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Voortrekker Monument

Voortrekker Monument (Eeufees Road, Pretoria) — 37 minute drive north of Johannesburg (via R21) is Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. This huge granite monument is located on one of the city’s hilltops, and was built in commemoration of the Afrikaaner “voortrekkers” who migrated from Cape Province into this region (long known as the Transvaal) between 1835 […]

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Breakwater Blvd., Cape Town) – this is South Africa’s most visited destination by tourists. A variety of shopping and entertainment options exists, along with hotels, a hospital, and a marina. Since the waterfront is located between Table Mountain and Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Gateway is based here (offering boat trips […]

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Union Buildings

Union Buildings (Government Avenue, Pretoria) – the city of Pretoria (the capital of South Africa) is a 37 minute drive north of Johannesburg (via R21). Like an ancient temple adorning over the city it governs, Pretoria’s Union Buildings are a modern day acropolis. Built at the highest point of the city, it forms the official […]

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South African National Museum of Military History

South African National Museum of Military History (22 Erlswold Way, Randburg) – located in the northern part of Johannesburg, this museum, which initially highlighted South Africa’s involvement in World War II, was expanded to cover subsequent conflicts that involved the country’s armed forces (known as the SADF – South African Defence Forces). Such conflicts include […]

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Robben Island

Robben Island (Cape Town) – located off the coast of Cape Town, this was the once-notorious prison where anti-Apartheid activities (including Nelson Mandela) were kept, until 1990, when Mandela and other ANC activists were freed (which led to the country’s transition to democracy). This site has been declared a South African National Monument in 1996 […]

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National Gallery

National Gallery (Government Avenue, Cape Town) — South Africa’s premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. […]

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Mandela Family Museum

Mandela Family Museum (8115 Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg) — this museum strives to be a world-class visitor attraction, and a leading centre for the preservation, presentation, and research of the history, heritage and legacy of the Mandela Family. The mission of Mandela House is to provide an effective, efficient and meaningful experience to all visitors, […]

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Langa Memorial

Langa Memorial (Maduna Road, Uitenhage) — Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape (a 7-hour drive from Cape Town, via N2 highway), holds a special place in the history of resistance to apartheid, as it was here that 20 people were shot dead by police on 21 March 1985, the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of […]

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Iziko South African Museum

Iziko South African Museum (25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town) – founded in 1825 (and moved to its current location in 1897), this museum houses over 1.5 million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700 million years old to recently-caught insects and fish. There are also stone tools made by […]

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Iziko Slave Lodge

Iziko Slave Lodge (49 Adderly Street, corner of Wale Street, Cape Town) — this Cape Town museum was originally built in 1679 as the slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company. Today, has become a permanent museum of slavery. The Iziko Slave Lodge documents the Cape’s role in the Indian Ocean slave trade route, […]