South African Capitals: Here’s What You Need To Know

Just like the famous lyrics in the musical world goes; “no one man should have all that power”, South African Capitals are shared between three cities.

Unlike most countries in the world, South Africa has not one but three capitals. Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein are the official capitals of South Africa.

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Tracing back to South Africa’s history and power struggle, it was only wise to spread out its government into various cities. This was done mostly to avoid giving one city too much power.


South African Capitals

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and it is in the northern part of Gauteng Province. Pretoria is geographically in the central part of Tshwane and a name change of the city “Pretoria” to “Tshwane” has since caused major controversies.

Pretoria officially came into existence in 1855 after Marthinus Pretorius named the city after his father “Andries Pretorius”. Pretoria became the administrative capital of South Africa in the year 1910.

The weather in Pretoria is usually hot and humid during summers, while its winters are mild and cool. The rains are also expected in summer, while winter sees to a much drier weather.

Attractions And Places To Visit In Pretoria

Below are a list of attractions and places to visit in Pretoria:

  • Cradle Of Humankind
  • Safari Freedom Park
  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
  • Kruger House
  • Lion Park
  • Mapungubwe Collection
  • Melrose House
  • National Zoological Gardens Of South Africa
  • Pretoria Forts
  • Pretoria National Botanical Garden
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
  • Transvaal Museum
  • Union Building
  • Van Wouw Museum
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve.

Pretoria Airport

The Wonderboom Airport is a domestic Airport which runs flights to Durban via Airlink.

Cape Town

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Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa. It’s a coastal city on the shore of Table Bay and was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for their ships.

The city is famous for its award as one of the best cities in the world. Cape Town is a city that glows with beauty, its splendid beaches and preservation of South Africa’s old architecture makes this city speak volumes.

Cape Town is a city famous for having and producing some of the world’s best wines. The city is vibrant and colorful with one of the best mountain views of sunrise and sunset.

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Attractions And Places To Visit In Cape Town

Cape Town is a city with a long list of attractions and places to visit, here are some of the places and attractions to visit when in Cape Town:

  • Artscape Theatre Centre
  • Babylonstoren Valley
  • Baxter Theatre Centre
  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • Cape Town Stadium
  • District Six
  • District Six Museum
  • Duiker Island
  • Grand Parade
  • Groot Constantia
  • Heart Of Cape Town Museum
  • Iziko South African Museum
  • Koopmans-de Wet House
  • Labia Theatre
  • Lion’s Head
  • Noordhoek
  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain
  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
  • World Of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

Cape Town Airports

Cape Town has an international airport and an airstrip. The Cape Town International Airport operates both domestic and international flights, while the Robben Island Airstrip is mainly used by the Naval Force.


South African Capitals

Bloemfontein came into existence in 1846 and became the judicial capital of South Africa in 1910. The name ‘Bloemfontein’ in Dutch means fountain of flowers in English.

Just like most cities in South Africa, Bloemfontein experiences a hot, humid summer and cool drier winters, often with frost. Though there were some cases of snowfall in July 2007 and August 2006, snow in this area is usually a rare phenomenon.

Attractions And Places To Visit In Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is a city not explored by many, but there are some interesting places and attractions here in Bloemfontein, here are some to check out:

  • Anglo Boer War Museum
  • Bagamoya Wildlife Estate
  • Bloemfontein Zoo
  • Cheetah Experience Conservation Centre
  • Franklin Game Reserve
  • Free State National Botanical Gardens
  • Gallery On Leviseur
  • Gwen Bali Water World
  • Liesel Wessels Art Gallery
  • Masselspoort Water Park
  • National Museum, National Women’s Memorial
  • Naval Hill
  • Oliewenhuis Art Museum
  • Orchid House
  • Queen’s Fort Military Museum
  • Willem Pretorius Game Reserve
  • Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm.

Bloemfontein Airport

The Bram Ficher is Bloemfontein’s domestic airport which operates flights from Bloemfontein to Durban, Johannesburg, and George. The airlines operating in Bloemfontein include Airlink, CemAir, FlySafair, Kulula, Mango and South African Express.

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