Historical destinations in SA
Here are two more ways to fully experience the rich history this country has to offer.
For those who desire a different holiday experience, Robben Island offers interesting tours, a museum and activities with a rich history. The island was a place of exile for nearly 400 years. The apartheid government used it as a place to incarcerate political prisoners, including former President Nelson Mandela. You can book accommodation at Camps Bay, Central Cape Town and V&A Waterfront.
What to do:
You can enjoy the island and historical sites, artefacts and exhibits. The Robben Island Museum has installed a number of long-term exhibits at its mainland. Be sure to visit the famous prison cell number 46664, where Mandela spent 27 years of his life. Ferries depart at 9am, 11am and 1pm from Nelson Mandela Gateway, weather permitting. Book in advance at www.robben-island.org.za. Tickets cost R230 per adult and R120 for kids under the age of 18.
The Sterkfontein Caves form part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The site has top restaurants, conferencing facilities and easy access to the caves – where much-admired fossils were discovered. The caves have a historical significance because of the Australopithecus (fossil skull that has both ape-like and human characteristics) that was discovered in 1936. There's plenty of accommodation close to the Cradle of Humankind. You can opt for Magaliesburg, Muldersdrift and Krugersdorp.
What to do:
The caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand and are open seven days a week. The tours are guided and run every half-hour from 9am-4pm. Please note that the tours are limited to 30 people. Call 014 577 900 for more info and bookings. Tickets for the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Museum cost R200 for adults and R120 for children. Tickets for the caves tours costs R130 per adult and R75 for kids.
*To read about more about historical trips to take in SA go to page 116 of the January-February 2013 issue