Thursday, October 9, 2014

Springbok is a regular and popular feature on the GOLD Restaurant menu. It’s a type of venison (game meat), which clearly cannot outrun the chef. The pronking, speedy Springbok is also the symbol of a proud and complex South African rugby heritage. In fact, rugby is as integral to South African culture as boerewors and biltong.

Why Rugby is central to South African culture

To authentically experience a country it’s important to immerse yourself in its culture and food. That’s why people return to GOLD again and again to recapture and redefine what makes this beautiful country so deliciously vibrant and diverse. It’s also why so many people are drawn to the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. What makes this museum experience particularly compelling is that it tells South Africa’s story in a relatable, hands-on way through it’s most powerful sport.

Fun and educational interactive experience

Instead of hum-ho static information boards you’ll find a chronological array of interactive digital displays with sound, motion and touch-screen technology. Find out how the Springboks got their name, the controversy surrounding the Springbok emblem, and how the sport divided and ultimately united a nation.

You’ll get to see the no 6 jersey worn by Francois Pienaar at the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. Few will forget that powerful moment when Nelson Mandela strode onto the field pre-match in a duplicate jersey. You’ll also get to see the boots Joel Stransky wore that day when he hoofed the final winning kick over the posts.

Not just for rugga fans

You don’t need to be a rugby fanatic to appreciate the ardor and pride with which the majority of South Africans support their beloved boys in green and gold. There are more than 60 audiovisual displays, rare historic artifacts, memorabilia and a games zone where kids (and adults) can test their kicking and passing skills. You can also watch snippets of various historic matches and find out more about current and past players. You also don’t need to know the rules of the game to enjoy an intriguing, modern, interactive experience the whole family will enjoy.

Getting tickets and other important details

Entrance for adults is R50 per person while scholars and pensioners pay R30 per person. There are also discounts for families of four or more and for groups of 10 or more. Get your tickets at the door or purchase them online through web tickets.

Where: Portswood House, corner Dock and Portswood Roads, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (opposite Mitchell’s Brewery)
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (every day except Christmas Day) with last entry at 17:30.

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