Designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk and built between 1937 and 1949, the Voortrekker Monument is a massive granite structure erected in the memory of the Voortrekkers, colonists who set out from the Cape Colony to explore the interior of South Africa. The monument is an impressive 40 metres (131 feet) high and dominates the hilltop on which it sits overlooking Pretoria. Its main points of interests are the domed Hall of Heroes, containing the largest marble frieze in the world, and the Cenotaph, on which a ray of sunlight falls at midday on December 16 to commemorate the vow made at the Battle of Blood River. The monument was declared a National Heritage Site in 2011.
Voortrekker Monument, Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 326 6770
The Erasmus Castle, also known as ‘The Haunted House’ is a Victorian Art Nouveau mansion now privately owned by Armscor (whose equally impressive headquarters right next door can be seen when travelling south on the N1 Highway). The Castle, which has been fully renovated, was built in the Stick style and is a combination of the Gothic Revival Pointed (1840s) and the Queen Anne (1880-1910) styles. Public tours are by arrangement only, but worth the effort to view the well-preserved interior, and perhaps encounter the resident ghost, known for leaving lights lit and moaning at night.