Voortrekker Monument And Nature ReserveCurrently Closed
- Address: Eeufees Road, Pretoria, South Africa
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +27-123266770
- Ticket Price: 55 ZAR
- Tags: Garden, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture , Heritage Building
The Voortrekkers are among South Africa’s most beloved heroes. Fed up of British control near the coast, these Afrikaners of Dutch descent undertook the famous Great Trek in flimsy caravans over a great number of years. Eventually they established some of interior South Africa’s most important settlements. The monument was opened in 1949 in commemoration of this endeavour. A great stone wall, carved with 64 caravans in the shape of traditional laager, circles the imposing monument. Among the monument’s most prominent features is the world largest marble frieze; the Cenotaph bearing the Afrikaans phrase “We for thee, South Africa”; the various sculptures around the place.
The architectural style borrows heavily from Egypt and it’s religious motifs. Outside, there’s an amphitheatre, a garden and an Afrikaner heritage centre. Surrounding all this is a large nature reserve. Impalas, springbucks, wildebeest, red hartebeest and other smaller animals like mongoose, hare, hedgehogs and porcupines run free through the reserve and make for excellent photographing.
- Speed limit on roads is 30 kmh.
- Do not feed the animals.
- No littering.
- Gesinne/Families R110; Adult R55; Mini Bus R40.
- Bus stop on Trichardt and Roger Dyason Road Junction.
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95% of people who visit Pretoria include Voortrekker Monument And Nature Reserve in their plan
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54.58% of people start their Voortrekker Monument And Nature Reserve visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Voortrekker Monument And Nature Reserve
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Always mind blowing when visiting here. Amazing how mere mortals build this amazing monument for all of the future to see and admire. Plentiful to see and learn, lots of stunning well preserved items can be found and documented here. Well worth a visit when your in the area. Come prepared if you plan on going to the top, lots of stairs to climb.
This is an amazing place to visit. The monument is very well looked after. Standing inside is awe-inspiring. There is so much history documented here, it takes a good 2-3 hours to get through most of it. The monument is effectively made up of 5 levels accessible to visitors (the uppermost is not accessible to wheelchairs). The lower two (basement) levels have a very museum-like feel and house the cenotaph. The 3rd level is the main entrance and is where you can view a massive marble frieze showcasing Voortrekker history chronologically. The 4th level is essentially an outside balcony area near the top of the monument. The uppermost level allows you to see down through the dome ceiling of monument to the cenotaph housed below. Would definitely recommend a visit.
Take time to walk around the entire border of the main hall, and read the inscriptions on each plaque. You'll be rewarded with a fascinating account of the Dutch settlement of South Africa and the ensuing struggles with the native peoples. I was struck by the many similarities between these events, and conflicts between early European settlers of New England and the Native Americans. Check out the downstairs museum as well. Detailed exhibits and displays will hold the interest of even "non-museum" types (like me).
A place to discover pages of South Africa’s past, impressive architecture all round, from the stairs leading up to the monument to the stones walls and illustrations with in. Do be very careful when going up, you can either take the side stairs or the lift. Safety first! Do respect the silence within, a noisy crowd can really ruin your trip. Take note of the date when the light from dome will shining directly on top of the tomb stone, if you happen to be around, it is worthwhile to witness, as it only happens once a year
Peaceful surroundings, ideal for a family outing. There are many things to see and do. This is a must, not only for visitors to South Africa, but for each South African as well.