Pretoria is one of South Africa’s capital cities, as well as one of the most stunning and historically rich cities in the country. From the Apies River to the Magaliesberg mountain range, and everything in between, Pretoria’s beauty is often underrated.
If you are wanting to go on some adventures in Pretoria sometime soon, Airlink has some great flight deals. Here’s a list of fun and romantic activities for couples in Pretoria.
What to Do in Pretoria as a Couple
If you are planning on indulging in a romantic getaway in the historical town, here are some things to do in Pretoria for couples.
Daytime Date Ideas in Pretoria
Pretoria has so much beauty and history to offer that can be explored during the day. Here are a few daytime date ideas for couples visiting Pretoria.
If you enjoy being adventurous and active, but the weather isn’t permitting, then the Climbing Barn is the perfect daytime date idea!
Not only is it a fun activity to do together, but it is also a low-impact, full-body workout to help strengthen your core and keep you strong and fit.
Known to be Pretoria’s #1 indoor rock climbing gym, and boasting over 450 square metres of climbing walls, you’ll be climbing as a couple for hours.
Cycling Through Pretoria
Capital Collective is a privately funded initiative that aims to rejuvenate the city and bring life back into the CBD of Pretoria, and one of their exciting efforts includes cycling.
Not only can you cycle down the longest urban street in South Africa, but you can also take in the lovely lavender-coloured Jacaranda trees. And maybe even stop for a quick picnic at the Union Buildings.
The Park Acoustics is a monthly music festival held at the Voortrekker Monument, Fort Schanskop in Pretoria. Featuring some of the best local musicians, as well as bars, braai facilities, hiking trails and picnic spots, a day spent here will not be a day wasted.
Did we mention that you can also take in a 360-degree view of Pretoria?
Note: Although the current times are uncertain with the pandemic, Park Acoustics are still hosting online live streams of their events so you can watch over an indoor picnic.
Things to Do in Pretoria at Night
If you’re spending a few days in the city and are looking for stuff to do after the sun sets, here are some fun things to do in Pretoria at night.
If you are planning on staying overnight, be sure to book a hotel to go home to after a night of fun and romance.
The Botanical Gardens are some of the most stunning and serene outdoor spaces you can visit in South Africa. It’s a given that this would be the perfect spot to explore during the day, but not many people know how beautiful it can be at night.
Note: The Botanical Gardens do close around 18:00 so be sure to spend the late afternoon watching the sunset.
Not only is there a beautiful Botanical Gardens in Pretoria, but there are nine other Botanical Gardens in South Africa. These are located in Kirstenbosch, the Free State, Harold Porter, Pietermaritzburg, Lowveld, Karoo Desert, Hantam, Walter Sisulu and Kwelera.
Although there are plenty of romantic spots to dine out at when visiting Pretoria, Mustang Sally’s is an absolute must. Located in the gorgeous town of Hatfield in Pretoria, this all American style diner will take you back to the 1950s.
With big delicious burgers, crazy cocktail concoctions and some absolutely mind-blowing milkshakes, Mustang Sally’s in Pretoria is truly an experience not to be missed out on.
Outdoor Activities in Pretoria
If you would prefer to spend some time outside, soaking up the sun, here are some fun outdoor activities in Pretoria.
Located in the Pretoria North Park is the Acrobranch circuit consisting of eight exciting obstacle courses for you to tackle as a couple. From Tarzan swings to 300-metre-long ziplines, this is one adventure sure to give you a memorable and adrenaline-filled date.
Create memories, explore the tree-tops and conquer your fears together at Acrobranch in Pretoria.
Rietvlei Game Reserve
On the outskirts of Centurion lies the Rietvlei Game Reserve. Home to some of the country’s protected rhinos, among many other wonderful wildlife, this game reserve is a must-see.
Whether you are in the mood for hiking, game viewing, night drives, self-drives or even birdwatching, there is so much to explore at the Rietvlei Game Reserve. You can also have a quick stop at the coffee shop or enjoy a peaceful picnic at the Marais Dam.
The Sheds Market
Yet another initiative organized by Capital Collective, Market @ The Sheds is a vibey market full of crowds, food, and music to jam along to.
Said to be Pretoria’s hippest inner city market, The Sheds is an African urban experience which hosts many local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and musicians. Experience the culture with more than sixty stands, seven live bands and performers, pop-up art exhibitions as well as loads of delicious drinks and snacks to choose from.
You can visit this market, located on Helen Joseph Street in Arcadia, on the last Saturday of every month from 11:00 to 20:00.
Final Thoughts on Fun Things to Do in Pretoria
Now that we’ve clued you up on some of the best things to do in Pretoria, and some of the most romantic spots to make memories as a couple, you now know what to do in Pretoria this weekend. All you have to decide is where to start!
And if you are flying up to visit Pretoria for the weekend, you can also hire a car to get you around quicker and help you explore this beautiful city some more!