Airports

The biggest international airport in South Africa is the O.R Thambo International Airport (Previously the Johannesburg International) which is approximately 45km from Pretoria. The Albertina Sisulu Highway or R21 leads from there to Pretoria and is a 40minutes to 1hour drive, depending on traffic. Airport shuttles are available on the airport or can be pre-booked. See our Shuttle Services page on our directory.

Travel Tips

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Climate and Seasons

South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer is generally October to March, Autumn is during April, Winter is May to August and Spring is around September.

Summers are generally hot and lightweight clothing is advisable although evenings can be cool around the coast. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are a must and remember that sunburn can occur even in overcast weather.

Visas

South Africa has the right to decide who may and who may not enter its territory. A visa ensures that you are properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time. A visa doesn't guarantee you entry to the country, it only allows you to proceed to a South African port of entry, where an immigration officer will check that you satisfy the basic requirements for entry into the country.

Economy

Pretoria is an important industrial centre, with heavy industries including iron and steel casting as well as automobile, railroad and machinery manufacture. It is the headquarters of the South African Iron and Steel Corporation, ISCOR, which produces most of South Africa's steel.

Geography

Pretoria is the transitional area between the Highveld and the Bushveld, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Johannesburg in the north-east of South Africa. It lies in a warm, well sheltered, fertile valley, surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range, 1,370 m (4,495 ft) above sea level. Pretoria covers an area of approximately 1,644 km².

History

First inhabitants

The Southern Transvaal Ndebele occupied the river valley, which was to become the location of the city of Pretoria, by around 1600. During the difaqane in Natal, another band of refugees arrived in this area under the leadership of Mzilikazi. However, they were forced to abandon their villages in their flight from a regiment of Zulu raiders in 1832.