Monuments in South Africa

When you think of a safari to South Africa, expect to see more than just its remarkable wildlife. Exploring its unique history is that one amazing experience you need not to miss especially in most of its historical monuments which are widely distributed throughout the country. They include among others;

The big hole

Since 1860, Kimberley featured on the mining map due to its abundant diamonds and as a result, massive excavations began in 1871. This area was best described as the Big Hole and its nearby buildings feature the ruins of diamond rush. Today, this site has become one of the most significant historical sites for one to explore while on safari in South Africa.

The Castle of Good Hope

This is one of the most ancient buildings in South Africa and it was finished in 1666. It featured as a hub of political and military activity in South Africa. Currently, this historical site features among the exceptional examples of the world’s 17th century Dutch East Indian Company architecture.

Nelson Mandela capture site

This site is where Nelson Mandela was arrested on fifth August 1962 in KwaZulu Natal after which, the Rivonia Treason Trial followed. Mandela was sentenced to 27 years in prison till when he was released on 11th February 1990.

The Cradle of Humankind

This is one of South Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and refuges Sterkfontein Caves and backbone of mankind. This popular excavation site is where about 3.5 million year old hominid fossil and was founded in 1947.

Robben Island

If you are planning to visit Cape Town, the Robben Island is that one unique area you should explore. It is from this that the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island for about 18 of his 27 years. The original jail structure even still exists and 3 tours are done each day.

The Afrikaans language monument

Also popular as the Afrikaanse Taal Monument, this monument was opened on 10th October 1975 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Afrikaans as it was declared as an official language of South Africa besides Dutch.

Isandlwana Battlefield

On 22nd, January, 1879, the Battle of Isandlwana occurred at this point and it was from here that over 20000 Zulu warriors under King Cetshwayo’s command managed to ambush and defeated the British Camp.

Huguenot memorial monument

Between the 17th and 18th centuries, the Huguenots immigrated to South Africa and they impacted a lot on the traditional Afrikaans culture. This site was opened in 1948 and it was dedicated to this influence and history of the Afrikaner nation.

The Union buildings

In Pretoria, one never leaves without visiting the Union Buildings. These buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and it is an official seat of South African government and features the president’s office. Interestingly, it is surrounded by gardens, rolling lawns and amazing views over the city.

Voortrekker monument

This historical site is located in Pretoria nature reserve. It was inaugurated in 1949 and honors the pioneer history of South Africa and that of Afrikaners and features as the longest historical marble frieze in the world.

Other incredible monument include the collier monument, chirundu fossil forest, dag Hammarskjold memorial and many more.

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