buildings. You can also visit the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History where you will get to learn the history of the various hominoid discoveries that were found here in the city.


Yoga and Retreats

• Yoga Harmony Pretoria. This yoga studio is located in Pretoria, South Africa. The management here offers various types of yoga classes which include beginners yoga classes, vinyasa, meditative yoga, prenatal yoga, hatha yoga, children’s yoga, corporate yoga, yin yoga, and personal yoga classes. Some of the services offered here include:

o Reflexologist

o Deep tissue massage

o Meditation instructor

o Body scan meditation

o Breath awareness meditation

o Focused meditation

o Guided meditation

o Loving kindness meditation

o Mantra meditation

o Mindfulness meditation

o Self-inquiry meditation

o Spiritual meditation

o Transcendental meditation

You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 82 309 7482.


Accommodation

• Firwood Lodge. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. Amenities that you will get to enjoy here are free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool, and free private parking. The rooms here are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a kitchen area equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, an electric kettle, and a stovetop, a hairdryer, and a personal bathroom. Guests here will have the opportunity to choose between a continental or à la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest located close to this facility include the University of Pretoria which is located 4.2 kilometers away, Union Buildings which are located 8 kilometers away, and Wonderboom Airport which is located 14 kilometers from this property. The management here offers airport shuttle services at an extra charge.

• Pro Active Guest House. It is situated in Pretoria in the Gauteng region, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, barbecue facilities, and free private parking. The rooms here are equipped with a TV with satellite channels, a lounge area, a kitchen area fitted with a refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster, and an electric kettle, and a personal bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Guests will have the opportunity to choose between an English or Irish breakfast that is offered here every morning. Popular points of interest located close to this accommodation facility include Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Egyptian Embassy, Pretoria Arts Association, the University of Pretoria which is located 2.1 kilometers away, and the Wonderboom Airport which is located 12 kilometers from this property.

• Valley Guest House. It is located in Pretoria, South Africa. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a terrace, a children’s playground, a restaurant, and an on-site bar. The rooms here are fitted with air conditioning, a refrigerator, a microwave, and an electric kettle. Popular points of interest located nearby include the American and Australian embassies, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, University of Pretoria and the Union Buildings both of which are located 2.2 kilometers away, and the Wonderboom Airport which is located 16 kilometers away. The management here offers airport shuttle service at an extra charge.


Green Hotels

• Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. This luxury hotel in Centurion's Clubview neighborhood, 3.5 km from Centurion Lake, offers spacious rooms with balconies. A large oak-tree garden surrounds the house. There is free Wi-Fi in the house. All air-conditioned rooms at come with free Wi-Fi, dark wooden furniture, and oriental carpets, and are decorated in a Cape Dutch theme. Each room has a work desk and a satellite LCD TV. Every morning, a full English breakfast is served. Seasonal cuisine is served in the à la carte restaurant or on the large outdoor terrace with white parasols. The lounge at Kleinkaap has a big fireplace and cozy sofas with cushions where guests can unwind. Golf can be played at the Zwartkop Country Club, which is 3.2 kilometers away. Guests can come and go as they please with a 24-hour reception service. The property provides free Wi-Fi, and OR Tambo Airport is 35 kilometers away.


Hostels and Guest Houses

• Amoris Guest House-Lynnwood. This guesthouse is centrally situated near all major highways, business parks, and shopping centers in Pretoria's Lynnwood suburb. It is a 12-minute drive from Loftus Versfeld Stadium and features an outdoor pool with gardens and free Wi-Fi. There are both private and shared facilities available. The rooms are tastefully furnished and include a satellite TV, ceiling fan, and tea/coffee making facilities. The majority of the rooms have French doors that lead out to the backyard. The Farmers Folly prepares a full English breakfast with pastries and fresh fruit in the morning. It is 13 kilometers from Pretoria's city center. On-site parking is available for a fee.

• Waterkloof Guest House. It is situated in Pretoria and has a heated swimming pool as well as a garden. The Pretoria Country Club is just next door to the guest house. There is a lounge space, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a patio in each of the suites. A full kitchenette with a microwave and an oven is open. The private bathrooms have a spa bath as well as a tub. The space has a view of the pool and the backyard. A 60-seat interactive conference center and a separate 20-seat board room are available at the guest house. A shared lounge, a ticket service, and a tour desk are among the other amenities available at the hotel. Parking is available for free at the house. The Union Buildings are 15 minutes away by car, and the Voortrekker Monument is 10 kilometers away.

• Brooklyn Guesthouses. This guest house, located in a trendy Brooklyn suburb, provides modern accommodations as well as two outdoor swimming pools and a tea garden. The Loftus Versveld Stadium is about 3 kilometers away. Each room has satellite TV and is furnished in a colonial style. Every morning, guests will enjoy a traditional English breakfast served buffet-style. Both meals are available to be eaten in the tranquil tea garden. The Pretoria business district is a 10-minute drive away, and the University of Pretoria is within walking distance. On request, an airport shuttle is open, as well as off-street parking.


Apartments

• Absolute Farenden Apartments. The hotel provides luxurious serviced apartments with self-catering facilities and air conditioning, only a 20-minute walk from many landmarks such as the Union Buildings, art galleries, and museums. A 15-minute drive will carry you to Freedom Park. The studios and apartments feature a fully fitted kitchen with a dishwasher and a washing machine, as well as contemporary décor. There is a separate dining and seating area, a sofa lounge, and an LCD satellite TV in each room form. On request, a continental packed breakfast is open. A 5-minute walk will take you to many restaurants and eateries. The Loftus Versfeld Stadium is 600 meters away, and the Loftus Versfeldpark Railway Station is 15 minutes away on foot. By car, O R Tambo International Airport is 35 minutes away. On request, an airport shuttle service is open. The management provides free parking and security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Crystal Lagoon The Blyde Pretoria. In Pretoria, there is accommodation, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a pub, a communal lounge, and a terrace with garden views. A balcony, a completely fitted kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area with a couch, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries are all included in each unit. There's even a kettle, as well as a microwave, freezer, and oven. A children's playground is accessible at the apartment. It is possible to rent a car. Union Buildings is 19 km from the housing, while University of Pretoria is 17 km away. Wonderboom Airport is 24 kilometers away, and the property provides a paid airport shuttle service.


Couchsurfing

Majority of the locals here in Pretoria have enrolled in various websites that offer couchsurfing services so that they can link up with visitors planning to travel to the city. They see this as an opportunity to meet new people from different cultures and even learn a few things from each other. This is also an opportunity to make new friends.


Camping

Camping in Pretoria is usually fun, enjoyable, and also safe. You will be able to engage in many camping activities here including team building, singing, campfires, and even engage in various games. Both the people and staff who are in these campsites in the city are kind and peaceful people. Some of the campgrounds that are found here in the city include:

o Twana Backpackers Lodge

o Joos Becker Caravan Park

o Rietvlei Dam Angling Area


How to Get There

By car. There are five highways which you can use to get into Pretoria in Gauteng region from all the cities in the country. These national highways are N1, N3, N4, N12, and N14.

By air. Pretoria does not have an airport but you can fly in to the nearby city of Johannesburg. You can then take the Albertina Sisulu Highway or R21 highway to Pretoria. You may also choose to walk or take a taxi to Isando from Johannesburg where you can then proceed to take a MetroRail suburban train to Pretoria.

By train. You can get into Pretoria from nearby cities by train with the closest city being Johannesburg. You can choose to take the Gautrain from Johannesburg to Pretoria. You may also choose to take the MetroRail which usually makes stops at Kempton Park and Germiston.


Air

Pretoria has no airports thus air transport is non-existent in the city at the moment. The nearest airport to Pretoria is located in the nearby city of Johannesburg.


Bus

There are various bus companies which operate in Pretoria and also to other cities in the country. The prices offered are relative to the distance you are covering, the type of bus, time of travel, and the bus company you are using. Some of these bus companies are Translux, BazBus, Greyhound, and the Intercape Mainliner.


Train

Pretoria railway station is the main station in Pretoria, South Africa. It is situated in a 1910 Herbert Baker-designed building between Pretoria's central business district and Salvokop. It is a stop on Shosholoza Meyl inter-city services from Johannesburg to Polokwane and Nelspruit, as well as the terminus of various Metrorail commuter rail services in the northern part of Gauteng. Pretoria is also the northern terminus of Cape Town's luxurious Blue Train service. The Gautrain rapid-rail service has platforms and tracks right next to the main-line station.


Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is easy here in Pretoria. You will need to signal with your hand and a motorist who would happen to head to your destination will gladly take you there.


Others

Pretoria is located inland and thus is not close to any water body hence water transport is not available in the city. On the other hand, there is no operational airport in Pretoria at the moment thus air transport is also ruled out in the city. The only modes of transport that are available in the city are road and railway.


Moving Around

Minibus taxis (also known as combis) are the most common type of taxi, and they are often the newer, larger kind, costing R12 per trip and covering most of the city, including nighttime service on major thoroughfares. Tell the driver where you want to go, and he should be frank about whether or not he is going that way. Gautrain feeder buses operate on a limited number of routes across the region, costing R20 per trip and requiring the purchase of a prepaid Gautrain card in advance. During business hours, city buses even ply the streets.


Walk

There are several walk tours here in the city where you will get a chance to tour some of the attractions here on foot. You will be able to go with guides who are usually kind and ready to answer any questions you have while on tour.


Bicycle

Various organizations have realized how tourists love to explore areas near their residences on bicycles and have decided to make it easier for them to either purchase or hire a bicycle. The hotel industry has invested in this field by purchasing many bicycles and make them available for hire by to tourists.


Electronic Vehicles

One of the major electric vehicle companies in Pretoria and South Africa at large, is the BLUEPLUG Electrical company. It is mainly concerned with installing charging stations in the city to facilitate those who have electric vehicles in the city. There are various models of electric cars which have already been integrated into the transport sector in the city as South Africa is one of the countries that embraced electric vehicles several years ago. BLUEPLUG Electrical has installed many charging stations in the city in places such as car dealership stations and malls.


Public Bus

Translux, BazBus, Greyhound, and the Intercape Mainliner are the main public buses operating within Pretoria and also connects the city to other destinations in the country. most of these buses begin operating from rush hours till late in the evening when they begin reducing in number. Some of them ply routes that connect Pretoria to nearby cities such as Johannesburg.


Tram, Train and Subway

Pretoria railway station is the main station in Pretoria, South Africa. It is situated in a 1910 Herbert Baker-designed building between Pretoria's central business district and Salvokop. It is a stop on Shosholoza Meyl inter-city services from Johannesburg to Polokwane and Nelspruit, as well as the terminus of various Metrorail commuter rail services in the northern part of Gauteng


Sustainable Shopping

• GX&Co. (Green Cross) Menlyn Park. It is located along Atterbury Road in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will be able to buy shoes at very affordable prices. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 87 287 8036.


Food Markets

• Hazel Food Market. This farmers' market is located in Pretoria, South Africa. Some of the food products that you will be able to buy here include bread, chocolate cake, cheese, vegetables, meat, and various spices. It is only open on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 78 593 7716.

[email protected] It is located along 387 Helen Joseph Street in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will be able to enjoy meat and local drinks being sold at this market among other food products. You will also get to be entertained by live music performances mostly from local artists. It is usually open all through the week from 11 am to 8 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 64 855 5518.


Flea Markets

• Greenlyn Goods Market. This flea market is located in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will be able to buy a variety of products at very affordable prices. These products include utensils, shoes, jewelry, women’s clothes and accessories, and paintaings. It is only open on Fridays from 7 am to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 1 am to 2 pm. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 809 0056.

• Kimiad Family Market. This flea market is located along Wekker Road in Pretoria, South Africa. Some of the products that you will be able to buy here are jewelry, drinks, electronics, and tools such as spanners. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 83 795 2840.


Second Hand Stores

• Odds & Ends Secondhand Store. This consignment shop is located along 771 Piering Road in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will be able to purchase furniture at very affordable prices. They include benches, shelves, chairs, and sofas. It is usually open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm while it is closed on Sundays. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 345 1546.

• Cash Converters Menlyn Retail Park. This second-hand store is located along Cnr Lois Avenue in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, you will be able to buy a variety of products such as shelves chair, guitars, and even electronics such as mobile phones. It is usually open all through the week where it is open between 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays, and between 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays. You can get in touch with the management here using this number, +27 12 348 0040.


Eco-Fashion

Some of the major designing companies in Pretoria have embraced the use of durable and environmentally friendly fabrics to design clothes. These top-quality clothes are usually for men, women, and children. The fabrics that are being used are usually comfortable, breathable, and top-quality. These fabrics are usually taken through manufacturing processes that are usually natural and environmental-friendly.


Recycling

The local authority in Pretoria has been partnering with the national government and other organizations to set up recycling centers within the city which will effectively handle all the waste produced in the city. Some of these recycling centers include:

o Remade Recycling (BRP)

o Splitrock Recycling

o mpact recycling

o Salvage & Recycling


Waste

The waste that is produced in Pretoria constitutes of both solid and liquid waste with the majority being solid waste. From plastics to metals to even garbage, all of these solid wastes are produced here in Pretoria.


Work and Study Abroad

Pretoria is one of the most developed cities in South Africa and the region at large. Many business opportunities keep presenting themselves in the city. Both investors and expatriates have noticed this potential and have been coming into the city to either invest on already existing businesses or to start new business opportunity. The United Nations has also set up various offices in the city to facilitate its operations in the city and the region. These entities are:

o United Nations Information Centre

o UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA)


Exchange Student

• The University of Pretoria. It is a state university with several campuses in Pretoria, South Africa. The university was founded as the Pretoria campus of the Johannesburg-based Transvaal University College in 1908, and that is the fourth South African institution to be granted university status in operation today. On 1,190 hectares of land, the institution was established on seven regional campuses (2,900 acres).


Au Pair

Pretoria is one of the most developed cities in South Africa and even the region. This has in turn attracted many job seekers to the city including those seeking for nanny jobs. For those living in the high-end estates of Pretoria and need nannies, job seekers usually flock in these estates in order to increase their chances of being employed. Some have even gone ahead to acquire additional skills such as first aid training to increase their chances of being employed. There are several AU pair organizations in Pretoria which offer these services and they include:

o ABC Au Pairs

o AU PAIR TRAVEL

o Carla's Au Pairs Pretoria


Volunteering

• Tshwane Leadership Foundation. This is a neighborhood group dedicated to urban development that is mutually supportive. From 1993, we've shown our dedication to the city's most disadvantaged residents by creating groundbreaking services for young women, adolescents, and street families. TLF is made up of ten initiatives that are striving to create stable, culturally equitable, and economically sustainable urban neighborhoods, as well as regulatory frameworks that allows citizens to be included and their rights to be protected. Furthermore, all of the initiatives aim to counter poverty, provide access to the disadvantaged, disabled, and needy, and break the vicious cycles of victimhood and poverty that hundreds of vulnerable people face every year. Outreach work, drop-in centers, transitional and special needs housing, life and social skills training, palliative and geriatric treatment, and helping with long-term housing tenancy are only a few of the projects' programs.


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