Today is the "Independence Day" of South Africa, and it was on this day of 1994 that the first Constitution in South Africa promoting racial equality took effect. Therefore, the date became the National Day of South Africa. It was also on this date that Nelson Mandela, father of South Africa, was elected as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The Nobel Laureate in Peace Desmond Tutu said "It felt like 'falling in love' on that day." For South African people, April 27th, "Independence Day", is the date that we are most proud of.
For South African people, the "Independence Day" in 1994 witnessed the end of the long-lasting "apartheid" and the start of a new life of freedom and equality. So, the Apartheid Museum is the best destination to visit on "Independence Day". In the museum, the history of South Africa under apartheid as well as Nelson's life stories are vividly shown through pictures, words, videos, comics and other approaches, telling visitors how South Africa turned from a country that "drew a clear line between black and white", to the "Rainbow Nation" we now see today. What a great achievement credit to all South Africans who help nurture this incredible unity.
"Hapo" means "dream" in Khoi, a language in South Africa. Located in the Freedom Park in Pretoria, it shows visitors the colourful history of the African continent and South Africa from an African perspective, with impressive interactive displays that allow visitors to become naturally immersed in the wonders and the awe-inspiring history.
Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
Located in the nature reserve at the south of Pretoria, the Museum can be easily reached via expressway from Johannesburg, Pretoria and O.R. Tambo International Airport. In the Museum, a fort that had gone through the Anglo-Boer War has been fully restored and is now on exhibition, telling visitors about the wonderful adventures of the pioneers who came to the inland of South Africa in early days. In addition, the nature reserve, which is home to oryx, zebra, impala, meerkat and many other wildlife, it is a good choice for getting close to nature and wildlife.
2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. It would be remarkable to visit these historical sites on "Independence Day" when traveling in South Africa.A Nation so committed to a united South Africa, makes the “Rainbow Nation” so incredibly unique and is a place that you should visit at least once in your life time, and experience a place with deep rich history and culture with a bright future for all going forward.