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Situated in one of South Africa’s most scenic of places, the Hartenbos Museum exhibits everything Voortrekker-related as well as provides information on the history of Hartenbos town. The Voortrekkers were Dutch colonists who tried to escape British rule by travelling inland in what is today known as the Great Trek. This epic journey began in 1838 and lasted 13 years, and is immortalised at the Hartenbos Museum, as is the lifestyle of the people who participated.
The museum is divided up into sections that tell a story from the time of preparing for the trek, to the daily tasks and the many challenges they faced. Dioramas of men repairing a wagon to women and children preparing meals bring the scenes to life, while many of the tools and products on display are authentic and collected over many years. These include household items, clothing and weaponry. An interesting exhibit is that of the laager formation, a method... Show more