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South Africa's rich history is displayed in the numerous monuments and memorials. Found throughout South Africa - from the 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown to the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town - monuments provide insight to our diverse history.

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Afrikaans Language Monument

Western Cape, Paarl

This unique language originated from the Dutch spoken by the first settlers. It was later evolved by people such as the Khoikoi and the slaves from other countries. The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument celebrates this unique language.

Capture site of Winston Churchill

Kwazulu Natal, Colenso

The monument shown commemorating the wreck of the armoured train and the capture of Churchill was originally erected in 1917.

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.

Dick King Statue

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

On the busy Victoria Embankment is a statue commemorating Dick King (Richard Philip King), who brought reinforcements to Durban during the 1842 siege.

Honoured Dead Memorial

Northern Cape, Kimberley

The Honored Dead Memorial is one of the first things visitors will see when coming into Kimberley from the airport. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, it commemorates those who died in the siege of Kimberley during the Boer War

Huguenot Monument

Western Cape, Franschhoek

The central female figure, created by Coert Steynberg, personifies religious freedom with a bible in her one hand and broken chain in the other.

Memorial to Sister Henrietta Stockdale

Northern Cape, Kimberley

Sister Henrietta first went across to Kimberley in the winter of 1876, working as district nurse in the mining camps, and then at Kimberley’s new Carnarvon Hospital.

Memorial to the Pioneers of Aviation

Northern Cape, Kimberley

The birthplace of the South African Air Force. It is a reconstruction of the hangar, with a replica of the Compton Paterson bi-plane used in flight training. Just past the airport on the way to Magersfontein.

National Monument at the Blood River

Kwazulu Natal, Dundee

In the Battle at the Ncome or Blood River about 3000 Zulu warriors died. The Voortrekkers, however, had - except for three lightly injured men - no losses.

National Women's Memorial

Free State, Bloemfontein

This 37m/120ft high obelisk on the south side of Bloemfontein commemorates the 26,000 women and children who died in British concentration camps during the Boer War

Old Fort Durban

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

The Old Fort in Durban was built in 1842 by troops of the 27th regiment. It houses many memorials and features of historical importance.

Paul Kruger Statue

Gauteng, Pretoria

The statue of Paul Kruger located at Church Square, in Pretoria (Now called Tshwane) is probably one of the most famous landmarks in South Africa.

Pig & Whistle

Eastern Cape, Bathurst

This 179 year old Pub/Restaurant/Hotel is the oldest continuously operating pub in South Africa and a National Monument.

Rhodes House

Western Cape, Cape Town

The beautifully decorated and plush cocktail lounge, dancing hall and a number of private rooms makes Rhodes House a uniquely versatile setting for those requiring a creative and stimulating functions environment.

Rhodes Memorial

Western Cape, Cape Town

Today Rhodes Memorial is a national landmark, providing a magnificent view of industrial Cape Town out over the airport and the Cape Flats to the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains.

Shaka Memorial

Kwazulu Natal, KwaDuKuza (Stanger)

In 1938 it was described in the Government Gazette as Monument, made in Newcastle, erected in 1932 on the alleged site of King Shaka's grave.

Statue of John Ross

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

Aged just 12, and escorted by 30 Zulu warriors, he set out on a six-month 600-mile trek to the Portuguese settlement of Delagoa Bay to raise the alarm.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg

In May 1893, while Gandhi was on his way to Pretoria, a white man objected to Gandhi's presence in a first-class carriage, and he was ordered to move to the van compartment at the end of the train.

The 1820 Settlers National Monument

Eastern Cape, Grahamstown

The 1820 Settlers National Monument is mainly used for activities which encourage the ideals of freedom of speech and social interaction using English as a contact language.

The Big Pineapple

Eastern Cape, Bathurst

Visit the largest pineapple in the whole world, situated in Bathurst. Learn about the history of pineapples, the different varieties, see the incredible views from the observation deck and don’t forget the wonderful gift shop.

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.

Union Buildings

Gauteng, Pretoria

The semicircular building has 2 wings at either end representing the 2 sides of the then Union of South Africa - the Afrikaners and the British who were housed on either side

Voortrekker Monument

Gauteng, Pretoria

The Voortrekker Monument, a unique South African heritage treasure, serves as an ideal venue for exclusive classical music performances and choral performances.

Winburg Voortrekker Monument

Free State, Winburg

Winburg was originally chosen as the site for the main Voortrekker Monument, but it was eventually decided on Pretoria and instead a five-tiered secondary Voortrekker monument was built on the outskirts of Winburg in the 1950's.

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