Pretoria, one of the major cities of South Africa, is a popular tourist destination for spending memorable holidays. The city is developing at a fast pace serving millions of visitors all over the world. Being close to Johannesburg, Kempton Park and Sandton, the Afrikaner's history is deeply related to their past. In mid-October, one must visit Pretoria when the purple jacaranda trees on almost all streets make it more beautiful.
Pretoria is a safe city, but you must take extra precautions like any other large city. Avoid walking alone at late night near parks, lonely streets and other unfriendly places. Do not flaunt your valuables such as a camera, wallet and jewellery. Always lock doors while driving on the road. Before you park a car, keep your valuables under the seats. It is better if you park your vehicle at a security-patrolled parking area. During the money transactions, avoid taking help from a stranger. If your credit or debit card gets misplaced (or stolen), immediately block it.
In Pretoria, the restaurants don't add up service charges in the total bill amount. If you wish, you can leave a 10% (or more) tip for good service. At some petrol stations, a petrol attendant may wash the windscreen of your car whilst you're filling up. They expect a tip depending on the service. A parking attendant will help you park a car at some parking areas and expect a tip depending upon the service.
According to the government rules, smoking is prohibited at public places such as airports and railway stations. However, there is a smoker zone/room.
VAT (Value-added-tax) is levied on the purchase of almost all items. However, a tourist can ask for a refund of 14% VAT if the amount of purchased items exceeds R250.00 (the values are subject to change in future). VAT is refunded at the time of departure if you produce the receipts of purchased items upon demand.
There are 11 official languages of South Africa. The majority of Africans speak and understand the English language even though it is not their first language. If you are planning to visit Pretoria, get familiar with the local language.
Major shops, restaurants and cinemas stay closed on public holidays. However, they remain open on Christmas day and New Year Eve. If any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day (or Monday) is considered a holiday.
Most of the hotels, restaurants and hotels provide helpful contact details.
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