Driven by the necessity for the diverse people of South Africa and the world to understand and appreciate the countrys struggle for liberation, The Freedom Park was born as a national and international icon of humanity and freedom.
The Freedom Park, with its Garden of Remembrance, is located on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop Hill at the entrance into Tshwane (Pretoria) from Johannesburg.
The uphill climbs and winding roads serve a very symbolic purpose at The Freedom Park: it stands as a testimony to the arduous road that South Africans had to travel to reach their destination of humanity and freedom. Golf carts are available for the disabled and elderly.
The Park is being constructed in phases and are currently busy with //hapo, an interactive space that will tell the story of the Southern African region dating back 3.6 billion years. //hapo will also house the official welcoming and reception area.
The Wall of Names currently bears 75,000 names of those who died fighting for humanity and freedom in South Africa. The wall has space for 136,000 names to be inscribed. The Wall of Names is not constructed as a fait accompli and allows future generations to add the names of their deserving heroes and heroines.
The Elements of the Park
Situated on the eastern side of the hill is Isivivane the resting place for the spirits of those who died in the struggles for humanity and freedom. The concept of Isivivane is derived from the word viva, which means to come together in a group.
On the crest of Salvokop, subtly blending into the curves of the hill, nestles Sikhumbuto - The Freedom Parks major memorial element. It stands as a testimony to the various conflicts that have shaped the South Africa of today and commemorates those who have sacrificed their lives for humanity and freedom.
The concept of Sikhumbuto is drawn from siSwati nomenclature and signifies a place of remembrance for those who have died and also a place for invoking their assistance in current and future affairs.
A high-level hospitality suite, which will be used for presidential and diplomatic functions, currently being used as a temporary exhibition space.
Mveledzo is a spiral path, which links all the elements of The Freedom Park together. It has been designed in such a way that visitors are taken on a contemplative journey in the serenity of the natural landscape as they walk between Isivivane and Sikhumbuto.
Uitspanplek is a peaceful place where families can spend the day together or where visitors to the Park can relax after a tour. The tranquility of this area, with its panoramic view over the city, makes for an ideal reflective space.
//hapo (under construction)
The name //hapo means dream, which has been drawn from a Khoi proverb that translates into A dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community.
//hapo an interactive exhibition space - will explore the rich and colourful history of the southern tip of Africa in narrative and visual form within a historical context spanning 3.6 billion years.
Pan African Archives (under construction)
In the Pan African Archives (PAA) the Freedom Park Trusts research data will be stored, conserved and made available to the general public, including printed information and electronic archives of audio, visual and text formats.
The PAA will be a respected collector of materials on the themes reflected in //hapo, covering the struggles for freedom and humanity.
Tiva (to be constructed)
A large body of water that will be clearly visible on the slope of the hill, symbolising peace, tranquility and serenity.
Water - the essence of life - features prominently in cleansing and healing rituals. Tiva is envisaged to be a large body of water, clearly visible on the slope of the hill, symbolising peace, tranquility and serenity.
Tours & Contact
The Freedom Park is currently open to the public and tours take place daily at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00. Tours take between one and a half to two hours, depending on the number of visitors.
Tel +27 (0)12 336 4000
Other Pretoria Museums, Monuments & Landmarks provide a glimpse of the rich history and culture of the city and South Africa.
Where to Stay
Accommodation in Greater Tswane-Pretoria Area are found in the cities of:
* Pretoria with suburbs such as Arcadia, Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Hatfield, Lynnwood and Silver Lakes.
* Centurion with suburbs such as Centurion Central, Clubview, Eldoraigne and Irene.