Hello, and a very warm welcome to Pretoria, South Africa's Jacaranda City! Time your arrival to coincide with the blossoming Jacaranda trees in mid-October for a truly enchanting welcome to the city. Your first few weeks in this handsome place will likely throw up many questions, such as "which is the safest suburb to live in?" or "does it really reach over 40°C in the summer?". The InterNations expat community here in Pretoria is a large and dynamic network of people who understand your questions and are keen to share their tried and tested solutions with you.
With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Buenos Aires or Kuala Lumpur.
Attend our monthly events and activities for Pretoria expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Pretoria expat forums.
Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa where you'll find the official government buildings, the Union Buildings, and more than 40 international embassies. This diplomatic community makes up much of the expat community in Pretoria, though there are also expats working in education or the business world. The city is certainly easy on the eye; the architecture is grand and gracious with influences from the Dutch, German and British colonizers mixing with a more modern, uniquely South African style. Travel away from the CBD and the top-rated universities and you'll discover wide, leafy suburbs and several national parks. The lifestyle in Pretoria is laid back and many evenings and weekends will be spent enjoying a braai (BBQ) on your back patio or visiting a friend's swimming pool.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Mumbai or New Delhi, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
The members of our community are from all over the world — America, Portugal, the Netherlands and more — and all follow our community guidelines of trust and respect. This means no worries for you as you join a local activity group or the larger get-togethers organized by InterNations. Whether you're into outdoor sports, home cooking or would rather just meet up with other women, there's a group to suit your needs and help you find friends for life. All your burning questions can be posted in the Pretoria Forums, where members can recommend their favorite restaurants or the best doctor in town, all ensuring you have a truly memorable time in South Africa.