Discover Johannesburg's and South Africa's rich heritage and culture by visiting one of these historical places.
Soweto is the biggest township in South Africa and during the apartheid era it gained international acclaim for housing most of the country's revolutionaries. Former Robben Island prisoner Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on the famous Vilakazi street. Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.
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Hector Peterson is said to be the first person to be shot during the famous 16 June 1976 student riots in Soweto, where state police used live ammunition against students who were protesting against the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction. At the time of the incident, a picture of the 14-year-old Peterson was shown all over the world, prompting international outrage and condemnation. The Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto's Khumalo Street recalls these events and the ensuing Soweto Uprising and takes the visitor on a journey that includes the build up to a youth rebellion, the events of that fateful day and its aftermath.
The South African National Museum of Military History is the only museum of its kind in South Africa. It provides a nucleus of Museum and military history expertise in southern Africa and includes various displays from military hardware to South Africa's roles in different wars.
The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.
Completed in 1913, Pretoria's Union Building are one of the most recognized buildings in South Africa. The Union Building itself is not open to the public, as it houses the offices of the President of South Africa. But the building's impressive architecture and beautiful surrounding garden.
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Centrally located in and around the suburbs of Rosebank, Johannesburg and ideal for both business and leisure travellers.