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Voortrekker Monument
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Pretoria Sightseeing Day Trip from Johannesburg
Ranked #4 of 131 things to do in Pretoria
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

A visit to this pace has historic value for all races ,This reflect on our dark history and we must all visit here.

Thank Polla D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you love history, this is the place to visit.It tells you the history of the Voortrekkers (Afrikaans/Dutch pioneers) who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1838 because they did not want to be under British rule anymore. The move was in land to what use to be Natal and Transvaal. The building itself is impressive and was designed by Gehard Moerdijk, it was inaugurated in 1949
The monument has got the longest marble frieze in the world, showing parts of the history. The cenotaph is the center of the Museum, on 16 December the sun , at 12h00 shines directly on it. One 16 December 1838 was the Battle of Blood River.
There are a lot of historically artifacts in the lower section
The rest of the area is also worth a visit.

Thank RiyadhRugby
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

You will feel part of the written history when visiting this monument.Lovely gardens all around,beautiful view of Pretoria town.

2  Thank 178jirinas
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Being new to South Africa I visited the Vortrekker Monument as a part of exploring my new surroundings. Because it keeps popping up as one of the top tourist sites for Pretoria, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn about South Africa's history. Unfortunately though, the Monument mostly serves as a way to romanticize the Great Trek while conveniently leaving out most of its details. E.g. It is literally easier to find information on the technique for some of the tapestry than what exactly is depicted on it or how the scene came to be. Not very surprising, considering how hard to defend some of the depicted scenes (mowing down natives with guns from horseback) are in a post-colonial world. The lower basement area is the only thing that could be considered an actual museum, but as with the rest, I had to look up a lot of the actual historical details afterwards.

It is undoubtedly an impressive monument, but as an educational historical site it leaves a lot to be deserved.

1  Thank soerenjonsson
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Nice building on the inside and outside, lots of information but not always as clear to visitors. Recommend to get a guide for a short tour.

1  Thank Benjamin_Java
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