The Voortrekker Monument
Pretoria, South Africa
The Voortrekker Monument Pretoria Reviews
Sight seeing in and around Joburg Sep 11, 2012
Few must do things when you are in and around Joburg:
-Visit old buildings in Pretoria (Union buildings, Voortrekker monument)
- Visit Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Pretoria
-Eat at Toni's Pizza in Pretoria
-Visit Apartheid Museum, Joburg
-Visit Lilliesleaf Farm, Joburg
-Visit SAB world of beer for a beer tour, which is just ok (Optional)
-Visit Hector Pietersen Museum, Soweto
-Visit Regina Mundi church, Soweto
-Visit Lion and Rhino Park and Wonder caves, Wildlife (Must), Outskirts joburg
-Visit Zoo lake, Joburg
-Visit Rosebank craft market or BRUMA market
-On weekends, attend the food markets at Greenside,BRAAMFONTEIN,Irene - Must
-Beer tasting at Gilroys brewery
-For night life, Go to Movida,Billys,Greenside,Manhattan,Icon
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Something to do if you like South African History May 02, 2011
The Voortrekkers, or pioneers, were mainly Dutch settlers who were dissatisfied under the British rule of the Cape Colony. From 1835 many of them started a journey inland by ox-wagon which is now known as the Great Trek. The Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria stands as a memorial to these pioneers.
The Voortrekker Monument is a colossal granite structure, some 40 metres tall, which dominates a hill just South of Pretoria. The monument was designed by Gerard Moerdijk, and is rich in symbolism.
The Voortrekker Monument is a monumental granite structure, with access to the roof (via a lift) where one can see for many kilometers in all directions. The view of the City of Tshwane below is magnificent, particularly on a clear day. Unfortunately we had bad weather and visibility was poor.
In the distance, over the CBD, one can see the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African Government. These 2 buildings were specifically located so that each can be seen from the other. In fact there is a by-law in place down to this day that forbids any structure to be build too high, that it may not obstruct the line of sight between these two structures.
It cost about $6.00 per person to enter the grounds and monument, there's also a restaurant and curio shop available.
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