The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
The Cradle of
Humankind World Heritage Site is a remarkable 47 000 hectare destination
with a rich and fascinating history told to us through the ancient
fossils that have been found here. It also has over 400 attractions,
including restaurants, art and craft outlets, lodges, wildlife
facilities, places of historical interest and spaces for young and old
just to have fun.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site offers
a wonderful experience for national and international tourists, a rich
source of information for scientists and researchers, opportunities for
economic development and job creation, and a chance for all to be part
of humanity's history.
The Apartheid Museum,
the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An
architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural
firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare
stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape
offering the international community a unique South African experience.
The exhibits have been assembled and organised by
a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and
designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text
panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are
part of the epic saga, known as apartheid.
Lesedi Cultural Village
Lesedi Cultural village awaits those willing to participate in
an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the
people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions.
Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our
cultures at Lesedi can also see the light.
The discovery begins at the Ndebele village where
the introduction to the cultural experience precedes a multi-media
presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation. This
is followed by a guided tour of the other four ethnic homesteads – Zulu,
Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi.
Constitution Hill is
a city precinct, anchored by the South African Constitutional Court –
the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Constitution
Hill is also the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison
Complex, where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished
before the dawn of democracy.
Many of South Africa’s political activists,
including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Walter Sisulu were
detained here. What once was a place of injustice and brutality has been
transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy.
Soweto - Johannesburg
The establishment of
Soweto is, like Johannesburg, linked directly to the discovery of Gold
in 1885. Thousands of people from around the world and South Africa
flocked to the new town to seek their fortunes or to offer their labour.
Within 4 years Johannesburg was the second largest city. More than half
the population was black, most living in multi racial shanty towns near
the gold mines in the centre of the town.
As the gold mining industry developed, so did the
need for labour increase. Migrant labour was started and most of these
workers lived in mine compounds. However other workers had to find their
own accommodation often in appalling conditions.
Nestled in the
Magaliesberg Mountains, only one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria,
The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam lies in a malaria-free area.
It is surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala,
klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other
small mammals, 350 bird species and, of course, five magnificent African
The Elephant Sanctuary provides a “halfway house”
for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. It is our
vision to release all the elephants into an environment where they can
be more independent once they are older.