ATKV Hartenbos Museum of the Great Trek

Museums in or near Hartenbos, Garden Route in the Garden Route, South Africa.

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Where? Kaap De Goede Hoop Laan, Hartenbos, Garden Route, Western Cape

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The ATKV-Hartenbos Museum of the Great Trek documents the Voortrekkers - the Boers (Dutch farmers) who famously moved en-masse from the Cape in 1838 in search of land away from the stranglehold of Colonial rule. The Voortrekkers took everything they had, including cattle, oxen, furniture and horses - and moved over mountains and over rivers to new places of settlement.

The Museum commemorates the Symbolic Ox Wagon Trek of 1938 - the re-enactment of the event that took place in its centenary year. The ATKV Hartenbos Museum boasts a fine collection of historical artifacts, including ox wagons, weapons, household implements and clothing etc Preparing for the Great Trek:

Outspan (camping and relaxing) at the end of a day`s journey:
Repairing the ox wagons;
Building a laager (the traditional camp in which the wagons were drawn onto a circle for protection against attack);
How the Boers relaxed during the Great Trek;
Daily activities (baking bread, candle making);
Settling in after the journey (featuring family worship in a Boer homestead); and
The Voortrekkers' Freedom struggle.

The museum also documents the history of Hartenbos.

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