[Updated: August 2022]
“Travel is a journey within yourself” – Danny Kaye
Dubbed “The Rainbow Nation” by former president, Nelson Mandela, South Africa is a true melting pot of diversity.
Fortunately, a lot of evidence for this difference can be found today.
This Heritage Day, we encourage you to choose the best historical sights in South Africa and learn more about your heritage.
Here are our top picks:
1. Robben Island, Cape Town
Perhaps the symbol of South Africa, Robben Island where former president and freedom fighter Nelson Roihlahla Mandela, or Tata Madiba to the locals, was imprisoned for 27 years after trying to overthrow the apartheid government at the time. Board a boat from the V&A Waterfront and take a guided tour of the island prison turned museum. See where Tata Madiba slept, where he studied, and where he worked in the famous stone tannery. Guided tours are offered daily at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM, and the tours come at a price of R400 for adults and R210 for children under 18 years of age. spend time with Tata Madiba to mingle with tourists.
2. The Devil’s Peak
Nothing says legacy like a healthy version of history. Legend has it that in the 1700s, the famous piper Jan Van Hunks sat at the foot of Devil’s Book in Cape Town. One night, after his wife kicks him out of the house for smoking a pipe, Van Hunks meets a mysterious stranger smoking a pipe. Both were proud of their smoking skills and challenged each other to a smoking competition. They climbed to the top of Devil’s Peak where a 3-day competition was held with Van Hunks crowned the pipe smoking champion. As they descended the mountain slopes, Van Hunks found himself surrounded by a cloud of smoke. The stranger revealed himself to be The Devil and they parted ways peacefully. The cloud of smoke they created can be seen on the mountain today and is better known as the mountain range. For the brave of heart who want to take a closer look, Devil’s Peak is a favorite among fans.
3. The Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Back to the root of the race head to Johannesburg. One of the 9 South African World Heritage Sites, The Grandfather of Man It is home to caves that preserve fossils that record human development more than 4 million years ago. 40% of known ancestral fossils can be found here – talk about going back to your roots. Take a guided tour of the fascinating site and discover the never-before-seen humanoid “Homo Naledi” species. For those interested in Anthropology, the famous Australopithecus africanus skull, Mrs Ples, can be found here. Mrs Ples is the most complete Australopithecus africanus fossil in the world. The Cradle of Humankind also offers photographic exhibits and research on human ancestry. Visit Maropeng, Sterkfontein Caves and the Wondercave. Entry is available at webtickets.com at just R100 for everyone over 6 years old and entry is free for children under 6 years old.
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4. Khoisan Rock Art, Cederberg
Make a break for going to beauty Cederberg see some indigenous rock art. South Africa is considered to be the largest collection of rock art in the world and just 2 hours outside of Cape Town, the Cederberg Mountain Caves offer travelers more than 2500 rock art sites. Khoisan stones feast their eyes. Put on your training gear and choose from the 4km Sevilla Rock Art Trail or various day hikes in the Stadsaal, Truitjieskraal, Southern Arch and Varkkloof The rock art sites are part of the Cedarberg conservancy. The Khoisan are the indigenous people of South Africa and in the Cederberg, it is possible to see paintings up to 8000 years old in different ways.
5. The Big Hole, Kimberley
In the late 1860s, bright-eyed toddlers spotted glowing rocks on the banks of the Orange River. The small town of “New Rush”, or as it is now called Kimberley, was soon filled with men looking for a ticket to the big time as part of a large part of the proverbial “a girl’s best friend.” The discovery of diamonds led to massive excavations by more than 50,000 miners armed with picks and shovels and digging. “The Big Hole” and there are more than 13,600,000 carats of diamonds. The pit is 463 meters wide and 240 meters deep and has collected 40 meters of water in the result of the algae that take the color of the jewels. Enjoy a direct view into the trench from the steel platform above before heading to the exhibition center for everything from diamond production, the history of Kimberley and diamonds and with the problems experienced by those who sought their share. their wealth in the 1800s. Break your stay with lunch in Old Town, an amazing collection of preserved buildings and artifacts, including a church built in Europe and sent to Kimberly , a former De Beers train car and an old pub.
6. The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Completed in 1666, the castle is one of the oldest in the country. It formed the strategic center of political and military affairs and was the home of Zacharias Wagenaer, the successor of Jan Van Riebeek. Wagenaer was commissioned to build a stone wall amid rumors of war between Britain and the Netherlands in the 17th century.Th century, and thus began to create a pentagonal fortress. The castle was later used as a prison where Fritz Joubert Duquesne, a South American spy for Germany, was imprisoned. Fritz led a sabotage mission to rebel against British colonialists and was nicknamed the “Black Panther” because he escaped from various prisons before going to America where he became he became familiar. Trained You will go without knowing some of the best features of 17Th century Dutch East Indian architecture in the world?
7. Isandlwana Battlefield, KwaZulu-Natal
of the Isandlwana battlefield It is an isolated hill in Kwazulu Natal, 3 hours outside of Durban. The Zulu King Cetshwayo led 20,000 Zulu soldiers, including the assegai on 22 January 1879 and took the fields of Isandlwana where they defeated the British camp and defeated the first British invasion of Zululand. Although it did not end the British invasion, the Battle of Isandlwana was one of the worst losses suffered by the British and marked the greatest victory in the history of the Zulu nation. The battlefield is preserved with white stone mounds where British soldiers are buried on the mounds, and other monuments at the base. The site is open daily for public viewing from 9 am to 4 pm, except on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
8. Nelson Mandela Camp, Kwazulu Natal
Before you leave beautiful KZN, please hit the road Nelson Mandela Capture Site where Tata Madiba was arrested for his anti-apartheid activities in 1952, then tried during the famous Rivonia trial in 1963. Tata Madiba went into hiding and was on the streets R103 between Durban and Johannesburg when he was arrested after escaping. arrested for 17 months. His detention marked one of the most significant moments in South African history, with his final trial in Rivonia heralded as the trial that changed the country. His speech during the trial found that the Apartheid laws were draconian and had profoundly changed the political and social landscape of South Africa, leading to the rise of the freedom of the colored people. The site has been transformed into a landmark and memorial that allows tourists to reflect on how far South Africa has come since the dark days of Apartheid.
9. Afrikaans blog, Paarl
Located in the rolling hills of Paarl in the Western Cape, African language blog It was built in October 1975 to celebrate Afrikaans being declared an official language, separate from Dutch, and more importantly, a South African language. The monument honors the African identity and has different convex and concave shapes that represent the European heritage of the language, African influences on the language, the bridge between Europe and Africa, and the language and Malay culture. The monument offers panoramic views of Paarl and makes a great heritage experience when combined with wine tasting or farm-style dining.
10. Table Mountain, Cape Town
Table Mountain more than 260 million years old and has been attracting sailors and tourists alike to Cape Town since ancient times. Millennium before the existence of South Africa, it was called Khoisan, who lived and followed its slopes. “Hoerikwagga” which means “Mountain in the sea”. The Khoi worship the mountain as sacred and believe that their God, Tsui/Goab, roams there. Better known as the mother of Cape Town, Table Mountain offers idyllic views of the city and a class-leading experience. Board the cable car for a scenic ride to the top of the mountain and explore the sights of the Mountain Mountain National Park, or one of the hiking trails to see the animals and plants before settling down for lunch during the day. Tours are subject to weather conditions, and prices may vary depending on whether you choose to visit during the day or evening.
South Africa is home to some of the world’s oldest fossils, and therefore, some of the world’s oldest people. When you consider the political, cultural and religious history of South Africa, it is not surprising that there are many interesting sights to be found in this beautiful peninsula.
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