On the 27th of April South Africa celebrates Freedom Day. It is an annual commemoration and celebration of the first post-apartheid democratic elections held on that day in 1994. During apartheid voting rights were limited for non white South Africans. This year, South Africa celebrates 21 years of freedom.
Many South Africans use the national holiday to remind themselves of the struggles that faced the country in the past and to reflect on the future of this beautiful country. Below we have some great ideas to commemorate Freedom Day and to celebrate the many different cultures that make up our diverse country.
The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill opened in 2001. The apartheid museum is the first of its kind and chronicles the rise and fall of the apartheid regime. A visit to the museum is imperative for anyone who wants to gain more insight into life in a racially divided South Africa. This thought provoking and emotional journey takes you through South Africa’s dark past and brings you to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Rainbow Nation. A tour of the Apartheid Museum leaves visitors inspired and hopeful for the future of South Africa.
Robben Island played an important role in the history of South Africa. In the past the island has been a leper colony and a World War Two fortress but it is most well known as a prison. Robben Island was home to South Africa’s political prisoners including the late former president Nelson Mandela, former president Kgalema Motlanthe and current president Jacob Zuma.
Today Robben Island has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Africa. Visitors are ferried from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the island where they experience a guided tour. Tours run daily from Monday to Sunday. Robben Island is another beacon of hope in South Africa’s colourful history. A unique symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice. Make sure you book a day tour the next time you visit South Africa.
Please note that tours to Robben Island are weather permitting and subject to availability.
South Africa – The Rainbow Nation
South Africa is made up of a diverse mixture of cultures and ethnic groups. The country is called the Rainbow Nation for this very reason. People of all shades and creeds share in the identity of being a South African. Although many cultural traditions have been replaced with more modern substitutes, there are still villages scattered across the country that observe the traditions of their ancestors.
Shakaland is the home of King Shaka, the famous Zulu leader and warrior. You can enjoy a guided tour of the Zulu village where you will be taught about Zulu traditions, rituals and the day to day living of the tribe. You will witness the women weaving beautiful straw baskets and the men of the village making traditional spears. Zulu dancers are well known for their fast paced dancing and high kicks. Be entertained by the beating drums and the skillful dancers while lunch is being served. If you are brave enough, try some of the traditional Zulu beer brewed by the villagers themselves.
The Lesedi Cultural Village is a multicultural living display of five traditional ethnic homesteads. You will have the opportunity to observe and interact with the local families as they show off their way of life. This cultural village epitomises the spirit of Ubuntu as all cultures come together with warm hospitality. Before the end of the tour you will be treated to a traditional buffet lunch.
Set a day aside on your visit to South Africa to enjoy the Cape Town Heritage Tour. This thought provoking tour starts in the colourful Bo-Kaap (the historic Cape-Malay quarter) and continues to the legendary District Six, Cape Town’s oldest township. Here you will be entertained by traditional dancers, enjoy local delicacies and many other fascinating things. Should the weather allow you will also be taken on a guided tour of Robben Island.
Did you know that former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 year prison sentence on Robben Island. – Tweet This
South Africa has come a long way as a nation and you can be sure that there will be many people making the most of Freedom Day. If you find yourself in the country during this period be sure to explore the rich history and celebrate the new South Africa. Contact the friendly travel consultants at eAfrica Safari Tours to arrange your day tour today.