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South Africa's rich and dramatic history dates from the earliest inhabitants through colonisation to the discovery of diamonds & gold; from the formation and evolution of black resistance, through 3 decades of crisis to the eventual death of apartheid. Explore the numerous historical places and share in our rich heritage.

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Alberton Heritage Society

Gauteng, Alberton

Raise awareness that anything 60+ years is protected under the National Heritage Act. We Identify, Preserve and Assist.

Castle of Good Hope

Western Cape, Cape Town

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

Church Square

Gauteng, Pretoria

The sculptor Anton van Wouw's statue of Paul Kruger occupies the centre stage on Church Square. While the bronze figures of Kruger and the sentries were cast in Italy at the turn of the century

Coedmore Castle

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

Coedmore Castle is a historic family home built in 1875 and is situated in the middle of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Yellowwood Park


Northern Cape, Danielskuil

Part of a Griqua missionary and of historical importance, a geological phenomena in the form of deep cavity was formed in the dolomite limestone.

Durban City Hall

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

The Durban city hall displays a fine example of Edwardian Neo-baroque architecture. The current city hall is actually the second building in Durban made for this purpose

Dzata Ruins and Museum of the Drum

Limpopo, Thohoyandou

Site of the the Vhavenda royal dating back to 1400 AD. The history of the Vinda is depicted and the ruins with their dry- stone walls can be explored.

Emakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park

Kwazulu Natal, Ulundi

With its large range of habitats the park supports a variety of animals including black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyaena, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, kudu

Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Gardens and Diggers Fountain

Northern Cape, Kimberley

The five diggers represent the five diamond mines of Kimberley and the statue honours the contribution that all diamond diggers made to the development of Kimberley.

Fort Mistake

Kwazulu Natal, Glencoe

A signaling post built during the war - one in the line that stretched north to Newcastle. Between Ladysmith and Newcastle on the N11 about 22km from Glencoe.

Fraserburg Peperbus

Northern Cape, Fraserburg

The six-sided Peperbus designed by the Reverend Bamberger and built by Adam Jacobs in 1861 as an office has housed the church, the magistrate and the municipality.

Ghost and History Tour

Mpumalanga, Nelspruit

From tribal and genetic migrations to the Mfacane wars, the formation of the Zulus, Sotho, Swazi and Shangaan. The early days and the many interesting characters of the Gold Rush at Kaapse Hoop and the Baberton valley

Kimberley Mine Museum

Northern Cape, Kimberley

Retrace the lives of the rough-and-ready diggers who made it all happen. Or experience life in Kimberley as it must have been during the diamond-rush days when races, lotteries, pubs and ballrooms made the town a very bright place indeed.

Magersfontein Battlefield

Northern Cape, Kimberley

The Highland Brigade fought valiantly but was driven back by Boer rifle fire and its own shellfire. By mid-morning the Brigade was pinned down and unable to move despite reinforcement by the Gordon Highlanders.

Majuba Hill

Mpumalanga, Volksrust

The battle at Majuba Hill on 27 February 1881 was the main battle of the First Boer War. It was a resounding victory for the Boers.

Malgas Pont

Western Cape, Witsand

Malgas is where that you will find the last hand-operated ‘pont’ (ferry) in the country; a vital link between the east and west bank communities of the Breede River.

Masebe Nature Reserve

Limpopo, Polokwane

The variety of rock formation, vegetation and rivers make this reserve exceptionally beautiful. wildlife species encountered regularly includes sable, tsessebe, giraffe, zebra, nyala, eland kudu, leopard and others.


Kwazulu Natal, Ulundi

Mgungundlovu established as capital by Zulu King Dingane. Visitor facilities include a site museum, shop and toilets.

Ndebele Cultural Village

Gauteng, Pretoria

The village is relatively un-commercialised and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself and experience life from a unique perspective.

Robben Island

Western Cape, Cape Town

Indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British soldiers and civilians, women, and anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela and Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, were all imprisoned on the Island.

Shaka's Rock

Kwazulu Natal, Shakas Rock

Zulu warriors had to jump down the natural cliff to prove they have courage. It is also said that Shaka's enemies were thrown off Shaka's rock into the sea.

Spioenkop Nature Reserve

Kwazulu Natal, Ladysmith

Of the wildlife including white rhinoceros, giraffe and a variety of plains and bushveld antelope. The abundance and variety of species assures visitors a rewarding game experience.

Sterkfontein Caves

Gauteng, Krugersdorp

The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run every half hour, seven days a week.

Tandjesberg Rock Art Site

Free State, Ladybrand

Tandjesberg is one of South Africa’s 12 Rock Art National Monuments. Facilities include a stone floor and interpretative redrawings.

Taung Heritage Site

North West, Taung

The Taung Heritage Site is dedicated to the discovery of the skull belonging to an early hominid, named "Australopithecus africanus" meaning the "southern ape of Africa".

The Big Hole, Kimberley

Northern Cape, Kimberley

150 years ago, the site of the Big Hole was a featureless, flat-topped hill. Then word spread that diamonds had been discovered.

The Cornish Pump House

Northern Cape, Okiep

The Cornish Pump House is a National Monument at Okiep which was used to dewater the Okiep mine from 1882 until it closed in 1919. This is the only fully intact Cornish pump house in the Southern hemisphere and very popular with steam enthusiasts.

The Drostdy

Eastern Cape, Graaff Reinet

The Drostdy building was completed in 1806. A fascinating part of Graaff Reinet's heritage.

The Freedom Park

Gauteng, Pretoria

Freedom Park is a meeting place, a venue for the gathering of clans and nations; a place to listen to the voice of silence, a place to pray; a sacred place, a step to the heavens and to our humanity.

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Kwazulu Natal, Winterton

The 243 000ha uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of South Africa`s prime ecotourist destinations. Here you can savour the ultimate freedom of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks and butresses.

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