There’s nothing quite like touring your own city. Although it conjures up images of fat American tourists yelling or quiet Japanese tourists clicking, a city tour is almost essential to break that neighbourhood-centric tunnel vision we all develop.
Typical, famous highlights in and around Pretoria are of course the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, the Kruger House Museum, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Melrose House and the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. Look out for them in any tour’s offering, and you’ll know you’ve got the real city tour deal. As an indulgent date with yourself, check out these seasoned pros, who will show you Pretoria in a whole new light.
Pogiso’s Pretoria City Tour lasts for just three hours, but you’ll have a far richer understanding of Jacaranda City when you’re done. They offer two departure times too, 9am and 1pm.
The Half-Day Pretoria City Tour offered by Bono Tours is geared for first-time tourists or locals pressed for time. Well guided and rich in valuable historical snippets, this is a classic city tour option.
A Pretoria, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Virgio Tours will probably exceed expectations. A seasoned tour operator with far greater scope than day tours, they host a polished and enjoyable day tour that many Pretorians have already sampled.
For those with a determination to really get a good dose of Pretoria into them on the day, the Full Day Pretoria City Tour and Cullinan Underground Mine Tour is the ticket. With such a long name, you know you’re going to get your money’s worth on this bus!
Not getting enough thrills at home? The Mystery Ghost Bus will take you on a spookagtige tour of Pretoria’s haunted venues. Not for kids under 12, they offer a 7pm to Midnight graveyard option, as well as taking in numerous haunted and otherwise grisly venues. In-bus spooky recordings and other displays – plus pub stops – make for a truly enjoyable and thrilling day, depending on your expectations. A tour developed from the original 1988 London Ghost Bus of 1988, it’s been panned by some participants as disappointingly lame. Skeptics will love that, and enthusiasts tend to bring their own enthusiasm.
The Pretoria Capital City Tour from Ulysses Tours and Transfers whistles around Pretoria every Tuesday. Typically charging only R700, this is an excellent choice for a cost-effective but comprehensive city tour.
If what appeals to you in this world are the things that nature put there, then the Rietvlei Nature Reserve half-day tour is your other Tuesday option. Feting guests with a game drive in an air-conditioned vehicle, the tour takes around three hours and costs only R600.
Swangs Safaris also do a Pretoria city tour and, based on reviews, this a passionate outfit that provide a truly engaging, worthwhile tour of Jacaranda City. A classic tour that includes historical depth and a diversity of destinations, this is an ideal all-round city tour for residents and tourists alike.
The Elephant Encounter and Lion and Safari Park tour around Hartebeespoort is another option for nature-minded Pretoria tourists. Definitely one for those who’d rather see nature and animals than people. We do, however, hope they have nothing to do with canned lion hunting, as happy lion families and happy volunteers are hallmarks of the recipe for some dark setups … Guys?
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If none of the above jingle your bells, then buzz the 4-hour Half Day Pretoria City Tour, or Mmilo Tours for their full-day Pretoria City Guided Day Tour. Need more options? You can try Nhlalala Travel’s city tour too, for another option on a great day-out-in-the-city, hosted by a company that ensures you’ll get your fill on the day.