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About Pretoria

Pretoria, located in the northeastern part of the Republic of South Africa, is an important city that is also the administrative capital of the country. Especially the city center has a planned structure with specially planted trees.

Pretoria is under the influence of moist semi-tropical climate. Summers are long, hot and rainy. The average temperature is measured around 27-28 degrees Celsius in this period, which starts from October and continues to February. The winter months are short and cold, but dry. Especially the night temperature can decline to values below zero. September is considered to be the best time to visit the city thanks to the relatively low humidity and rainfall and the temperature which is around 20 degrees Celsius in this month.

Metro is the main means of public transportation in the city. On the other hand, various bus companies also provide public transportation services.

Pretoria is home to many parks and gardens. South African National Zoo, Pretoria National Botanic Park, Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Burgers Park, the oldest park in the city, are just a few of them. Wonderboom Nature Field and Fairy Glen are places where nature lovers and nature photographers must see. There are many museums in the city. Especially the Museum of the National Culture and History and Paul Kruger’s House must be seen. The 1000-year-old fig tree, which has become a symbol of the city, needs to be added to the list of places to be seen.

You can see the precious stones and especially the large Cullinan Diamond, extracted from the region famous for its diamonds. Though it is located about 40 kilometers from the city center, Tswaing Meteor Crater must be seen by the enthusiasts. It is estimated that the crater, which is about a hundred meters deep and one kilometer diameter, occurred about two hundred thousand years ago. Next to it is a meteor museum.

Menlyn Square and Hatfield Quarter are the most vibrant areas of nightlife. There are many restaurants and cafes in the city. Turkish citizens wanting to see Pretoria are exempted from visa requirements up to 30 days.

Transportation to Pretoria City Center from Airport

 

Wonderboom Airport

Passengers mostly prefer taxis for transportation to the city center from Wonderboom Airport, which is 15 kilometers north of Pretoria city of the Republic of South Africa. As an alternative to taxis that you can find almost 24 hours a day in front of the airport terminals, you can also take advantage of renting a car or private transfer services at the airport.

Taxi

Taxi is one of the fastest and most convenient means of transport to get to Pretoria city center that is 15 kilometers away from Wonderboom Airport. The fares for airport taxis are not that high to reach the city center since there is not much distance between the airport and the city center. If you don't have local currency with you, you can make your payment easily with euro or dollar as well. If you are going to travel only to somewhere in the city center, you don't need to negotiate with taxi drivers for that. However, if you need to go to the outer parts of the city center, you should first talk with the taxi drivers to get information about average taxi fares and then negotiate, if necessary, for a flat rate.

Rent a car

Car rental is not a frequently preferred option to reach the city center from Wonderboom Airport. Yet still, you can rent a car to get to the city center, or you can go on your journey traveling to different parts of the Republic of South Africa with the rental car. Renting a car in the Republic of South Africa is also one of the most comfortable and safe transportation options. By the way, if you would like to take advantage of car rental option, it is useful to make sure that you have your internationally valid driver's license and other documents you may need for the car rental procedures. You will not have any problems traveling by rental car, but you should pay attention to traffic rules and speed limits when driving the car you have rented in the city.

Private Transfer Services

For your journey to Pretoria city center or other places around Wonderboom Airport, you can also take advantage of comfortable and fast transfer services provided by private transfer companies. Private transfer services in the city are offered with pre-booking system and you need to have completed your reservation procedures at least a few days in advance to get a seat on a suitable transfer vehicle. Compared to taxi and car rental options, private transfer service could be said to be particularly advantageous for groups of several persons.  If you are going to travel alone or with another passenger, these services will be more costly than other means of transportation. You can search online the companies providing private transfer services for the passengers in and around the city and, if you want, you can book your seat online or by phone.

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