Vortrekker is the Africaan word referring to the original Afrikaan and Dutch pioneers. During 1830-40’s Afrikaan emigrants travelled by horse, bullock and carriage to what is now known as South Africa. The Voortrekker Monument, located south of Pretoria in South Africa commemorates this Great Trek.
The large granite Voortrekker Monument stands proudly on Monument Hill, outside Pretoria in South Africa. It is not just a monument but also home to a beautiful historical Frieze and Cenotaph, statues and amphitheatre. The monument is surrounded by a circular wall, known as a laager, featuring 65 carved wagons representing the strength and courage of the transport method of the time.
The unique marble Frieze is the largest in the world on which tribulations of the Voortrekkers are portrayed. A lovely bronze of an Afrikaner woman and two children stands outside the 40 meter tall granite Voortrekker Monument.
The Cenotaph Hall can house up to 900 people and the surrounding amphitheatre can seat 20,000 which makes it attractive for various events, concerts, church services and other functions. The Voortrekker Monument is an impressive structure with numerous areas of interest, depicting the history of early boers and South Africa’s history.
The Voortrekker Monument is open each day and attracts 20 thousand visitors annually however on 16 December each year the tablet of interest is illuminated by the sun which shines through an open skylight. Crowds obviously are at a maximum then. Heritage Day, celebrated 24 September in South Africa, is often another busy day and markets are often erected.