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The Long March to Freedom

The exhibition is the largest exhibition of its kind

Last updated: Thursday, 27 April 2023

Imagine you’re at a gathering on a big, green lawn. There are 100 other people. When you look a little closer you realise with a shock it’s Nelson Mandela, and there is Winnie beside him. Behind them are Miriam Makeba, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Helen Suzman.

That’s what it’s like at The Long March to Freedom exhibition, at the National Heritage Monument in Century City. You can walk amongst 100 of these heroes, in bronze life-sized sculpture form, any day of the week. 

The exhibition offers daily guided tours, for team building, family or school activities. Image: Long March to Freedom


The exhibition features 100 local and global heroes who fought against inequality and discrimination in South Africa.

Get a picture with former South African president Nelson Mandela. Image: Long March to Freedom

They’re placed on a long green lawn and as you walk amongst the replicas of them in life-sized bronze form, you get a powerful and tangible experience of South Africa’s past. You can also enjoy a guided tour while visiting the exhibition. 

Many inspirational women made a contribution to the fight against apartheid. Image: Long March to Freedom.

The sculptures range from 18th Century rebels, such as King Dinizulu kaCetshwayo and Chief Bhambatha kaMancinza, and missionaries who helped African tribes resist colonising forces (Harriet Colenso and her father Bishop John Colenzo), to the struggle heroes we know and admire, from Oliver and Adelaide Tambo to Steve Biko.


The monument gives life to those who fought for  South Africa’s freedom, sometimes at the cost of their own lives, and you can wander amongst them, celebrating the victories and losses of these icons, many of them global icons – for example, Ché Guevara and Mahatma Gandhi feature.

The condensed history of icons, like that on Mahatma Gandhi, has really informative details. Image: Long March to Freedom

Many of the heroes are lesser known, and their potted history allows you an insight into historical struggles and resistances. It’s very interesting and you’ll learn a lot.

You’ll be surprised by the many discoveries of resisting forces in the last 200 years. Images: Long March To Freedom


Location: Century Boulevard, opposite Canal Walk, adjacent to Fives Futbol. See directions below. 
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday; 10am - 4.30pm
Guided tour: Daily 10:00 to 16:30. Sun 10:00 to 15:00
Parking: Parking available at the exhibition, R10 parking fee to be paid at the gate
Ticket prices: R75 (with guided tour); R10 for SA citizens (no guided tour), free for kids 6. Tickets available at the gate.

For more info, contact, 082 899 2958 or Instagram page


Follow N1 towards Paarl/Bellville

Take Exit 10 Sable Road/Century City Drive towards Goodwood/Malmsbury

Stay right and merge onto Century City Drive

At the traffic lights turn left on Century Boulevard

Take the next road left into the parking lot


Follow N1 towards Cape Town

Take Exit 10 Sable Road / Century City Drive

Turn right and right again on the ramp, and and merge onto Century City Drive

At the traffic lights turn left on Century Boulevard

Take the next road left into the parking lot



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