Pretoria Backpackers and Travellers Lodge

425 Farenden Street, Clydesdale, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa
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Winter in SA


Hi, I have recently moved to live in Pretoria RSA. I have never lived in winter and it will be my first time with my wife and 6 months old boy. How should i prepare for the winter. Am apprehensive.

RE: Winter in SA

by Gillybob

When I used to live in Jo'burg, I found the winters "fresh" as we like to say here in the UK. Lovely sunny days but cold overnight which left you feeling cold during the days. Whilst temperatures do get up to mid-teens (C), it doesn't seem to feel that way. I think its more to do with the fact that South Africa is geared to deal with heat (air conditioning) rather than cold. I lived in Jo'burg for over 5 years.

RE: Winter in SA

by Gerald_D

You can just go day by day. If you need warmer clothes or bedding, you can pop down to the shop and buy it.

Pretoria is NOT like the north of Europe or America where you have to chop wood, or fit special tyres to your car, or bring some plants inside to the cellar.

You do not need to make any advance preparations.

RE: Winter in SA

by rjwinter

Hello there.
Winter in Pretoria is very mild compared to europe/usa etc. Minimum temperatures in early morning seldom drop below 5 degrees celcius. Highs average 17 - 20 degrees celcius. The Nothern suburbs experience even higher temperatures and have a sub-tropical climate. Pretoria has one of the best climates in the world as far as I am concerned. Expect some wind in August-September, but otherwise lovely sunny winter days are frequent. Enjoy! (PS, I have lived in Pretoria for about 35 years).

RE: RE: Winter in SA

by Gerald_D

If Cape Town had Pretoria's weather then the Great Trek would never have happened! Totally agree with you - Pretoria (northern suburbs) has the best weather in the country. (The north of Pretoria is a good bit lower than the south)

RE: Winter in SA

by eamo

I was living in Jo'burg last winter. Weather much better than wet n windy Cape Town. It was generally dry most of the time with warm days but prety cold when the sun went down. What kind if heating do you have? It can get pretty chilly indoors because most places don't have central heating.

Travel Tips for Pretoria

Travel to Soweto and see the...

by cpierson

Travel to Soweto and see the Regina Mundi Church where the damage that occurred when Police threw tear gas and fired into the crowded meeting of people against apartheid is still evident. View the photos of what happened when school children marched in protest. Visit the Johannesburg Musum and see the display of the sedition trial and read about what happened to all the defendants after they were discharged. Avenues of Jacaranda trees and the warm hospitality of our hostesses. Carved giraffes, groups of people and elephants and other crafts on stalls along the roadside.

Coin World - Coin World is the...

by local7460

Coin World - Coin World is the retail outlet and museum at the SA Mint - see
for more info (half an hour by car) - ladies if gold jewellery is your thing, this is the place to go!!

Church Square

by Deefstes

In the middle of Pretoria is Church Square. This is the oldest part of Pretoria with rather unique (and beautiful) buildings and the statue of Paul Kruger on the square.

Unfortunately this part of Pretoria is a bit run down nowadays but it's still rather nice to visit. Next to the square there's a coffee shop / bar named Cafe Riche wich is a well worth a visit.

Union Buildings - The seat of the SA goverment

by tpk2

Union Buildings, situated on Meintjies Kop close to the center of Pretoria, is the official seat of the South African government. It also houses the offices of the President. These 275 m long buildings were built 1910-1913 and are considered as one of the architectural masterpieces of SA.

Beautiful terraced gardens surround the building. Within the grounds are the 9 thousand seat amphitheatre and several monuments, most notably the statue of General Botha, the first prime minister of the Union of South Arfica.

The Union Buildings, offices...

by kenHuocj

The Union Buildings, offices of the State President and Minister of Foreign Affairs
After the Boer wars, South Africa in 1910 united under British hegemony to become the Union of South Africa. ( Mahlamba-Ndlopfu is further east, but hidden behind security gates and guards.)

===Cecil John Rhodes appointed Sir Herbert Baker (1868-1942)&L* , the English architect to design the Union buildings - administrative offices for the new government. The styles used for the light coloured sandstone building, 275 meteres wide, is a fusion style of Cape Dutch, English Art and Crafts, and the Baroque styles of Wren and Hawksmoot.

===The buidling is sited on a steep hillside above Pretoria, a great garden tumbling down in terraces to the cities residential suburbs.

===This elegant building comprises two stone faced blocks, capped with Wren like domed towers, punctuated by courtyards, linked together by a Baroque arcade.

===Some commentators have found the central arcade a weakness in the design, yet Baker's elegant reticence speaks of a quietly confident system of government.

===South Africa House in Trafalgar Square is also designed by Herbert Baker

[some the above quote is from Johnathan Glancy's 20th Century Architecture


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