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Historical sites in South Africa

Historical sites in South Africa

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Trip ideas for visiting South Africa's historical sites

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Safari, winelands and city escape
Length 11 days Approx. $1,800
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Savannah and cities road trip
Length 16 days Approx. $1,900
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Road trip along the Garden Route
Length 12 days Approx. $1,500
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Cape Town, penguins and the Garden Route
Length 8 days Approx. $1,380
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Battlefields and wildlife of Zululand
Length 11 days Approx. $4,900
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Train safari for honeymooners
Length 7 days Approx. $4,600
Multi-destination tour
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The Indaba road trip: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Length 15 days Approx. $6,600
Multi-destination tour
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South African safari and Mozambique islands
Length 13 days Approx. $6,240
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South African safari adventure for families
Length 13 days Approx. $4,400
Multi-destination tour
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Southern Africa safari and adventure
Length 13 days Approx. $9,950
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Whistle-stop Cape Town
Length 5 days Approx. $2,200

Our local experts in South Africa

Is South Africa the right destination for you?

Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, South Africa is a mosaic of hilly landscapes and stunning countryside. The mix of the different cultures of the Cape and Johannesburg makes these cities choice destinations for gourmets eager to taste Afrikaner cuisine. South Africa is the country of diversity. You will visit Robben Island, the island upon which Nelson Mandela was shut away for 18 years during Apartheid, and at the same time you ... Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, South Africa is a mosaic of hilly landscapes and stunning countryside. The mix of the different cultures of the Cape and Johannesburg makes these cities choice destinations for gourmets eager to taste Afrikaner cuisine. South Africa is the country of diversity. You will visit Robben Island, the island upon which Nelson Mandela was shut away for 18 years during Apartheid, and at the same time you will discover a country deeply marked by its history. You will stroll over the dunes of Arniston, will be amazed by the ostrich farms on the mountainous tracks of little Karoo and will end your excursion in the crystal clear waters of the rapids of the Tsitsikamma national park. The country also has a reputation for the quality of its wine. A walk in the bucolic region of Boland will enable you to sample the country's best wines directly at the producers. Finally, what would a trip to South Africa be without a safari to the heart of the most beautiful of wild animal reserves? You are bound to be charmed by the elephants, rhinos and tigers that populate the Kruger region. See more
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Start planning your historical tour of South Africa

A turbulent past, unique language varieties, and breathtaking architecture are what await travelers interested in South Africa's historical sites. From Mandela's imprisonment on Robben Island to the celebration of Afrikaans on the hill overlooking Paarl, South Africa historical sites offer different glimpses of the country's past.

What makes South Africa a great destination for history lovers?

South Africa's contrasting cultures feature Dutch, British, Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, and other traditional southern African elements to create a unique experience for travelers. It is called the Rainbow Nation for this unique congregation of cultures, each one unique in its historical importance to the country.

The best historical sites in South Africa to visit

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island, making it one of the most important and popular historical sites in South Africa. But the Rainbow Nation has more to offer visitors to the southernmost tip of the African continent, not least The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng.

  • Explore South Africa's military history at the Castle of Good Hope

    The pentagonal fortress is South Africa's oldest colonial building. Located in Cape Town, the fortress served an important link between the west and east, giving Dutch settlers a firm grip of the Spice Trade. Flute pillars and curved staircases welcome visitors interested in the historical wonders of this old fortress.
  • Remember Mandela's struggles at the Nelson Capture Site

    South Africa's greatest son was arrested in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, and imprisoned for 27 years. On the site of his arrest, a sculpture of 50 laser-cut metal columns spanning 30 meters show a dramatic visage of the great man. Stay to watch the dramatic multi-faceted image that forms as the sun shifts.
  • Explore the origin of species at The Cradle of Humankind

    Mrs. Ples, the most complete skull of the oldest Australopithecus africanus was found in Sterkfontein Caves, a network of limestone caves some 25 miles to the north-west of Johannesburg. Another set of fossils was found nearby at the Rising Star Cave, earning the site in Maropeng its legendary status.
  • Read history at the Afrikaans Language Monument

    Visitors will marvel at the towering convex and concave structures that indicate the influences of different languages on the Afrikaans language. Opened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of adopting Afrikaans as a South African language, the structures overlooking Paarlin Western Cape is a literary bridge between Western Europe and Africa.
  • Gaze at the longest granite edifice of the Voortrekker Monument

    The massive granite edifice is located south of Pretoria to commemorate the pioneering efforts of Dutch-speaking settlers. The massive Hall of Heroes features the largest marble frieze in the world. Meanwhile, a Cenotaph receives sunrays at noon on 12th December each year to commemorate the Battle of Blood River in 1838.

Tips for planning a historical tour of South Africa

The best time to visit South Africais in the dry winter season. Being in the southern hemisphere, this falls between May and September and offers travelers a better chance at enjoying the outdoors in cooler temperatures. With a rich connection of local experts, Evaneos helps experienced and new travelers get in contact with local tour guides to make your historical tour fun and educative.

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