Historic sites in South Africa

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in South Africa and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in South Africa and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in South Africa you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in South Africa, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

South Africa: Site Index

Anglo-Boer War Museum

The Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein explores the history of the Second Anglo-Boer War.

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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg tells the story of South Africa’s apartheid regime and how it eventually fell.

Battle of Blood River Memorial

The Battle of Blood River Memorial commemorates a fierce clash between the Boers and the Zulus in 1838.

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Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

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District Six

District Six was a thriving multicultural area in Cape Town, South Africa until it was destroyed by apartheid.

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District Six Museum

The District Six Museum is dedicated to the history of District Six, an area destroyed during the Apartheid.

Geelbecks River Blockhouse

Mortared stonework type blockhouse, 12km North of Laingsburg, and right next to the N1 national highway (motorway) between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Isandlwana Battlefield

Isandlwana Battlefield was the site of a British defeat in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

Ladysmith Siege Museum

The Ladysmith Siege Museum explores the town’s history during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

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Laing’s Nek Battlefield

Laing’s Nek Battlefield was the site of a major battle in the First Anglo-Boer War.

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Majuba Hill

Majuba Hill in South Africa was the site of the final battle of the First Anglo-Boer War.


Mvezo was the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.

National Women’s Memorial - Bloemfontein

The National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein is a Second Anglo-Boer War monument.


Qunu was the childhood home of South African leader Nelson Mandela and is part of the Nelson Mandela Museum.

Robben Island

Robben Island was the prison in which Nelson Mandela was held under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift was the site of a famous British victory in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

Spioenkop battlefield

Spioenkop battlefield in South Africa was the site of a Boer victory in the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Nelson Mandela Museum

The Nelson Mandela Museum tells the story of one of South Africa’s most iconic leaders.

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Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria commemorates South Africa’s Boer pioneers.