Jacaranda trees near the Union Building

Destination

Pretoria Holidays

South African history

Quiet, sedate Pretoria is a complete contrast to the frenetic atmosphere of Johannesburg.

Leafy and lined with purple-blossomed trees, this genteel city has a beauty all its own. We love how Pretoria celebrates the heroes that built this nation from a turbulent history. From Freedom Park, honouring South Africans who lost their lives for freedom, to the Voortrekker Monument, celebrating the pioneers who left the Cape Colony, Pretoria is a lesson in South African history, outlining courage and patriotism. 

Once done, head to Kruger National Park for the safari experience-of-a-lifetime.

Destination Highlights
  • Historic city with fascinating heritage
  • Explore leafy jacaranda-lined streets
  • Visit Pretoria's beautiful national botanical gardens
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +2
  • Currency South African rand (ZAR)
  • Visa Information Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.
  • Language English is widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Indirect flights are available from Ireland to Johannesburg with Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Air France.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa.

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