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Your specific packing list will depend on the time of year you plan to travel and your dream itinerary, but as a starting point, include light and breathable clothing to keep your cool, sunscreen, insect repellent (go ahead and get the extra-strength one, just trust us) and comfortable walking shoes for exploring Pretoria on foot. Although generally pretty dry, the occasional rain shower can dampen spirits, so throw one in just in case.


Known for its beautiful botanical gardens, parks and outdoor spaces, this leafy city is the perfect place to catch your breath. For a dose of culture, head to one of the many museums in Pretoria, from the Museum of Natural History and neighbouring Pretoria Zoo to various art galleries. If a metropolitan vibe is what you’re seeking, get lost in the jacaranda-lined streets or stop in at Hatfield Plaza for a little retail therapy. Freedom Park is a must-see – a stunning open space designed to tell the story of South Africa – as well as the Union Buildings, which commemorates the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Take a leisurely cruise on the Hartbeespoort Dam, or for the adventurers, Pretoria is the perfect launch pad to an array of outdoor activities, including a visit to the Wonderboom Nature Reserve or a safari trip further afield. Foodies, make a beeline to the vibrant Menlyn Maine precinct, a gastronomic paradise with a wide range of culinary delights to indulge in. 


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Picture this: it's springtime, and the jacaranda trees lining the streets are in full bloom, showering the city with their magnificent purple petals. From September to November, Pretoria transforms into a magical wonderland, with a delightful mix of warm days and mild evenings making it our pick for the best time to visit. If you’re chasing the sun and looking for the warmest (and busiest) time to visit Pretoria, summer (December to February) is it, but be warned, it’s also rainy season, so bring a jacket!


Wander the enchanting Pretoria National Botanical Garden, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the city at the Kruger House Museum or the Voortrekker Monument, which tell fascinating tales of South Africa's past. If you're craving some adrenaline, head to the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, where you can embark on thrilling hiking trails or go mountain biking amidst breath-taking landscapes. For a taste of local cuisine, indulge in the vibrant street food scene at the Hazel Food Market, the list is endless!


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