the Naledi3d Factory

“…is unique in truly developing the educational potential of VR - by applying with great skill, innovation and imagination, the technology's attributes - including the power of communication using visual metaphors independent of literacy levels or spoken language”
Blair Parkin (2008). MD - Visual-Acuity Ltd, UK


The Naledi3d Factory is Africa’s leading 3D visualisation company.

We are ten years old this year… and are based at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa.

We create visually interactive content based on Virtual Reality (VR), which alows us to create material that is content, as well as context rich, in realistic and stimulating three-dimensional environments.

Our interactive3d learning object concept (self contained, “localisable” visual learning objects) takes the potential impact even higher levels.

At the Naledi3d Factory, we have successfully used VR to c ommunicate concepts and practices in many areas, such as:

  • Industrial training
  • Safety awareness
  • Rural skills development, for example, agriculture, sanitation and health
  • Heritage
  • New technology concepts


Our partners have included:

  • Independent Development Trust (IDT)
  • WK Kellogg Foundation
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Rand Water Board
  • Freedom Park Trust
  • UNESCO-IICBA (Ethiopia)
  • Metropolitan City of Johannesburg
  • Dept of Labour (National Skills Fund)
  • CSIR
  • National Laser Centre, CSIR
  • SA Department of Communications
  • South African Excellence Foundation
  • City of Roermond (Netherlands)
  • GeoDelft Architects (Netherlands)
  • Techniek Museum (Delft, Netherlands)


We have close ties with Finland, Sweden, Singapore, the USA and UK – but focus our efforts in Africa. We have worked with partners in several countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Sudan, Senegal, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa.

SEE Africa’s rich heritage come to life

  • Visualise our past by showing our heritage in interactive 3D
  • Make our heritage come alive for young and old alike

What can 3d-Heritage do for you?

bet Giorgis3d-Heritage is a powerful way to educate, local visitors and the youth about South Africa’s fascinating heritage. It allows them to explore, interpret, understand and respect our history. Although much is known and has been publicised about our recent history, our rich heritage is many centuries old and has not received the attention it deserves..

3d-Heritage is a powerful way to visualise South Africa’s past.

With 3d-Heritage, it is possible to bring the past to life. It allows audiences to explore aspects that interest them they can view objects, sites and a range of artefacts from any angle.

VR tools(on which 3d-Heritage is based) are being used world-wide to bring the heritage of the past to life in a way that no other representation can… So why not in South Africa as well?

Your visitors will understand your exhibits faster and better than ever before. This will attract more visitors and lead to increased traffic.


What is 3d-Heritage?


Heritage is defined as “anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition” (Collins English Dictionary).

3d-Heritage is a powerful, new, visual way to represent and demonstrate Africa’s heritage. 

3d-Heritage is based on realistic interactive 3D imagery that can link together one or more objects to reveal aspects of our history.

The power of 3d-Heritage lies in the fact that we can show just how an historic site looked in its heyday -not only can your audience be shown a site, but they can also interact with the VR model to explore personal interests.

Coupled with modern 3D display systems such as holographic displays or large 3D screens, the WOW effect is amazing.

Your audience will be captivated by our past ‑ they will be able to SEE and INTERACT – which will give them a better understanding and appreciation of our past –right away!

How can 3d-Heritage help you? It will:

  • Bring Africa’s rich heritage of its centuries-old past to life
  • Re-create our history in a visual, 3D and engaging way
  • Educate your visitors ‑ bring Africa’s rich heritage to life
  • Offer virtual tours of our historic heritage sites
  • Protect the fragile nature of local sites
  • Allow you to Customize and update the interactive 3D material to address YOUR needs
  • Improve our understanding through education, interpretation, conservation and preservation of natural, cultural and world heritage sites


Application Areas

  • Museums, cultural / heritage exhibitions, tourist attractions, etc.
  • Schools – Multi-purpose and interpretation centres
  • International and local tourist exhibits / shows such as national pavilions



  • PC-based
  • Exploration of our history individually or in facilitated groups
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Customised content - language, branding, text and audiovisual
  • Encapsulation of the VR model within other site-specific information
  • Individual users are able to explore at their own pace