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South Africa’s capital city is a lot more pleasant than its former association with the apartheid government would suggest. Situated a mere half hour’s drive north of the metropolis of Johannesburg, it is an unhurried city, typified by streets lined with its iconic purple jacaranda trees, government departments and a handful of interesting museums.
The sweeping Union Buildings are considered one of the country’s architectural masterpieces. Built in an arc facing the enormous park in which hundreds of thousands came to witness Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inauguration, the buildings are closed to the public, but the spacious, terraced gardens command fine views of the city.
Across the city is the Vortrekker Monument, a stout edifice dominating the skyline and built to commemorate the Afrikaner pioneers who travelled north to settle the area in the late 1800s. It includes a museum and a view point at its summit. The magnificent Melrose house, in the city centre, is where the peace treaty ending the Boer war, was signed.
Pretoria is one of the safest cities in South Africa for strolling around the CBD, practical for pedestrians and full of restaurants and coffee shops, but it becomes dead by night as people typically retreat to shopping malls and entertainment precincts out in the suburbs.
Around the city are a number of pleasant, green, undulating suburbs. One unusual attraction is the Wonderboom, a tree of enormous girth. Pioneer open-air museum gives visitors an intriguing insight into settler life 150 years ago. Other worthwhile museums include the Eksteen transport museum, Art museum and Police museum. There are also the Botanical gardens, Austin Roberts bird sanctuary and Zoo for outdoor lovers.
By car you can also make an excursion to nearby Haartebeestpoort dam and the tranquil Magaliesburg, al little further on (90 minutes) is the famous Sun City casino and entertainment resort.
Pretoria is serviced by Johannesburg international Airport (40 mins drive), a major regional hub, and shuttles can be arranged from here.
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To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).