Voortrekker Monument
Voortrekker Monument
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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.
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  • hr2023
    Florence, Arizona3 contributions
    A Great Experience
    It was very interesting to see how similar the history is to the United States around the same era. The structure is amazing and the artifacts and detail are breathtaking. My colleague noted how much the place has grown and was thoroughly impressed.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • angela c
    Durban, South Africa82 contributions
    Stunning building, well maintained in lovely setting
    Well worth a visit, beautiful building inside, and the climb, or lift, to the dome gives extensive views over Pretoria. Gardens are very well maintained. We went to the fort as well, A short drive away. You can get refreshments there. Cost was R115 for a pensioner As we left a few bus loads of very excited school children arrived, Didn't appear to be interactive for children. They did use the guides.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • MN_Walkers
    Minneapolis, Minnesota568 contributions
    A sobering experience
    Very impressive monument to the Afrikaners who moved from the Cape Colony in the Great Trek. The structure is immense, with multiple levels including a viewing platform at the top. In the main hall you encounter a 360 degree marble frieze of the history of the migration, including the bloody conflicts between the Voortrekkers and the Zulu. We went with a guide who walked us through the story laid out in the frieze; without that assistance we wouldn't have understood much as there is no narration or explanation. Below the main level is a museum of Afrikaner life and culture. The monument is surrounded by a granite wall engraved with 64 wagons representing the defensive formation used at the battle of Blood River, the decisive battle between the Voortrekkers and the Zulu. There are auxiliary displays regarding Afrikaner life outside of and around the monument. Given the history of conflicts between the Afrikaners and the tribes, and then between the Afrikaners and the British in the Anglo - Boer wars, this monument leads one to thought and reflection. The nation has gone through much change since construction on the monument began 85 years ago, and it is sobering to observe that the different threads of people and culture that make up the tapestry of South Africa are respected and acknowledged. One goes away from the monument with an appreciation of the challenges faced by South Africans of today which have their roots in the actions of South Africans of the past.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Tim Marshall
    California8 contributions
    Do not miss this historical saga.
    As a non South African this museum offers an incredible insight into the history and majesty of the land and people of South Africa. Race issues aside these are stout religious people that created a vision out of some of the hardest country in the world. Impressive to say the least and grand that it is still being looked after now. You should not miss this. Asides from the Voortreker history the monument displays memorials for all the major wars where South Africans played major parts in the ultimate sacrifice. Impressive.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Andre H
    Cape Town, South Africa417 contributions
    An Afrikaner History Lesson
    I have been to Pretoria a few times before but have never visited this monument as I thought it was just a brick structure , boy was I wrong . It is very impressive inside and outside much bigger than I ever imagined The best part is that it is so well maintained , the buildings and the gardens. You can spend hours here going through all the history of people who were very religious. There are various paintings and artifacts depicting various scenarios . The building is much higher than I expected , don't forget to go to the lower level as most head for the stairs or lift to get to the top . You able to walk around most of the structure at the top , except the corner where the lift is . Great views across parts of Pretoria as well as a good view of the wagon laager surrounding the monument , really impressive Loved the gardens around and outside the monument which depicts the trek across all parts of South Africa . The only negative is the price , even as a South African its R205pp . There is a coffee shop/restaurant on site & plenty of parking
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
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Wesley Klijnstra
The Hague, The Netherlands12 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
A part of the African history, beautiful building where the story and history of the voortrekkers is told. a must go if you in Pretoria and want to learn about the history
Written 25 January 2024
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Charmaine
Gweru, Zimbabwe2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
The trip was amazing my guide was a knowledgeable person and answered all the questions I had about the city,
He was very patient kind honestly very friendly felt like I was on a city tour with my local friend😁
Written 22 January 2024
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uk family
Heybridge, UK124 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We were taken to this monument by some local friends bur we knew about it already. It was very impressive, clean and safe. It had a spiritual air to it and a European look. The shop and the lady in it were very helpful.
Written 3 January 2024
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Molood M
Sandton, South Africa85 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Knowing the history of South africa is always interesting. However, for the first time, we really felt that we were not welcome and it is the place only for white people. The architect is amazing, but most of the signs or videos in the museum are in Afrikaans or Deutch. Definitely, they need to put some arrows for reception to avoid confusion. The cafe doesn't have that much option to eat. Overall, it was not a pleasant visit, especially with the money you have to pay.
Written 24 December 2023
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imyourguestSA
Pretoria, South Africa11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria is a must-see for any visitor to South Africa, but it is especially atmospheric on a cold July morning. The monument is dedicated to the Voortrekkers, who were Dutch-speaking pioneers who migrated from the Cape Colony to the interior of South Africa in the early 1800s.

The monument itself is a massive granite structure that dominates the skyline of Pretoria. It is surrounded by a large park, which is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic on a warm day. However, the park can be quite chilly on a cold July morning, so it is important to dress warmly.

I arrived at the monument early one morning in July, just as the sun was rising. The monument itself was even more imposing in the early morning light. I walked up the steps to the entrance and took a moment to admire the view from the top.

The interior of the monument is just as impressive as the exterior. The main hall is vast and airy, with high ceilings and stained-glass windows. The walls of the hall are lined with murals and sculptures that depict the story of the Voortrekkers.

I spent some time wandering around the hall, admiring the artwork and learning more about the history of the Voortrekkers. I was particularly interested in the murals, which showed the Voortrekkers crossing rivers, fighting battles, and building their new homes in the interior of South Africa.

After exploring the main hall, I took a walk through the rest of the monument. There are several smaller rooms that house exhibits on different aspects of Voortrekker life, such as their religion, culture, and technology. I found these exhibits to be very informative and I learned a lot about the Voortrekkers that I didn't know before.

After spending a few hours at the monument, it was time to leave. I walked back down the steps to the entrance and took one last look at the monument. It was a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Overall, I had a wonderful time visiting the Voortrekker Monument on a cold July morning. The monument is a must-see for any visitor to South Africa, but it is especially atmospheric on a cold day. The air is crisp, the views are stunning, and the exhibits are very informative.

Here are some tips for visiting the Voortrekker Monument on a cold day:

Dress warmly. The monument is made of granite, which can be quite cold on a cold day. Be sure to wear a jacket, hat, and gloves.

Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable and supportive shoes.

Take your time. There is a lot to see and do at the monument, so be sure to take your time and enjoy the experience.

Have a picnic lunch. The park surrounding the monument is a great place to have a picnic lunch. However, be sure to pack plenty of food and drinks, as there are no restaurants or cafes on site.

Bring your camera. The Voortrekker Monument is a beautiful and impressive structure. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.
Written 17 October 2023
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa417 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
I have been to Pretoria a few times before but have never visited this monument as I thought it was just a brick structure , boy was I wrong . It is very impressive inside and outside much bigger than I ever imagined

The best part is that it is so well maintained , the buildings and the gardens. You can spend hours here going through all the history of people who were very religious.

There are various paintings and artifacts depicting various scenarios . The building is much higher than I expected , don't forget to go to the lower level as most head for the stairs or lift to get to the top . You able to walk around most of the structure at the top , except the corner where the lift is . Great views across parts of Pretoria as well as a good view of the wagon laager surrounding the monument , really impressive

Loved the gardens around and outside the monument which depicts the trek across all parts of South Africa .

The only negative is the price , even as a South African its R205pp . There is a coffee shop/restaurant on site & plenty of parking
Written 13 September 2023
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Jmot
Valencia, Spain95 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The good: the place is well maintained, great to take photos and to have a picnic.
The bad: there is no way online and at the gate to know the entry price, you ask security at the gate and they don't tell you the price, they just give you a parking ticket and tell you to get it stamped at reception in order to be allowed out (this is a clear contravention of consumer law where prices have to be advertised clearly at entry!). You arrive at reception well inside the park and discover that for foreigners the price is ZAR 280 per person. This is a very steep price compared to other museums (almost three times more than Maropeng or Apartheid Museum) and I do not like price gouging for foreigners (especially if impossible to find the price in advance on their website!) You are basically forced to pay the price if you want to get out!
Written 8 July 2023
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA483 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A very impressive monument to the Boer/Afrikaner experience, that celebrates the great migration from about 1835 to 1841 that led to the settling of much of central South Africa. The monument at first glance is very imposing and visually stunning and can be seen from miles away. When you get there the great ground floor includes a freeze that outlines the many treks that comprise the migration. The two sub-floors include a museum and other displays while a stairway to the roof provides a scenic visual of the entire area. On the site there are several other things to see from the old fort on an adjacent hill top to a botanical garden. Guides are everywhere providing insight and assistance. There are lots of different opinions about the impact of the Boer/Afrikaner experience in shaping South Africa, but there can be little denying that this monument is an unabashed celebratory monument and spiritual home to their efforts. I was not sure I wanted to make the effort to drive to Pretoria to come here, I am glad I did
Written 4 June 2023
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Elisabeth B
11 contributions
Apr 2023
Was amazed at how well maintained the Monument is. They have now installed a lift so that the disabled can get up to the top viewing points. Helpful guides and very well presented
Written 17 May 2023
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Albert Oosthuizen
South Africa1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Friends
The day was very full of history thanks to the best guide Rio. Thank you for the knowledge you shared with us
Written 9 April 2023
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