South Africans are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing destinations to visit but there’s one aspect that locals often shy away from exploring – our historical sites.
More than just destinations for school outings, our historical sites never fail to attract multitudes of international tourists all year around. Because some of them are a bit out of the way, we’ve planned a road trip for anybody driving from Gauteng to Durban. Break up the drive by stopping at these sites and learning more about our nation’s story.
The Voortrekker Monument
Being a National Heritage Site, the Voortrekker Monument is the must-see historical site of Pretoria. The monument is to celebrate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. The structure is quite a site to see standing at 40 meters high and made of solid granite. Other than the impressive architecture, the site also boasts a 20 000-seater amphitheatre that host concerts by world-famous bands.
The Apartheid Museum
Driving down to Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum is the world’s leading museum on 20th century South African history. The creative and interactive exhibitions offer you the ultimate educational experience into the last 100 years of our South African story and is a must see for everyone who calls South Africa home.
When you think of Kwazulu Natal, your mind jumps between the golden beaches of Durban or the Drakensberg and its stunning mountains. An aspect of Kwazulu Natal history that is often overlooked by locals is the rich history of the Kwazulu Natal battlefields area.
Some of the most famous battles of all time were fought here including the battle of Blood River, the battle of Rorke’s Drift and the battle for Spionkop. Each has its own museums or educational information that you can use to learn more about the history of KZN and its people.
Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Another historical attraction in Kwazulu Natal is the Nelson Mandela Capture Site found in the Natal midlands. The site is amazingly equipped for the ultimate educational experience. It is well known for the sculpture that reveals Nelson Mandela’s face when viewed from the correct angle. There is also an educational centre, conference venue and facilities to keep your kids busy while you take in the history of the area.
Whatever your travel interests are, an educational road trip every now and then will help you appreciate the rights and beauty that all South Africans may take for granted today.
By the time you get to Durban, enjoy a walk to the beach and a stay at any of our great hotels while you digest all that you’ve learnt!