The Voortrekker Monument is situated in Pretoria and it tells the story of the Voortrekkers that moved out of the Cape to get away from the British. It was not an easy journey, there was adventure, innovation, hardships, fear, anger, joy, camaraderie, conflict, pain, drama, etc.
We can take you on a specialised tour through the monument and then we discuss this period in depth.
What can you see at the monument?
The Voortrekker Monument is the second most visited tourist attraction in South Africa.
This tour is at the Rhino and Lion Park.
This is one of the many day tours that Flycatcher Travel & Tours has on offer.
Contact us for more information.
Here at Flycatcher Travel & Tours, we recently went for training.
The first set of training was behind the scenes at the Culture History Museum. The training was about furniture. We learned a lot!
The second training was at the Voortrekker monument. We are now accredited Voortrekker monument guides. We also work part-time at the Voortrekker monument as specialist guides – conducting tours.
You can also have a peep at our new updated website.
The Soutpansberg is the most northern mountains of Limpopo. The range is named after the salt pans that lie in the foothills to the west. The range is 130 km long. The highest peaks are Hanglip at 2550 m and Lejuma at 1753 m. There are a number of rock art sites and 467 bird species.
The Waterberg is 150 km long and is part of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. There are many breathtaking natural features and it is a popular hiking destination.
Blouberg, Wolkberg and Magoebaskloof are smaller, but not less beautiful. Magoebaskloof has fantastic mountain scenery.
The Springbok Flats is an extensive plain in Limpopo, South Africa. The southern border is the Pienaars River where it crosses the N1 from Tshwane to Polokwane.
The plain is 80 km wide and 130 km long and the altitude is 1000 m above sea level.
It is a farming region, but the name of the Springbok Flats is a reminder of the great herds that once populated the plain.
The Nylsvley Nature Reserve and wetlands also forms part of the Springbok Flats.
Blouberg Nature Reserve near Vivo in Limpopo province, South Africa, is a provincial park.
The reserve is in the arid bushveld region and a part of the reserve is mountainous. The topography is varying from mountains to plains. You can see interesting Baobab trees here!
The reserve has a number of animals and a bird list of 232 species. The flagship for the reserve is the Cape Vulture. The breeding colony hosts more than 800 breeding pairs.
The reserve has a vulture restaurant with a hide, a network of roads and accommodation. The roads leading to the reserve is in good condition.
The lion park in Gauteng has moved a couple of kilometers to a brand new premise. It is now in North West Province and it is between Lanseria and Hartbeespoort, inside the cradle of humankind.
The new place is world class with restaurants, guided game drives, cheetah walks, shops, photographic center and friendly staff.
They are open everyday of the year between 08.00 and 21.00. (www.lionandsafaripark.com)
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is situated close to the town of Heidelberg in Gauteng, South Africa.
The reserve is a mixture of grassland and mountains. There is 68 km of good tarred roads, which can be driven in a circular way. Halfway is an attractive picnic site with ablution facilities.
The reserve has some animals, but I have never seen much. Some of the popular activities include bird watching, cycling, day hikes and overnight hiking.
The reserve is on the highveld, which means that it is cold and dry in winter and in the summer you can encounter a thunderstorm. You must take everything you need with you to the reserve, since there is no shop or restaurant.
So, I decided to fly in a hot air balloon. It is a very early morning start and you arrive at the base, from where you will fly, when it is still dark.
You receive a warm welcome on arrival and then you can relax with coffee and biscuits, while watching how they set the balloon up. Once the balloon is full of hot air, you can proceed to the basket.
After completing and practicing the safety procedures, the flight begins. For me, it was a big moment when the balloon took off. You get a sense of weightlessness and while you hang in the air, you watch the sunrise and you listen to the silence around you. It is a wonderful nature moment.
Another bonus is that you can ask the pilot all your questions. The flight is not high and the flame that create the hot air, keep you warm.
You ride the air stream for a while and then you land somewhere in die fields. A land support team follows the flight. When the flight land, they are there and you are entertained with champagne and juice while watching how they pack up the balloon.
You get transported back to the base, and they treat you further with breakfast and a certificate. I went with Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris (balloon.co.za).
Wits are the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. There is interesting things to do for the public on campus. I have made a list of 5 interesting things:
1. Origins Centre:
The centre starts with the origin of humankind in Africa and then moves through the development of art, symbolism and technology. It also covers the San rock art and more recent rock art of Khoekhoen and Bantu-speakers. They make use of displays and videos and you have a handset speaker guide. (www.origins.org.za)
2. Origins Shop:
This shop is different from the other shops at these places. They have an excellent book collection with a focus on rock art and the origins of humanity in Africa. You cannot miss the shop if you go through the Origins Centre.
3. The Café Fino Coffee Shop:
The coffee shop is funky and so are the waiters. They serve coffee, cake and light meals. They are open on weekdays. (www.cafefino.co.za)
4. The Planetarium:
The Planetarium is walking distance from the Origins Centre and it offers regular shows for children and adults. It is one of my favourite places and I once did an astronomy course there. (www.planetarium.co.za)
5. Wits Art Museum:
If you drive out of the campus gate and up in the street, then you will find the Art Museum. The museum is free of charge, but you can make a donation. They had 3 different exhibitions going on when I was there. There is a friendly lady that works there, and you can ask her all your questions. (www.wits.ac.za/wam/)
At the Origins Centre and the Planetarium you must pay an entrance fee and you can park on campus. Everything is together and it can keep you busy for a day.
I am the owner of Flycatcher Travel and my idea with this blog is to report on sites that we visit. I am also very interested in South African history.