A Voortrekker Monument

Just outside the city centre of Pretoria, perched on a hill, you’ll find the Voortrekker Monument. On a fairly big area with a restaurant, souvenir shop, museums, cafe, and some animals roaming the grounds, like the zebras we spotted on the way. The monument itself is huge, and I guess that’s what’s most impressive about it… There’s not a lot inside the construction, but you very much get the feeling this is Afrikaaner holy ground. You can walk or take the elevator to the top, where you get views of the surrounding area and Pretoria in the distance. You can climb inside stairs to get even higher, up below the dome ceiling, to have a look of the monument inside down below, or have a closer look at the hole through which the sun shines on the red granite block on the ground floor, symbolising an empty tomb, on December 16 each year. In the basement you’ll find tapestries depicting Great Trek migration scenes.

Being used to travelling with Uber by now, in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, it turned out it was more of a problem here. Uber drivers will not pick you up at the Gautrain station as they are at “war” with the taxi drivers. This meant I had to take a taxi to the Vortrekker Monument, but going back (got dropped off at Church Square), it was not a problem. Just certain areas the taxi drivers are claiming as their territories.

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