Each year, South Africans commemorate Freedom Day on 27 April, the day the country held its first democratic elections (in 1994). In celebration of this momentous event, why not use this public holiday to explore the amazing history, culture, and beauty that South Africa has to offer.
From historical landmarks to restaurants, we’ve got some ideas to inspire your Freedom Day activities around Mzansi!
Take a trip to Robben Island: In partnership with Google Maps, the Island has launched an app that will enable visitors to experience an Island tour in their own time. You can do so with an audio “tour guide” in hand. https://bit.ly/3LH0oPe
Visit Franschhoek: Filled with a history that pre-dates Freedom Day, this cultural hub in the Western Cape, is the place closest to where Nelson Mandela spent his final days in prison. A sight that you simply won’t miss is the statue of Nelson Mandela that stands outside the prison gates.
Have a braai: Get out there and celebrate with fellow South Africans. Why not host a braai with friends at home. If you’re looking for a great vibe, head over to Mzoli’s Place (Guguletu) – they will serve this with ‘the best’ Shisanyama around.
Enjoy the country’s public gardens: Why not head to the Botanical Gardens for a picnic with your family.
Visit Maboneng Precinct: Over the last few years, the Maboneng precinct has been transformed into one of Johannesburg’s most fun and vibrant suburbs. You can spend the day wandering around the art galleries and shops before unwinding at one of the many unique restaurants and coffee shops.
Cook a traditional dish: South African cuisine reflects the character of our rainbow nation. Many traditional recipes can easily be made at home. For example, preparing traditional bobotie or koeksisters.
The Midlands Meander: is a collection of tourist routes in KwaZulu-Natal offering stunning accommodation, arts and crafts, fine cuisine and so much more! Why not take a drive out to some of the local restaurants and gift shops along this route.
If you’re into cinema, check these must-watch movies:
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Tells the story of one of the greatest men that ever lived, Nelson Mandela. It is based on the 1995 autobiographical book by the former South African President.
Winnie Mandela. Chronicles her life from her childhood through her marriage to her husband Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. Released in 2011.
Sarafina! Based on a character called Sarafina. It stars Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani, Mbongeni Ngema, and Whoopi Goldberg.
No matter where and how you celebrate this Public Holiday, AIB would like to wish you a wonderful Freedom Day.