Top 10s Historical sites in the Eastern Cape
The children of the Eastern Cape welcome you.
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1The Nelson Mandela Museum
The displays highlight Nelson Mandela’s personal and political journey and include 3 sites in Mthatha, Mveso and Qunu. The Mthatha site is closed for renovation and is expected to open late in 2013. Meanwhile, the Mandela exhibition from the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha will be moved to the Qunu site.
This quintessential Karoo town is officially the 4th-oldest town in South Africa and boasts and impressive collection of historical buildings. It is also the birthplace of famous freedom fighter, Robert Sobukwe.
3The Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth
Located in the Red Location shack settlement, this museum is a monument to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and an interactive endeavour that serves the surrounding community.
4Voting Line Statue, Donkin Reserve, Port Elizabeth
Celebrating our first democratic elections in 1994, this metal cut-out statue also pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, first president and father of the New South Africa.
5Saartjie Baartman in Hankey
Saartjie Baartman, a Khoi woman who was paraded and died in Europe in the 1800s and whose remains were flown back to rest on a hill above Hankey, is the icon of the area.
6Amathole Museum, King William's Town
Visit the famous hippo called Huberta who travelled long distances, see the Xhosa cultural displays and 1820 Settler memorabilia.
7Olive Schreiner Museum, Cradock
This famous author who wrote ‘The Story of an African Farm’ lived here in 1 of the oldest buildings in town, which has since been turned into a museum.
8East London Museum
The East London Museum is home of 'Old Four Legs' - the strange, prehistoric coelacanth - and to relics of the many ships wrecked along the Wild Coast.
9Cradock 4 Memorial Gardens
The history of the Cradock 4 is part of the anti-apartheid struggle legend. And a walk through Lingelihle township in Cradock reveals a new and uplifting spirit of ubuntu.
10Albany Museum Complex, Grahamstown
This museum complex consists of 5 museums including the Natural Science Museum, the Observatory Museum, Provost Prison and Fort Selwyn.