South Africa's Women’s Day public holiday, celebrated annually on Aug 9, commemorates the 1956 march by more than 50,000 women, led by anti-apartheid struggle icons Lilian Ngoyi, Sophie de Bruin, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa, to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest against passbook laws. In addition to the August 9 public holiday, the entire month of August is celebrated as Women's Month in South Africa.
From activism to spoils – if you are wondering how to make the most of it, here are some ideas for where to go and what to see in Joburg.
If all you want to do is relax, then booking a day of luxurious spa treatments is a good place to start, especially if you can nab an appointment at one of Joburg's many hotel spas, where in addition to the wide array of treatments you can also schedule in that all-important apres-spa chill-out session too. Take a look at our Joburg spa round-up here and get your bookings in ASAP.
Pay a visit to the national heritage landmark Constitution Hill, where you can learn more about the role of South Africa's women anti-apartheid leaders at the Women's Jail for free on National Women's Day. Take in the different areas of the old fort and prison, Constitutional Court and other parts of the complex. Find out more and plan a visit here.
Time spent taking on a local hiking trail is the perfect day out for active families and those who enjoy the great outdoors. Most of Gauteng's hiking trails are easy-going, even for beginners, and can be tackled in a morning, leaving you with plenty of time to spare to enjoy a lazy lunch while you rest your feet. Here's our tried and true guide to hiking trails in Gauteng.