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Fort Klapperkop

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5km from Muckleneuk

-25.7788, 28.2091

 

+27 12 346 7703, +27 73 791 0411 www.tshwane.gov.za

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If you’re fan of military history, you’d better double-time it to Fort Klapperkop, outside Pretoria. Built in 1896, Fort Klapperkop is one of 4 strategic forts built to defend the capital city during the early part of the 19th century.

Erected before the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899 to 1902), Fort Klapperkop is one of best examples in the world of late 19th century artillery fortifications. It is the only local fort restored exactly to original condition, and is notable for its unusual German-style dry moat.

The fort is now a museum and houses Anglo-Boer War objects, furniture, and an exhibition of over 50 rifles from that era onwards. Among the attractions to be seen at Fort Klapperkop are a replica Long Tom gun, an old steam locomotive which was used to transport troops during the Anglo-Boer war and the last tram used in Pretoria. It also houses the South African Defence Force Memorial dedicated to members of the South African Defence Force who lost their lives serving their country.

Today, wars of a different kind are fought at Fort Klapperkop. The site’s rugged terrain is ideal for mountain biking and dirt duels happen on most weekends. However, if risking your neck for your country, or on a bike, is of no interest to you, Fort Klapperkop, the highest point in Pretoria, is still worth a visit for the best all-round views of the city.

Address: Johan Rissik Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria

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