The Lion Park and Safari Walk – South Africa

The Lion Park and Safari Walk is located in the Northwest part of South Africa, precisely Johannesburg in the Gauteng province and is situated on a new 600 hectares land in the Cradle of Humankind (a paleoanthropological site).

The park is home to several wildlife animals in the canidae and cat family including Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs and antelope. Prior to this, the reserve was solely dedicated to the housing of only Lions until a decision was taken in 2015 to introduce other Wildlife species and also relocated the animals to the Cradle of Humankind, their current location.

As of 2017, the park had an estimated 80 lions including the very rare white lion which is almost on the brink of extinction. Like most wildlife parks, the animals in the park inhabit different sections of the reserve without mingling and tourists who seek to tour the facility would have to tour these different sections if they want to catch glimpses of all the animals.

For instance, antelopes in the park are found in a section called the Antelope area where they live with other animals like zebra, impala, blesbok and warthog but are very much far away from the more dangerous carnivorous animals like the Lions and Cheetahs.

As a park that prides itself as being a modern reserve that offers great services to tourists, Lion Park boasts of some world standard and amazing facilities within the park including  restaurants, children’s playgrounds and conference centres.

With regards to interactions with animals in the park, authorities banned visitors from cub interaction in 2015 due to the dangers that came with it as spontaneous attacks by mother lionesses were recorded. This was however reintroduced a year later but under very strict supervision after it was realized that the ban on cub interaction had led to a drop in the number of visitors to the park.

Tourists are however allowed to freely have interactions with herbivorous animals like Giraffes and Zebras and even handfeed them with they so wish as these animals pose no danger to visitors while being very friendly towards humans in general.

Touring Johannesburg: The Must-Visit Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg, is arguably the most historic and iconic museums in Johannesburg and South Africa as a whole. The museum which was established after the fall of the infamous apartheid system in 1992, preserves memories of the horrific events that took place during the apartheid era especially in relation to the treatment of Black South Africans and the incarceration of Black political leaders like Nelson Mandela.

Inside the historic museum, tourists can find graphics portraying the apartheid era and how life generally was back in the days. Also there are hundreds of artefacts and replicated monuments from the apartheid era on full display in the museum with the most popular being the segregation entrance which sort to portray how blacks and whites were racially segregated in South Africa, with Blacks having to enter certain places using different entrance from that of the whites.

Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum

The Museum was originally built in 2001 by the South African government under the leadership of Nelson Mandela to remind South Africans of the atrocities of the past and the need to never go back to such a period but rather live in harmony and unity as one people with equal rights and freedom irrespective of race or culture.

As a museum dedicated to the preserving the history of South Africa’s past and teaching people the need not to revisit that dark era, the Apartheid Museum occasionally holds festive events in the course of the year to mark and celebrate the end of apartheid.

The Museum is opened to people of all races and people from all cultural background including non-South Africans who wish to visit the facility to learn a bit about the apartheid history of the Rainbow Nation.

Tourists who intend to visit the museum are advised to make an early reservation, at least a day to the visit in order to get the best experience as the facility is one of the busiest attractions Johannesburg.

13-year old boy shot during Soweto Uprising; all what you need to know about Hector Pieterson Museum

The Hector Pieterson Museum is an iconic and historic museum in urban city of Soweto, Johannesburg built in 2002 and dedicated to the memory of Hector Pieterson, a young black school boy who was shot.

The Museum was built in the same area, exactly two blocks away from where the young school boy was shot and killed by police men during an uprising which has become known as the Soweto Uprising.

His untimely death occurred on 16th June 1976 during a protest by Black Students against the enforcement of teaching and learning in Afrikaan, a local South African language instead of English or a language of their own choice. The protest however turned violent when police personnel opened fire on the students with the young Hector Pieterson who was 13 years at the time getting caught in the cross fire and losing his life through gunshot wounds.

His death was captured on camera by Sam Nzima, a photographer who had gone to cover the protest. The iconic and sorrowful picture of Hector being carried by his sister who was running from the scene caught the eye of the world and drew the world’s attention to the atrocities that was taking place in South Africa under the Apartheid system of governance.

A decade after the fall of the apartheid system in 1992, the state chose to build a museum in memory of the young boy as well as tell the story of the events that led to the infamous Soweto Anti-apartheid uprising.

Hector Pieterson Museum
Hector Pieterson Museum

Tourists who visit the museum today get to learn a great deal about the history of South Africa, especially the events that led to the Soweto uprising, the aftermath and how that single picture of Hector dying in his sister’s arms changed the course of history and empowered the world to come together and speak against apartheid.