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Hector Pieterson Memorial & Museum
The Hector Pieterson Memorial is located in Soweto and stands to commemorate Hector Pieterson, a 13 year old student that was killed during the student uprisings of the 1970‘s. Following his death he came to symbolise the youth resistance to apartheid and this memorial serves to honour not just Hector Pieterson but all of the 566 students that died during this uprising. The memorial stands on Khumalo Street, a few hundred metres from where the boy was shot on 16th June 1976 on Orlando Street. It was erected during the late 1990’s and forms part of the organised tourist tours of Soweto where it is now a popular tourist attraction. It was officially opened on 16th June 2002, along with the nearby museum where visitors can discover more about the life of the boy behind the memorial. The memorial is in the form of a red granite stone slab. The red colour is the same colour as the bricks that were used to construct the museum and represents the red colour of the houses that dominate the area.
The Sterkfontein Caves are a World Heritage Site and home to the famous Mrs Ples, a Australopithecus africanus, whose fossilised remains were discovered in the upper levels in 1947. Until now, about 500 human ancestor specimens have been excavated. Findings of about 1.5 to 2 million years old stone tools are considered to be the earliest cultural remains yet found in southern Africa. The lower levels of the caves which are open to the public contain an underground lake and limestone formations.
Letamo Game Farm
Located in the region of the Cradle of Humankind, the Letamo Game Reserve consists of varied habitats which allow for it to house a large selection of buck species, hippos, Zebras and more. There is also more than 160 species of bird life and some dams. Facilities include the Forum Homini hotel, which is also home to Roots restaurant. Within a 10km radius are 13 archaeological sites to explore, including the Sterkfontein caves.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve offers day visitors a kiosk, curio shop, restaurant, play park, snake displays, barbecue facilities and swimming pool. Opening hours are daily from 08h00 - 15h45. For those planning a stay-over there is a rest camp which offers self-catering chalets and log cabins. Activities such as abseiling, game drives and horse trails can be arranged. There is also an Animal Crèche and the Reserve features various species of buck, hippos, ostriches, cheetahs, lions, crocodiles and more. The reserve has an observatory and full details of events and pricing are available at the web site. Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is home to the Wonder Cave which is estimated to be 1.5 million years old and reaches a depth of about 60m. The cave is accessible by elevator and includes a number of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The reserve is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Cradle of Humankind".