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A helicopter flip is our suggested first introduction of Freedom Park, to provide a lovely aerial perspective of the 52ha Park perched on top of Salvo Hill just outside of Pretoria city centre.
Freedom Park was an ambitious but highly successful project undertaken in 2004 to not only honour those who fought for freedom but also an exploration into the mixed bag of cultures that makes South Africa so unique. The park reflects on the major events in South African history, from the beginning of the apartheid era to the present and how they impacted on the country’s citizens.
The impressive Garden of Remembrance contains plants from all regions of South Africa and the S'khumbuto memorial, a bunker-like structure that houses the Gallery of Leaders. Outside is the Wall of Names of those who died in their fight for freedom, an amphitheatre and an eternal flame. Also in the gardens is an area set aside for meditation. A magnificent work of art is the reeds, high poles spaced out to form a winding spiral. At night, the lights on the poles create a magical effect.
One can spend hours in the //hapo museum, the word meaning dream in Khoi language. The museum is divided into 7 ages, from early civilisation and on through the colonisation, slavery and industrial eras before finally ending where the country is today, in an era of freedom and reconciliation.
The best option when visiting is to take a scheduled tour to fully appreciate this contemporary tribute to our heritage. Freedom Park is a 15 minute walk from the Gautrain, a high-speed train service between Pretoria and the OR Tambo International Airport (and via Johannesburg).
Freedom Day is a public holiday in April and a visit to Freedom Park would be an appropriate way of celebrating the day.