Marloot Guest House

118 Charles Jackson Street, Weavind Park, Pretoria, 0184, South Africa
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Travelling with young children to Pretoria

by melissamay

Hello! Can anyone help? We are planning a trip to visit friends in Pretoria in 2006. Yet a little concerned as to travelling with our children, 9,6 and 1 years old. Any advice on safety? Anyone else travelled Sth Africa with children?

Re: Travelling with young children to Pretoria

by CliffClaven

South Africa unfortunately has a bad reputation, but if you exercise sensible caution - and especially if you ask your friends, who will obviously be able to advise you - you should be okay. Be careful, but not paranoid.

We travelled in South Africa twice with children aged 2 and 5. The first time we visited Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the second time we drove the Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast. We encountered no problems at all. On other occasions we also travelled with young children around Zimbabwe - perhaps not advisable now! - and Namibia , again without any problem.

Re: Travelling with young children to Pretoria

by FunnyMunster


I live in Pretoria and have a small child, depending on where about in Pretoria you are going it is quite safe, just remeber the obvious things like making sure the kids are buckled up and that your doors are locked. There are loads of service stations with clean toilets in case the kids need to go:-)

I do hope you enjoy your trip!

Re: Travelling with young children to Pretoria

by ecoquester

Hi Melissa,
I am from Johannesburg, I came to Tapei 14 months ago, prior to leaving good old SA I toured the country with my eleven year old daughter and one of her school friends.
We had an excellent vacation with no incidents whatsoever.
South Africa like any other country has it's share of rogues and thieves, you have more chance of getting beaten up for nothing in London than you have of getting into trouble in South Africa.
Where exactly are you travelling from?

Re: Re: Travelling with young children to Pretoria

by cleocat

I live in Johannesburg with 2 children. I brought them up here. Pretoria is safer than Johannesburg and depending on the area you should not have a problem. Be careful. Don't let them walk alone, don't leave them alone at game rooms. I do allow my older child (13) to go to the mall by himself with a friend but I make sure they have a cellphone and drop them off and pick them up again. It is really not as bad as it sometimes sound.

Thank you

by melissamay

I appreciate your answer. Thank you. I feel much more confident about my trip now! Looking forward to it.

Thank you

by melissamay

Thanks for your advice. We are travelling from Sydney, Australia. So, of course, you only hear the "bad" stories about places, when they could be the most wonderful adventure you have ever had! Thanks

Travel Tips for Pretoria

Pretoria 'fan fest' venue for World Cup

by CatherineReichardt

For those who don't have tickets to some or all of the games, today's Sunday Times also provides the following update on 'fan fests' (free viewing zones) around the company. Note that in addition to these 'official fan fests', there will also be other fan zones such as the MTN fan zone at Montecasino in Johannesburg, for which entrance will be charged (and where facilities such as parking and food/drink outlets will be more formalised)
Follow this link:

"More than 260000 soccer enthusiasts who cannot attend World Cup games need not worry - they will be accommodated at 10 official "fan fests" around the country. Entrance to these facilities will be free, and fans are encouraged to come early to enjoy the entertainment.
The venues, which will operate on match days, are:
Pretoria's venue,Centurion Cricket Ground, can accommodate 30000 fans. It will be open from 10am. Parking will be available in the vicinity of the stadium.

One of the best

by PierreZA about Zest Bistro

Probably one of the best restaurants in Pretoria. Although the menu is small, it changes often. Interesting food, international-fusion - Bistro-style.
Not many tables, so booking is advised.
Do try this excellent restaurant. Burnt lemon tart

Melrose House

by nxlink

This historic house built in 1886, was modeled after Melrose Abbey in Scotland. Its greatest claim to fame comes from it use as the British headquarters during the Anglo-Boer War of the early 1900's. In fact, on May 31, 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging which ended that war, was signed by the warring parties in the dining room. Today it serves as a insight to a long ago time, for its interior is meticulously preserved to look as it did in ealy 1900's. The stained glass, the rich carpets, the ornate ceilings and fireplaces, the beautiful woodwork, the art and porcelain objects create the feel of an era long gone.


by Izak

Lots to do, also good for just a day trip:
Cableway up the mountain, see paragliders/hanggliders flying from the mountain, the zoo, lots of restaurants, drive around the dam sigtseeing, markets along the road selling anything.....

Rietvlei Nature Reserve: Angling Area

by PierreZA

The Rietvlei angling area is next to the nautre reserve. It has a separate entrance. Besides the angling, there is also a yacht club.
You can get a permit for overnight camping. There is toilet facilities.
It is very family friendly, and very popular during weekends.
All angling equipment can be hired at the area.
(for directions, see tip on Rietvlei Nature Reserve)


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