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history of pretoria

Pretoria was first settled about 350 years ago by Nguni speaking people known as maTebele or refugees, who settled on the banks of the Apies river (Tswane or small ape) named after a chief in the area.They were displaced in 1825 by Mzilikazi who had fled from the Zulu king Shaka.
He in turn was driven out, in 1832, by Shaka's regiments and the area was abandoned.


In 1837 the Voortekkers found this pleasant valley and established farms on the site.

Andries Pretoruis, one of the Voortrekker leaders, owned a farm called Grootplaats, near to where the Apies flows into the Crocodile. In 1853 he died of pnuemonia.
Shortly after his death it was decided to select a site for a central capital of the Republic, to be named Pretoria in his honour.

In 1855 his son Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
purchased portions of the farm Elandspoort
and Pretoria was laid out by a self taught surveyor named Andries du Toit.

Pretoria is known as "Jacaranda City"because of the abundance of Jacaranda Trees - exotic to South Africa - with their stunning purple blossoms, which line the streets in summer.


Pretoria is ansophisticated, quiet city in contrast to hyper-active Johannesburg, just half an hour away.


Pretoria has a long, involved and fascinating history - first as the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal, then as one of the three capitals of South Africa.


It became synonomous for apartheid.


In 1994, however, wiith the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, the Union Buildings became overnight the representation of unity.


We provide tourist information on accommodation, businesses, tourist destinations and things to do in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as other related information such as business as regards to property, real estate and property developers.




Pretoria and the suburbs of Pretoria offer a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from Pretoria B&B accommodation, Pretoria self catering accommodation, Pretoria Lodges, Pretoria Guest Houses, Pretoria bush camps, Pretoria Hotels, Pretoria Game lodges .... and many many more dirrering types of accommodation, ranging from budget backpackers accommodation in Pretoria, to family accommodation in Pretoria, affordable B&B's and Guest Houses in Pretoria, to exclusive, 5 star luxury accommodation.


Tourists and businessmen alike, are ensure of accommodation to Pretoria to suits all pockets and requirements


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