Anglo-Boer War Museum

The 20th century began as a time of war for South Africa. The Boers had formed two independent republics, the Orange Free State and the South African Republic. Both were in conflict with the British, who maintained control over the Cape. The war lasted from 1899 to 1902 and affected the country at every level. The Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein educates its visitors on the details of this important period in South African history.

The museum clearly shows the origins of the war, the development of events and the effect it had on South Africans. One display showcases the infamous prisoner of war camps that claimed the lives of many women and children. Outside, a monument to those who lost their lives in the camps stands in their honour. Visitors can also learn about the war’s key players. Emily Hobhouse was a British activist who let her country know the horrors of the camps and Mahatma Gandhi promoted Indian volunteers to bear stretchers through the Natal Indian Congress. This stop on your luxury rail journey is a significant for anyone wanting to learn more about South African history.

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