Heritage sites in Gauteng

September is Tourism Month in South Africa and this year’s theme is ‘A million new opportunities await”. September is also Heritage Month in South Africa providing the opportunity to explore Gauteng’s heritage sites.

Although the Cradle of Humankind is Gauteng’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the Moja Heritage Collection highlights South Africa’s key heritage attractions such as

Constitution Hill was originally built as a fort under Paul Kruger, but became notorious as a prison during the apartheid era. Some of the famous prisoners who were incarcerated there include Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Fatima Meer.

The Apartheid Museum tells the story of how the human spirit triumphed over adversity and oppression. It is a must for anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like.

The Cullinan Diamond Mine in Tshwane is the site where some of the world’s most renowned diamonds were found, including the Cullinan I and the Cullinan II which are set in the British Crown Jewels.

The James Hall Museum of Transport is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa and was established in 1964. It showcases some of the most interesting and rare land transport vehicles used in the history of Southern Africa.

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Image courtesy of Gauteng Tourism Authority

Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, was Nelson Mandela’s house from 1946 until he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. The house preserves the history and legacy of the Mandela Family. Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates have lived.

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site which includes Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves encompasses 200 caves holding some of the world’s most valuable fossils, many dating back three million years. World news will emerge from this site this month.

For more information, visit http://www.portfoliocollection.com/heritage-collection and http://inafricaandbeyond.com