South Africa’s rich cultural and heritage landscape are what makes the destination so dynamic. In between all of the other activities on offer, there are some fantastic cultural attractions that will leave you with a better understanding of our country’s history, as well as introduce you to the people that have formed our culture in modern years.
The first day includes a visit to Soweto, the renowned township that lies just south of Johannesburg. Here, Travellers will find out more about the historical importance of this township, as well as experience the every day life of its residents. Afterwards a trip to the Apartheid Museum will further develop your understanding of South Africa’s tumultuous history and the fall of Apartheid. A stop at constitution hill to complete the first day will give you more detail into an area that was previously used as a prison that was infamous for its terrible treatment of its prisoners.
Day two kicks off with a drive into Pretoria, the legislative capital of South Africa. Starting at the Voortrekker Monument, an ode to the pioneer history of South Africa as well as the history of the Afrikaaners. Nearby to the monument is Freedom Park, a great spot to stop off and learn more about South Africa’s liberation from its oppressive history at its museum. Checking out the Union Buildings as well as Church Square are other highlights on this tour.
Our third day of culture begins with a drive towards the North West province, which is straddled along with Gauteng by the Cradle of Humankind. This World Heritage Site is best known for its ancient human fossil discoveries believed to be the oldest in existence, making it the birthplace of humankind. This vast area is great for adventurous travellers as its filled with small attractions, great restaurants and adrenalin activities. Here we’ll visit Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind, and the best place to find out more about the history of the area through interactive exhibits. The Lesedi Cultural Tour, a highlight for any traveller looking to indulge their cultural side, will reveal layers of traditional African culture to guests, followed by a delicious traditional meal.
Exploring Gauteng is the best way to get to know South Africa better from a cultural perspective. An informative cultural tour punctuated with great meals at some of the best restaurants and overnighting at five-star hotels is a worthwhile addition to any South African holiday.