The Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument

The massive Voortrekker Monument, in Pretoria, was built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers) who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854.

The architect was Gerard Moerdijk and it was his ideal to design a "monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants."

The Voortrekker Monument is smaller than the Hotel de Invalides in Paris, the grave of Napoleon, much smaller than the Taj Mahal in India and just an eleventh of the size of the Vlkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig.

In comparison with those buildings, the Voortrekker Monument is definitely not the biggest monument in the world, however the architect purposefully tried to build a massive, impressive monument.

Two elements make the monument a site worth visiting: the Historical Frieze and the Cenotaph Hall.

The unique marble Frieze is an intrinsic part of the design - in bas-relief 27 panels depict the story of the Great Trek from 1835 to 1852. The Frieze does not only show the history of the Great Trek, but also depicts every day life, work methods, religious beliefs and the way of life of the Voortrekkers.

The central focus point of the Monument is the Cenotaph. On top of the Hall of Heroes' is an arch from where one can view the interior of the Monument.

It is through an opening in the arch that the sun shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December each year onto the middle of the Cenotaph and the words, 'We for thee, South Africa'. The ray of sunshine symbolises God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekker

A laager of 64 granite ox-wagons surrounds the main block of the Monument and at the entrance stands a bronze sculpture of a Voortrekker mother and her children created by Anton van Wouw. This was also the last major work by the sculptor.

The gardens surrounding the Monument include many indigenous plants.

A restaurant is situated in the peaceful nature reserve of the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site. Centrally located near all main routes to Pretoria.

Luxuriously furnished, ample parking, quiet area, professional catering are a few of the many features.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Telephone: (012) 326 6770/ 325 7885
Open: Daily

Other Museums
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.

Points of interest close to The Voortrekker Monument:


Weskoppies Hospital

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Life Eugene Marais Hospital

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1 Military Hospital

The main Military Hospital in South Africa.

Life Wilgers Hospital

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Louis Pasteur Private Hospital

Louis Pasteur Private Hospital offers a variety of exceptional and specialized medical services.

Tel: +27 (0)123366000
Mediclinic Medforum

Mediclinic Medforum, a multidisciplinary medical facility, is conveniently situated close to all main access routes to the Pretoria city centre.

Tel: +27 (0)123176700
Netcare Femina Hospital

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Tel: +27 (0)123041700
Steve Biko Pretoria Academic Hospital

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital (formally Pretoria Academic Hospital) is a tertiary healthcare institution, rendering specialized and highly specialized services

Tel: +27 (0)12 354 1000
Denmar Psychiatric Hospital

Denmar Specialist Psychiatric Hospital was the first private psychiatric clinic in Pretoria. It has grown into a 170-bed hospital with an ECT theatre and Day clinic facilities.

Tel: +27 (0)12 993 2015 or 6
Mediclinic Kloof

Mediclinic Kloof is conveniently situated within easy reach of the N1. The hospital offers a broad spectrum of professional medical services.

Tel: +27 12 367 4000
Pretoria Eye Institute

Pretoria Eye Institute was Africa's first private eye hospital and takes pride in its dedicated, specially trained staff, advanced state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified team of experienced ophthalmologists.

Tel: +27 12 427 0000
Netcare Montana Hospital

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Tel: +27 12 523-3000
Netcare Akasia Hospital

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Tel: +27 12 522 1053
Netcare Pretoria East Hospital

Set in spacious grounds to the east of Pretoria, Netcare Pretoria East Hospital is a flagship and ultra-modern facility.

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Life Faerie Glen Hospital

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Netcare Moot Hospital

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Pretoria West Hospital

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Netcare Akasia Hospital

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Tel: +27 (0)125221000
Mediclinic Heart Hospital

Mediclinic Heart Hospital takes pride in the fact that we were the first, and still are, the only hospital of its kind

Tel: +27 12 440 0200
Zuid-Afrikaans Hospitaal

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital is a general, non-profit, independent hospital with a commitment to our fellow-men to provide high-quality patient care.

Tel: 012 343 0300 /1-8
Little Company Of Mary Hospital

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Tel: 012 424 3600
Netcare Jakaranda Hospital

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Tel: +27 (0)124216700
Mamelodi Hospital

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Mediclinic Muelmed

Mediclinic Muelmed offers patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services and has the only private HIV Clinic in Pretoria

Tel: +27 12 440 0600

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

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Tel: +27 12 420 0700

Air Force Base Swartkop

Air Force Base Swartkop is managed as part of AFB Waterkloof and houses one of the three branches of the South African Air Force Museum.


Tshwane Events Centre

Tshwane Events Centre has the capacity, versatility and capability to host any national or international event from 10 to 10 000 guests

Tel: +27(0)12 327 1487
Universities & Colleges

University Of South Africa

University Of South Africa is Africa's leading open distance learning institution.

Tel: +27 (0)124293111
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

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Tel: 086 110 2421

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies)

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Tel: 012-3443805/6/7
Hoërskool Garsfontein

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Tel: +27 12 998 6096
Pretoria Boys High School

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Hoërskool Waterkloof

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