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World Cup 2010 South Africa - Pretoria Tourist Information

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. It shares capital city status with Cape Town and Bloemfontein - the legislative and judicial capitals respectively. Pretoria, also called Tshwane, is just 50 kilometres north of Johannesburg. Pretoria is also dubbed 'The Jacaranda city' after the trees that blossom blue and pink along it's streets. During the flowering season, Pretoria is a rash of pink and blue hues.

Pretoria is located in the province of Gauteng - The Sotho word for 'Place of Gold'. The largest diamond ever discovered was found close to Pretoria. The Cullinan diamond, named after the owner of the mine Sir Thomas Cullinan, weighed more than 6 kgs. Gems cut from that original diamond now form part of the Crown Jewels and the Imperial Crown.

Visitors to Pretoria can enjoy various tourist attractions in the city. The Pretoria National Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world with over 4000 species on show. The Wonderboom Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Pretoria has a children's park, man-made waterfalls and hiking trails in pretty surroundings. A view over Pretoria can be seen at the top of the Voortrekker Monument - a massive granite edifice, 40 metres high.

Pretoria is conveniently located for Johannesburg International Airport. Considered safer than it's larger neighbour, Pretoria could be a more suitable base for World Cup tourists. Accommodation in Pretoria is available at prices to suit all budgets and tastes

2010 World Cup South Africa - Pretoria World Cup Fixtures

To be confirmed

2010 World Cup South Africa - Pretoria World Cup Stadium Information

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria is one of the World Cup Stadiums already built. With a capacity of 50,000, the stadium will not require a major overhaul before the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

Pretoria and Gauteng Tourist Information and Attractions