Pretoria is known as Jacaranda City, and if you visit in October you’ll take home vivid, violet memories. What about November through September you ask? Read on dear traveler.
South Africa has 11 official languages. English will do you fine, but in these parts you’ll hear lots of Afrikaans, a home-grown language derived from Dutch. ‘Baie dankie’ is ‘Thanks very much’ but more fun to say because it sounds like ‘Buy a donkey’. ‘Lekker’ means ‘Yummy’ but doubles as ‘Awesome’. Prices listed in rands, like R40.
Getting in Touch
Phone numbers are listed with the country code, +27. Area code for landlines is 012. On local lines, drop the country code and but the 0 before the 12. Or download our app on iTunes or the Play Store one tap dialing from your smartphone
The brand spanking new Gautrain is hands down the best way to get to the airport. You’l have to transfer at Sandton, but it’s better than sitting on the highway. Gautrain buses are good for catching major sites in the city, and otherwise there’s Uber.
You can always rent a car and use Google Maps on your phone to get around, but even then navigation can be tricky as apartheid-era street names are changed. Many suburbs also have identical street names, so know where you’re going. Otherwise, call Safe Cabs at 086 166 5566, but give them plenty of time — like an hour.
Getting in Trouble
Like in any big city, don’t wander the streets alone at night. Know the name of the suburb you’re going to, as street names are often replicated in different parts of town. If you’re using a maps app or a GPS, be sure to enter the suburb name when you search. Use secure parking. Don’t flash your cash or jewelery. Tap water is totally safe.
Call police at 10111, ambulance at 10177.