Historic sites in South Africa

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in South Africa and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in South Africa and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in South Africa you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in South Africa, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

South Africa: Site Index

Anglo-Boer War Museum

The Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein explores the history of the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Anglo-Boer War Museum, also known as the War Museum of the Boer Republics, in Bloemfontein, South Africa is one of the country’s most comprehensive museums about the Second Anglo-Boer War. The Second Anglo-Boer War was a major conflict between Britain and the Orange Free State republics and Boers of South... Read More

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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg tells the story of South Africa’s apartheid regime and how it eventually fell.

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg chronicles the history of apartheid in South Africa and the struggle for human rights which ended this regime of racial segregation. From 1948, when the National Party came to power, until 1994 South Africa had a series of racially discriminatory laws which oppressed certain races, particularly... Read More

Battle of Blood River Memorial

The Battle of Blood River Memorial commemorates a fierce clash between the Boers and the Zulus in 1838.

The Battle of Blood River Memorial (Bloedrivier Monument) is a monument to a nineteenth century battle between the Boer pioneers or ‘Voortrekkers’ and the Zulus. Prior to the Battle of Blood River, a Boer diplomatic group led by Piet Retief were massacred by Zulu forces. On 16 December 1838, angered... Read More

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Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

The Castle of Good Hope (Casteel de Goede Hoop) in Cape Town is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa and the current seat of the military in the Cape. The Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) between 1666 and 1679 as a... Read More

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District Six

District Six was a thriving multicultural area in Cape Town, South Africa until it was destroyed by apartheid.

District Six, named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867, was a lively, multicultural district made up of artisans, freed slaves, merchants and labourers. However, following the Group Areas Act of 1950, District Six was declared a white area in 1960 and the government forcibly removed 60,000 of... Read More

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District Six Museum

The District Six Museum is dedicated to the history of District Six, an area destroyed during the Apartheid.

The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa is a museum which serves as an apt memorial to and celebration of District Six, immersing visitors in the lives of its previous inhabitants. District Six was a thriving community destroyed during the Apartheid. For more information, see the District Six entry.... Read More

Geelbecks River Blockhouse

Mortared stonework type blockhouse, 12km North of Laingsburg, and right next to the N1 national highway (motorway) between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The Geelbecks River Blockhouse is a very typical, easily reachable and well preserved example of the blockhouse fortifications erected by British forces during the Anglo Boer War between 1899-1902. These were strongpoints in their defences of the colony borders and strategically important locations like railway bridges, as in this case.... Read More

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Isandlwana Battlefield

Isandlwana Battlefield was the site of a British defeat in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

Isandlwana Battlefield in South Africa was the site of the Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu Wars. The Anglo-Zulu Wars were in part an attempt by the British to repress the Zulu army so as to pave the way for the creation of a Confederation of South Africa which united... Read More

Ladysmith Siege Museum

The Ladysmith Siege Museum explores the town’s history during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Ladysmith Siege Museum is dedicated to the four month siege of the town of Ladysmith, South Africa during the Second Anglo-Boer War. The Siege of Ladysmith occurred when, on 30 October 1899, Boer forces under Commandant-General Piet Joubert forced British forces into Ladysmith and surrounded the town. It was not... Read More

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Laing’s Nek Battlefield

Laing’s Nek Battlefield was the site of a major battle in the First Anglo-Boer War.

Laing’s Nek Battlefield in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was the site of a major battle in the First Anglo-Boer War. On 28 January 1881, the British forces under Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley suffered a decisive defeat at the hands of the Boer forces under Commandant-General Piet Joubert. The Battle of Laing’s... Read More

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Majuba Hill

Majuba Hill in South Africa was the site of the final battle of the First Anglo-Boer War.

Majuba Hill in South Africa was the final battlefield of the First Anglo-Boer War. Sometimes known as the Transvaal War, the First Anglo-Boer War was an approximately year-long conflict in which the Boers rejected British annexation of the Transvaal region of South Africa. Approximately 400 British soldiers, made up of the... Read More

Mvezo

Mvezo was the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.

Mvezo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape was the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and is now an open air museum which forms part of the Nelson Mandela Museum.... Read More

National Women’s Memorial - Bloemfontein

The National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein is a Second Anglo-Boer War monument.

The National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein in South Africa commemorates the 26,000 women and children who perished in concentration camps set up by the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War. Depicting an Afrikaner woman holding her child seeing her husband off to war, the National Women’s Memorial is flanked by a... Read More

Qunu

Qunu was the childhood home of South African leader Nelson Mandela and is part of the Nelson Mandela Museum.

Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape was the place where Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood. Today, it forms part of the Nelson Mandela Museum.... Read More

Robben Island

Robben Island was the prison in which Nelson Mandela was held under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa was a notorious prison, best known for its internment of political prisoners during South African apartheid. Its most famous prisoner - prisoner 466/64 - was Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist who would later become the country’s president. Robben Island was... Read More

Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift was the site of a famous British victory in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

Rorke’s Drift in South Africa was the site of a famous battle during the Anglo-Zulu Wars in which 139 British soldiers fiercely and successfully defended the area and their garrison against between four and five thousand Zulu Warriors. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place on 22 January 1879 and was... Read More

Spioenkop battlefield

Spioenkop battlefield in South Africa was the site of a Boer victory in the Second Anglo-Boer War.

Spioenkop battlefield, also known as Spion Kop Battlefield, in South Africa was the site of a British defeat to the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War. The Battle of Spioenkop was an attempt by British forces to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith, in which Boer forces had been surrounding... Read More

The Nelson Mandela Museum

The Nelson Mandela Museum tells the story of one of South Africa’s most iconic leaders.

The Nelson Mandela Museum at the Bhunga Building chronicles the life of South Africa’s iconic former president and his struggle for democracy and the end of the apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela was the leader of South Africa’s ant-apartheid movement who was imprisoned by the government for 27 years on charges of... Read More

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Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria commemorates South Africa’s Boer pioneers.

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa commemorates the exodus of the Boers – Voortrekkers meaning pioneers - from the Cape Colony from 1835 and 1854. Sparked by the British abolition of slavery in all their colonies in 1834, this “Great Trek” resulted in the creation of several republics and laid... Read More