6. Constitution Hill
Home to the Constitutional Court – the highest court of the constitution in South Africa – the hill is host to historical buildings and prisons. Daily tours take you through the notorious Number Four prison and women’s jail (below). Here, visitors will see what it was like to live in solitary confinement and how “criminals” were treated during Apartheid. Well-known former inmates here included Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
7. Orlando Towers
Located in the heart of Soweto, the Orlando Towers is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. From bungee jumping off the iconic towers to a SCAD (suspended catch air device) freefall, brace yourself for a faster heart rate. And with other famous landmarks in Soweto just up the road, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink at one of the famous restaurants afterwards. Prices are very reasonable, but be advised that prior booking is essential.
8. Vilakazi Street, Soweto
The most famous road in South Africa once counted Nelson Mandela and former Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as residents. In fact, Tutu still lives on the street. Mandela’s house has been converted into a museum alongside the Hector Peterson museum. Peterson was an iconic figure killed by police during the 1976 student uprising. The street is now home to vibrant and bustling markets and restaurants. It is the one attraction you simply can’t miss.
9. The Lion and Safari Park
With the promise of up close encounters with the king of the jungle, The Lion and Safari Park is a 600-hectare wildlife reserve in Johannesburg. The park boasts the brown and white lion, wild dog and cheetah. There is also a host of buck including gemsbok, springbok, blesbok, sable and nyala. Guided tours are available and guests have access to detailed information on conservation efforts.
Hidden in the upmarket suburb of Rivonia in Johannesburg, Liliesleaf was once the center of the liberation movement in South Africa. It is regarded as one of South Africa’s most incredible heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honoured. In the early 1960s, the property was the headquarters for covert operations and housed many leaders. It was here that Nelson Mandela was arrested in a raid that saw him jailed for 50 years.
– TEXT BY JESSICA LEVITT
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.