25 Years of Travel
It's 2019 and South Africa is celebrating 25 years of democracy.
Looking back at the last quarter-century, South Africa has reached plenty of milestones. From Madiba's inauguration in 1994 to hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there's been key moments that have seen the nation at it's best.
In celebration of these moments, Traveller24 and South African Tourism are partnering to take you to the places that shaped our democracy.
Tracing the places that shaped our Democracy
On 27 April 1994, all legally eligible South Africans regardless of race or gender were able to cast their vote for the first time to mark the end of apartheid rule and establish a new democratic state.
After the elections, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first democratic President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 10 May 1994.
"The task at hand will not be easy, but you have mandated us to change South Africa from a land in which the majority lived with little hope, to one in which they can live and work with dignity, with a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the future."
By definition, the term "democracy" can be broken down to it's Greek roots which are demos (people) and kratia (power) and more formally it translates to "a system of government by the whole population."
So at the heart of any democracy lies the people and it's the people of Mzanzi that are truly able to retell the highlights of the last 25 years.
By tracking across the country, we collected stories from people from all corners of South Africa in all nine provinces. Some stories were defined by historic moments, others by symbolic places and others just by beautiful landscapes.
From the blooming art scene in Cape Town to the sounds of Gqom in Durban to the serenity of the savannahs in Limpopo, there's no one place that can define our country's diverse identity.
Join us in our journey as we capture the rich mosaic of what South Africa has become over the last 25 years.