Pretoria: Freedom Park

 

One of the largest South African symbols that recognise the struggle for freedom and democracy is located in Pretoria. Freedom Park is located on a 52-hectare site in Salvokop Hill. Freedom Park is a site of remembrance, paying tribute to all deserving South Africans who played a meaningful role in shaping this nation. 

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NEWS

April 22 nd, 2015

Elements

There are a number of interconnected elements that shape the Park. Sikhumbuto, the place of reflecting, consists of six main features: The Reeds, the Gallery of Leaders, the wall of Names, the Sanctuary, the Amphitheatre and the Eternal Flame.

Mveledzo is a spiral path which links all the elements together while Utispanplek is a unique resting spot with a spectacular view. Isivivane is a second major element of the Park, considered the final resting place for freedom fighters that fell in the eight conflicts which shaped our nation.

The Lesaka is a structure of 11 boulders, representing the nine provinces, the national government and the international support for the struggle for humanity and freedom in South Africa. Water is central to cleansing and healing, and there are two water features stationed at both entrances to Isivivane for washing of hands as a mark of respect.

The Hapo Museum is located within the Park. The name is from the Khoi word meaning ‘dream’. This element draws the site together to present a united whole. Hapo tells the story of Southern Africa, dating back 3.6 million years, unfolding over seven areas. This is an interactive space which allows for live interpretation, performance and storytelling. Hapo emphasises the creativity, inventiveness, resilience and spirit of our nation, liberating the voice of Africa.

Tours

Freedom Park opens at 8am and closes at 4:30pm. Arrange a tour directly with Freedom Park and embark on a journey of remembrance, reconciliation and self-discovery. Alternatively, obtain a map and go on a self-guided tour.

Visitors can arrange tours directly with Freedom Park, the tour guides take everyone on a journey of remembrance, reconciliation and self-discovery. Visitors can also get maps that will guide them on self-guided tours.

Admission

Adults 
Hapo Museum and Garden of Remembrance: R90
Hapo Museum: R60
Garden of Remembrance: R45
Children 5-12 and pensioners 60 years and over
Hapo Museum and Garden of Remembrance: R70
Hapo Museum: R45
Garden of Remembrance: R25


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