Soweto | Egoli Johannesburg | Pilanesberg National Park | Gold Reef City | Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg | Lion Park | Lesedi Cultural Village | Pretoria| Apardheid Museum Johannesburg


Stallion Day Tours in GautengSoweto is the largest black city in Africa, the city has a population numbering an estimated 4.5 million; it has a largest general hospital in the southern hemisphere. The name Soweto is an acronym, made up - in apartheid days - from the first letters of the words “south western township. More than 80% of the population of Soweto communicates in English. In 1975, the government directive was issued to the effect that Afrikaans was to be used as a medium and equal basis with English in schools. In 1976, teachers were sacked and others resigned in protest pupils began to rise up against school authorities and school boycotts, June 16 – 1976 a 13 year old boy was gunned down after that schools were burned down and police were stoned. In Orlando west in Vilakazi Street there are two Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu come and learn more about Soweto. Most of the struggle against apartheid was fought in and from Soweto. Visit the Regina Mundi Church, Sharpeville Memorial Site and past president Nelson Mandela’s home

Other attractive sights are residences of famous anti-apartheid activists. Just a few kilometres drive from Diepkloof, you arrive at Orlando, the first township of Soweto. Here, you can visit Nelson Mandela's first house (left) which is a popular tourist attraction. Mandela stayed here before he was imprisoned in 1961. Security guards will not let you in, but you can see the modest house clearly enough from the street. You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house, the Sisulu residence and the Hector Pieterson memorial museum are in the same neighbourhood. The recently renovated museum offers a detailed account of the events of 1976, including visuals and eye-witness accounts.

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Egoli Johannesburg

Johannesburg, also nicknamed Egoli (place of gold), is the capital of the Gauteng. Here, mine dumps stand firmly as symbols of its rich past, while modern architecture rubs shoulders with examples of 19th century engineering prowess.

Gleaming skyscrapers contrast with Indian bazaars and African 'muti' (medicine) shops, where traditional healers dispense advice and traditional medicine. The busy streets ring out with the call of fruit sellers and street vendors. An exciting blend of ethnic and Western art and cultural activities is reflected in theatres and open-air arenas, throughout the city.

Constitution Hill: The Constitutional Court of South Africa is Johannesburg’s newest historical landmark and a unique architectural symbol of South Africa’s democracy. On this site, once the Old Fort Prison Complex, commonly known as Number Four, political prisoners and common criminals awaited ...

Johannesburg Art Gallery: The gallery contains a valuable collection of international and South African art, including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Rodin, El Greco and Henry Moore. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Planetarium: Educational and entertaining programmes on different aspects of astronomy are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phone for programme details and times: + 27 (0)11 717-1392 Tickets are available at Computicket and the planetarium.
Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo: Close to the CBD and main freeways, the Johannesburg Zoological Gardens support more than 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including rare, exotic species, mainly from other parts of Africa. Tours are available. Open daily.

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Pilanesberg National Park

Stallion Day Tours in GautengSituated inside the eroded crater of a long-extinct volcano in the North-West province. Pilanesberg is a sancuary for various kinds of game and is the successful conclusion to one of the largest game-stocking operations in South Africa.

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago.

Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park. Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.

Animals Grazing in a field. Pilanesberg National Park has all of the big 5 animals.

The colourful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight and entertain photographers and visitors. The very topography makes the area a feast for the eye. Here are syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld and also rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas.

Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, "the Proud Mountain". The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

An abundance of wild life proliferate in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain. The park is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five".

A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.

Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. Some are migrants, others permanent inhabitants; some eat carrion or live prey, others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.

There is a self-guided trail in the Walking Area at Manyane Complex in the east, which offers environmental education whilst enjoying game viewing and bird watching on foot. Also at Manyane is a walk-in aviary with over 80 species of indigenous birds.

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Gold Reef City

Stallion Day Tours in GautengA reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era, built around a gold mine. Attractions include a Victorian fun fair, miners' houses, a brewery, pubs, a hotel, restaurants and a stock exchange.

Gold Reef City was built to recreate much of the lost heritage of early Johannesburg. Built on the site of, and incorporated as a Gold mine museum, it's a living pioneer town. In this mine 1.4 million kilogram of gold was mined. The buildings are faithful replicas of the architecture and styles, which grew from the mining camps. The tour includes a ride on a sightseeing train, small crafts village and a trip down the Gold Mine, Level 5 (220m / 785 ft below the surface). Experience the replica of early Johanesburg gold mining town brought to life. This will be your opportunity to go on an underground mine tour and witness a demonstration of molten gold being poured. Tribal dancing adds to the fun.

See a 12.5-kg gold pour; be entertained by African Dancers.

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Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg

Stallion Day Tours in Gauteng

Maropeng is the good place to be where you do learn about the beginning of the world and humanity. The oldest stone tools that are more than 2-6million years old.
Maropeng is one of most impotent place to visit when in Johannesburg, it has a hotel with beautiful view of sun rise. Museum with educational display.
You can Cobain the two places on tour.

Sterkontein Cave

At sterkfontein cave where the fossils. Mrs Ples and little foot have discovered. The tour takes only 35mints when underground they is water that goes about 5 kilometers.

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The Lion Park

Stallion Day Tours in GautengCome face to face with African lions! The lions will be so close to you that if it was not dangerous you would touch the big predator, we have cubs to touch and play with too. You may feed the giraffe from your hand. We have got some other animals like blue wildebeest Impala Zebras and Springbok as well, so this is the place to be.

Visit this magnificent park located to the north of Johannesburg and comprises 200 hectares of grassland and forests. Many species of game are visible from the game trails, which meander through the park. The actual lion area consists of six well-fenced camps, in which various prides of lions live and breed. More than 50 lions are accommodated here and there are nearly always lion cubs to be seen. The highlight of the tour is the opportunity to take a photograph holding a baby cub.

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Lesedi Cultural Village

Stallion Day Tours in GautengLesedi is a Sotho word that means "LIGHT". It was made famous by the great leader and founder the Sotho nation, Moshoeshoe. During the terrible Mfecane wars, refugees from many nations joined Moshoeshoe and were saved by him. Each morning he would awaken and walk out into the new day with this expression on his lips ... 'Ke Bona Lesedi' ... (I see the light)".

Enjoy a tour at Lesedi, which is a multi-cultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour's drive from Pretoria. You will visit four traditional homesteads and learn more about the different tribes - the Zulu's with their fighting sticks and cosy beehive huts, the rhythmic drums and whistles of Stallion Day Tours in Gautengthe Pedi and the conical straw hats and thick, coloured blankets of the Basotho. Also see the Xhosa with their perfectly thatched "rondawels" and distinctive white blankets. You'll then enjoy a traditional African meal and dance with the families. (Overnight accommodation available)

As the sun sets over the African bush, guests are escorted to the Boma for traditional singing and dancing (a very participative Stallion Day Tours in Gautengaffair!!) depicting stories that date back to the days of their ancestors. The guests are then treated to a Pan African Buffet in the Nyama Choma Restaurant.After dinner Guests are invited to gather round the fire outside the bar for a cultural surprise. This entertainment starts off with some "Mamba Juice", a unique Lesedi potion accompanied by Storytelling, Participative Singing and Dancing or simply an opportunity to Stallion Day Tours in Gautenggather more information regarding the myths and traditions of the people of South Africa.

The Nyama Choma restaurant is decorated in true African style and has a large selection of menus to suit every taste.

If time permits, a shopping experience of a lifetime awaits every visitor in our vibrant, living Ndebele craft market and Curio shop with its decorative walls and courtyards before departing.

Our culture is the light of our nation. Whoever walks amongst our cultures in Lesedi can also see the light.

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Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind. Also worth visiting are the Cultural History Museum and Smuts Museum in Irene, outside Pretoria.

Union Buildings
Stallion Day Tours in GautengIt was designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker and was completed in 1913. This magnificent, crescent shaped red sandstone edifice looks over the city from the heights of Meintjes Kop, from where there are panoramic views.

Features of note, apart from the graceful architecture, are the statues, the Garden of Remembrance, the Delville Wood memorial and the Pretoria war memorial. African Window Museum. It is a centre for living culture and one of Pretoria's favourite tourist haunts. Apart from permanent exhibitions new exhibitions are on display regularly.

One of the most dynamic museums in Pretoria.
Some interesting permanent exhibitions include:
Access to power - rock art exibition
Rainbow Collection - South Afrcan Heritage

The Kruger House
Stallion Day Tours in GautengIt is a modest, single storied building with a wide verandah. The house was presented in 1884 to Paul Kruger, by the volk, and here he held open court, receiving his people in informal fashion on the stoep.

It went on for a decade and a half until the British drove him away. The place has been restored to something to almost like its original character; on view are Kruger's furniture, his personal belongings, various memorabilia and his carriage and a stinkwood trek wagon. It is open daily.

Church Square
Pretoria expanded around Church Square, at the intersection of Church Street and Paul Kruger Streets.

The square is dominated by Anton van Wouw's fabulous bronze statue of Oom Paul, patriarch, president of the South African Republic (from 1883 until his flight into exile in 1900) and who is regarded as the "Father of Afrikanerdom".

Church Street, is one of the world's longest urban thoroughfares - it measures a distance of 26 km from end to end. The buildings of note are the Old Raadsaal, completed in 1889 in a French Renaissance style, with a sprinkling of classical features; the graceful Palace of Justice; the South African Reserve Bank, and the modern Transvaal Provincial Administration Building.

Voortrekker Monument
Stallion Day Tours in GautengThe massive Voortrekker Monument was built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. The great grey colossus can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria.

Two elements make it a site worth visiting: the Historical Frieze and the Cenotaph Hall. The unique marble Frieze is an intrinsic part of the design - in bas-relief 27 panels depict the story of the Great Trek from 1835 to 1852.

The Frieze does not only show the history of the Great Trek, but also depicts every day life, work methods, religious beliefs and the way of life of the Voortrekkers.

The central focus point of the Monument is the Cenotaph. On top of the Hall of Heroes' is an arch from where one can view the interior of the Monument.

It is through an opening in the arch that the sun shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December each year onto the middle of the Cenotaph and the words, 'We for thee, South Africa'. The ray of sunshine symbolises God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekkers.

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The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner who became president, is a climax in the saga of a nations resistance, courage and fortitude.

Just 15 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport or 20 minutes from Sandton (the business center of South Africa), discover the true history of South Africa. Whoever you are, you cannot but come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this country, its darkest days and its brightest triumphs.

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid: The racially prejudiced system that blighted much of its progress and the triumph of reason which crowned half a century of struggle.

The Museum has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. An architectural consortium comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the museum on a seven-hectare site. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.

The exhibits are from film footages, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid.

A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state sanctioned system based solely on racial discrimination.

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with the past and working towards a future that all South African's can call their own.

Times: The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10h00 - 17h00. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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