Hiking at the Voortrekker Monument.
If climbing the 299 granite steps from the carpark to the top of this historic monument is not enough exercise for you than why not go walking on one the many trails in the surrounding nature reserve. You can hike through grasslands and bushveld on routes of varying lengths and strenuousness, in shade and sun, with panoramic views of Pretoria and the chance to spot game like Burchell’s zebra and Impala. A qualified guide will enrich your experience of the area, giving you a sense of the controversy around the monument arising from South Africa’s complex history. They’ll also provide fascinating insight into the medicinal value and folklore of the trees and other flora that you will encounter on the trail.
The hill-top Voortrekker Monument, with its interesting design features, statues and marble friezes contrasts starkly with the undulating landscape that surrounds it. There is a strong sense of drama and history and hiking here is certainly one of the highlights of a visit to Pretoria.