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Sharpeville township, a Sedibeng attraction, is where Nelson Mandela signed South Africa's historic democratic constitution.
Sedibeng, Gauteng, is a predominantly rural area south of Johannesburg. South African War sites and the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve are major Sedibeng attractions, while the Vaal River provides an endless source of activities in the Sedibeng region.
Heidelberg is a key town in Sedibeng, Gauteng, not only because of its agricultural richness, but also because of its interesting history. It started out as a trading station, but rose to fame on 16 December 1880 when the Boers (Dutch-speaking farmers) raised their flag here in defiance of British authority - the same day the South African War began.
The town later became the capital of the Boer republic and the British eventually established a concentration camp here for Boer women and children. These graves can be seen at the camp cemetery. Delve further into this history with a tour of old British blockhouses, battle sites, and war memorials.
Heidelberg lies at the foothills of the Suikerbosrand, a ridge that also features the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to 200 bird species and several mammal species, including wildebeest, hyena and a number of buck. Beautiful hiking trails meander through the ridge, offering breathtaking highveld views.
South Africa's more recent past is best explored at Sharpeville, the township that was the scene of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 when a peaceful protest turned violent. Visit the Sharpeville Memorial or the permanent exhibit at Vereeniging's Vaal Teknorama Museum for insights into this tragic event.
A visit to Sedibeng isn't complete without stopping at the Vaal River. This important provincial waterway is a leisure hotspot, with a range of watersports on offer as well as arts and crafts markets, galleries, restaurants, golf courses and a casino complex.
Round off your trip at the charming village of Henley-on-Klip. Its pretty, oak-lined streets are particularly stunning in autumn, while its riverside setting provides ample photographic opportunities.
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