Things To Do in GroenkloofFort Schanskop
Where? Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng
When? Monday to Sunday from 08h00 to 17h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 326-6770
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Fort Schanskop situated on a hillside of Pretoria was designed by Germans architects to protect Pretoria against possible attacks from the Johannesburg railway line and national road. The fort was the initiative of the then 'Zuid-Afrikaasche Republiek' (ZAR) President Paul Kruger after the Jameson Raid in 1896.
The fort was completed in 1897 and declared a historic national monument in 1938. Revolving artillery was mounted onto the Fort embankment warding off possible attacks from any angle. A 200kg bust statue of Commandant-General Piet Joubert stands on 2 tons of granite inside the fort, he was in charge of the defence of the ZAR from 1880. Precision architecture in a panoramic setting with decorative brickwork and cannons makes for interesting historic exploration.