Week ending 03 August 2018

To be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, with an inspiring history and incredible heroes.

As South Africans we constantly challenge ourselves to find a sense of community while appreciating our diversity. And one way of doing this is travelling and taking in the scenic beauty that abound our country.  At this year’s South African Heritage and Tourism Festival held on the heritage sites of Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument in the city of Tshwane; people will have the opportunity not only to enjoy great food and music but take in these incredible heritage sites on either foot or cycling.

Freedom Park is a heritage treasure trove, chronicling the history of Africa and South Africa, from earth's early beginnings through the emergence of humanity. It traces the paths of African civilisations, colonialism, industrialisation, and apartheid, to modern democracy.

 

The Voortrekker Monument was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. This massive monument, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, is ringed with granite ox-wagons, and contains a frieze of Boer heroics inside. The large grounds have been declared a National Nature Reserve, which abound with small game.

As they both offer a wealth of space to explore the flora and fauna indigenous to South Africa, they make for great venues to host walking/running and cycling tours. There was no way the organisers of the SA Heritage and Tourism Festival could have excluded fun walks/runs and cycling from their programme. These will take place on the Fort Schanskop trail; starting at the Voortekker Monument looping into Freedom Park and back to finish at the same starting point.

We cannot think of a better way to get educated, immerse ourselves in our heritage while taking in the stunning scenery.

To get yourself or team registered for the tours, visit www.sahtfest.co.za