Best courier company – DHL

Need a package delivered in a hurry? We have just the team for the job. The delivery experts at DHL will make sure your package reaches its destination in time, no matter the distance and destination. They even do same-day deliveries and you can track your deliveries or orders online. It’s that easy. So the next time you’re in a pinch, you know who to call!

Best place for a family outing – National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

When was the last time you visited the Pretoria Zoo? Did you know the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status? Pretty cool, huh? The kids will love it, guaranteed. Plus you might even learn a few things about our country’s wildlife that you didn’t know before. It’s a win-win. Check out the 3 117 specimens: 209 mammal species, 1 358 specimens of 202 bird species or 309 specimens of 93 reptile  species – and don’t forget about the aquarium and reptile park.

Must-hire venue for private functions – Hudson House

The newly developed architectural masterpiece Hudson House consists of 12 airy rooms with ample space for private functions, special events, meetings and conferences. Thvenue boasts an old-worldly charm that seamlessly blends with a contemporary, more discreet style of luxury as reflected in the spacious and clean architecture. And yes, they offer guests five-star luxury, so it’s defi!

Best local radio station – Jacaranda FM

Radio shows these days go far beyond just entertainment – it’s a personal experience. Many of us want to feel at home when listening to our favourite radio station. When tuning into everybody’s favourite local station, Jacaranda FM, you’ll feel right at home. And with presenters like Martin Bester, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Barney Simon and Rian van Heerdenthere is a show for everyone. Congratulations on winning yet again, guys!

Best local radio show – Breakfast with Martin Bester

Just when you think the man could not do any more, his fans voted his radio show, Breakfast with Martin Bester, their favourite local radio show. The man has some talents! And we’re very glad that we have great company on our way to the office every morning. The show is jam-packed with all kinds of interesting topics, great conversation, guests and, of course, music. 

Best local radio personality – Martin Bester

He’s hot, happening and one of the most popular radio presenters in the country. He is Jacaranda FM’s Martin Bester, of course. Add to that a few hit songs from his band Kinky Robot and his solo album, and you truly have an entertainment force to be reckoned with. Congrats on being voted best local radio personality, Martin! We’re big fans.

Best weekend getaway (3-hour drive) – Pilanesberg

Sometimes you just have to pack a few bags, hit the road and get away from the city’s hustle and bustle, and relax. Speaking about relaxing, when last have you been to thPilanesberg? It really is nature at its best and the perfect place to unwind and spend some quality time with those you love. As an added bonus, it’s also not that long a drive – under three hours to be exact. So go on, check it out and make a booking. A getaway is just what you might need right now.

Pretoria’s best kept secret – Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Ever been to the National Botanical Garden? No? Then you’re missing out big time! Situated in the east of Pretoria and boasting some of South African’s most beautiful plant and birdlife, the gardens are the perfect setting for a weekend picnic for you and your little ones. The gardens play host to an array of events, so watch out for the next market, race or social gathering. It’s amazing! Don’t just take our word for it, go see for yourself …

Best place to take out-of-towners – Voortrekker Monument

If you had to single out one spot in Pretoria that visitors simply have to see when setting foot in our city, where will it be? We asked and you answered. Thhistoric Voortrekker Monument is known as one of the most prominent local landmarks as well as one of the very first buildings guests to the city see. It’s filled with history, beautiful to look at and majestic in stature. When last have you been there?

Best retirement village – Bougainvilla Retirement Village

Consisting of 536 retirement units – a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom houses – this is the place to be when you are thinking about retiring. It’s situated in Montana, an area of thcity which boasts milder winters and is very popular among retirees. The village has a modern  
24-hour frail-care facility, a medical consulting room, hair and beauty salon, library and shuttle service

Best property developer – M&T Development

Driving around the city, it’s easy to see why our beloved city is among the top cities in the country. Pretoria is definitely SA’s capital city for good reason. Everywhere you look, you can see streets, plots of land and buildings being expanded or revamped. M&T Development are at the forefront of making sure our city can compete with the best in the world, specialising in all spheres of the industry.

Best place to get back to nature – Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Being stuck in traffic all week can take its toll. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Strolling through the leafy walkways in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, it is easy to forget that you are still in the city. Get lost among the many trails, admire the waterfall and birdlife or just enjoy the tranquil surroundings with a picnic on the luscious lawns. We cannot think of a better way to connect with Mother Nature.

Best hotel – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn

Want to sit back, relax and enjoy? Then Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn is the place to be. Conveniently located just off the N1 at thGarsfontein off-ramp, this one-of-a-kind hotel offers guests a world of fantastic experiences inside and out. Relax and unwind in the lap of luxury or indulge in delicious eats and drinks at the chic restaurant. Hot summer days call for splashing around in the Olympic-length swimming pool or just lying in the sun. And while you’re there, why not make a note to visit Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Summit Place Lifestyle Precinct or Menlyn Maine Central Square. Go on and spoil yourself!

Best hospital – Life Groenkloof Hospital

In the heart of Pretoria East lies a hospital whose name and reputation precedes it. The Life Groenkloof Hospital, or Little Company of Mary as it was formerly known, is home to some of thcity’s and country’s best medical practitioners. It is also a firm favourite among Pretorians when it comes to choosing a local hospital. The 214-bed hospital is renowned for the treatment of sports injuries at its special orthopaedics centre.

Best home security – Fidelity ADT

Security is top priority in any home and when it comes to the best home security company in town, you won’t get better than the team at ADT. They offer 24-hour security, quick response times and ample patrol cars – all at affordable prices. Who can say no to that? So the next time you see an ADT response car, do wave. They are the city’s preferred home security team, after all.

Best theatre – Atterbury Theatre

Arts and culture play a big part in most Pretoria residents’ lives – be it stage productions, musical concerts or art exhibitions. ThAtterbury Theatre first opened its doors on 18 May 2011 and had sold-out shows for the first 24 performances of the musical Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux. More than 400 shows were showcased in the following two years. Today ththeatre is busy throughout the year and is a firm favourite among Pretorians

Best cinema complex – Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

We love ourselves some Netflix shows, but movies are so much better on the big screen. Add to that a few slushies and popcorns and you’re in for a treat. Movies are now shown in 2D, 3D, 4DX, Scene Xtreme and Scene VIP. Cool, hey? So get off your couch, book your seats and go see a movie. Who knows, it could even turn into a date. We’ll definitely see you there!

Best place to gamble – Time Square Casino

For many years we had to hit the road to Jozi, the Carousel Hotel and Casino or Sun City if we wanted to try our luck at the slots or tables. Now, we finally have our very own casino and we couldn’t be happier. If you haven’t been there yet, you are really missing out. Take a chance with Lady Luck, or just grab a bite to eat at one of the lavish restaurants and eateries situated throughout Time Square Casino. We promise you: you’ll definitely go back for more

Best travel agent – Flight Centre

When last did you go on holiday? Hmmm … it literally feels like ages ago. We’ll have to do something about that and call in the help of the experts. At Flight Centre you’ll get the best holiday deals at the best prices. So where should we go? Italy? France? Or what about Greece? And don’t take our word for itgive them a callPretorians didn’t vote them best travel agency without good reason.nitely worth a visit.

Best university – University of Pretoria

Education, education, education. It doesn’t get more important than getting the best education. And at the University of Pretoria, you’ll get just that and so much more. Studying at UP is an experience. As an added bonus, you’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the country’s future stars, entrepreneurs and leaders. So why settle for any other university when we have the best of the best right here on our doorstep?

Best gym – Virgin Active

For many, getting (and staying!) in shape is way more difficult than it sounds. But, thanks to Virgin Active, getting your body in shape gets easier by the day. And with clubs all over the city, there really is no excuse not to join. Choose between the Virgin Active Red, Virgin Active Health Clubs and Virgin Active Collection. So go on, get that body back into shape!

Best golf course – Silver Lakes Golf Estate

Pretoria men (and ladies) are crazy about golf. You just have to take a look at how many golf courses we have to understand. It’s good for exercise and, as many a businessperson will tell you, it’s also the best way to clinch a deal. That’s why we wondered if Pretorians have a preferred golf course, and it appears that they do. The Silver Lakes golf course in the Silver Lakes Golf Estate is the place to be.

Best local estate agent (letting) – Just Property Montana

Really need to find a place to stay, but just don’t have the energy to deal with all the hassle, shortlisting and financial responsibilities? The team at Just Property Montana makes finding and renting your dream home easy and painless. Finding a new place to stay has never been easier. So what are you waiting for? Stop stressing and start calling.

Best local estate agent (buying and selling) – Pam Golding Properties

Since their inception in 1976, Pam Golding Properties boasts a network of over 300 offices in sub-Saharan Africa as well as offices in the UK, Germany, Mauritius and the Seychelles. They even facilitate property sales and residency in Spain and Portugal as well as property sales in the USA. We bet you didn’t know that! They boast over 600 offices worldwide and are the top local estate agent for buying and selling as voted for by you! Well done.

Best race – SPAR Women’s Challenge Pretoria

We all know the importance of following a healthy diet and staying fit. However, very few of us actually do it. The Pretoria leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge annually brings thousands of women together to do just that. Stay (or get) active and spend time together, all for a great cause. Congratulations on winning as best race in the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards yet again, guys!