FREE PLACES TO SPEND HERITAGE DAY WEEKEND IN SOUTH AFRICA
Once a year, there is a day dedicated to the celebration and acknowledgement of South Africans and their diverse cultures, beliefs and traditions – that day, being Heritage Day. Being a rainbow nation, South Africans choose to honour heritage day in various different ways, be it a braai (‘Braai Day’ is an alternative term for Heritage Day and is designed to promote togetherness by cooking and eating a meal with people around the braai), a traditional gathering spent reminiscing values and beliefs, or a trip to one of South Africa’s many heritage sites.
Many places and organisations have opened their doors to the public for FREE during Heritage Week, encouraging people to explore the history of South Africa. SANParks and Iziko Museums are just two organisations that have jumped on board to get people around South Africa involved in the cultural history of our rainbow nation. In addition, there are a host of other activities that South Africans in Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal can enjoy at no cost, so if you’re pondering an activity over the Heritage Day weekend, perhaps one of these ideas might inspire you.
- Museum Africa – Explore the rich history of South Africa this Heritage Day. Go back through many generations to discover how Africa developed as a whole.
- Sylvia’s Night Market – In honour of Heritage Day, this market is offering a heritage-themed vibe for people to enjoy into the night. The market is on Sunday and there is no work on Monday for most, so it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a good night out celebrating South Africa’s diversity.
- Live Sundowners feat: Pamela Mpanza – Enjoy an exclusive African experience at the African Chef, on Sunday from 18:00, showcasing the incredibly talented vocalist, Pamela Mpanza.
- The Apartheid Museum – This is an activity that speaks for itself. If you’re looking to spend Heritage Day the traditional way, head to the museum and discover the rise and fall of apartheid, and the impact it had and continues to have on South Africa.
- Bontebok National Park – One of the SANParks open on 24 September. If you’re in the area, make sure you visit this park, nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. The park forms part of the Cape Floristic Region – a World Heritage Site.
- Simon’s Town Museum – Join like-minded people in a walk of remembrance against the tragedy of forced removals that hit Simon’s Town in 1965. Organised by Simon’s Town Museum and the Project Phoenix committee, the guided walk will begin at the Luyolo village site at 09:15 on Sunday.
- Willowbridge Heritage Day Market – Head out to this market with family and friends from 9:00 am to 3:00pm on Sunday and enjoy an array of local arts and crafts, food stalls and great live entertainment.
- Iziko Museums of Cape Town – Iziko museums are free to visit during Heritage Week. Find out where the closest museum is to you and join in the fun and festivities planned for the In-Herit Festival 2017.
- Phansi Museum – Explore the heritage of the Ndebele at the Postmodern NDEBELE exhibition, hosted by the Phansi Museum on Saturday, 23 September from 10:00 am.
- Durban Botanical Garden – If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Heritage Day, why not spend it in this tranquil setting, surrounded by some of South Africa’s most beautiful flora.
- The Morning Trade Market – Take a leisurely stroll through this divine market situated in the heart of Durban. It’s free to look, but temptation will definitely kick in, so leave your wallet at home if you’re easily persuaded.
- Old Court Museum – Unravel a huge portion of Durban’s history in this museum. There are a number of displays and art pieces to keep you entertained. Unfortunately, they aren’t open on Sunday but be sure to visit on Saturday.
As they say… the best things in life are free, and rightly so. If you plan to spend your weekend exploring one of these spots, make sure you have suitable transport arrangements in place that will get you from A to B, safely. Citiliner would like nothing more than to be your driving companion, while you spend your day exploring the history of South Africa.
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