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It may be hard to picture the tree-lined suburbs of Johannesburg’s Rivonia as farmland, but just over 40 years ago it was. And Liliesleaf was a farm with a dual purpose: Many of the events that led to the overthrow of apartheid were concocted at Liliesleaf. Its remote location housed clandestine planning meetings and government-opposition discussions by leading members of the ANC during apartheid in the 1960s. Open to the public as a museum since 2008, the multiple farm buildings now house photographs, maps, films and period information that share the history of the rise of apartheid to its eventual collapse, the heritage of the liberation movement and the farm’s unique role in the country’s history.

A visit here begins at the Liberation Centre and its auditorium with a 12-minute introductory film. From there, visitors can guide themselves through the farm’s various spaces or opt for a docent-guided tour. These must be booked at least five days in advance and vary in length from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on preference.

One of Liliesleaf’s highlights is the garage area where Nelson Mandela lived under the pseudonym David Motsamayi between 1961 and 1962. Today the building houses exhibits on Radio Freedom and the farm laborers who worked at Liliesleaf unaware of its other use. In July of 1963, police officers arrived concealed in a laundry van and detained of eight key party members in a raid. The event proved a major setback after two years using the space as a headquarters. An entire building is dedicated to the persisting mystery of how exactly the police knew about Liliesleaf, and near the end a four-part film plays on loop, detailing the subsequent prison break by the eight detainees. The onsite Cedric’s Café, named for the farm’s codename, offers light meals and snacks.

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4-day Soweto & Pretoria, Lion Park, Magalies Adventure or Pilanesberg Safari

4-day Soweto & Pretoria, Lion Park, Magalies Adventure or Pilanesberg Safari

Gauteng means “place of gold”, after the 1886 discovery of gold in Johannesburg. It is a city built on dreams of great wealth and now becoming a true cosmopolitan African city. Many sites related to the country’s 20th-century struggle to end segregation, including the Apartheid Museum. Pretoria (Tshwane), the capital of South Africa is only 50 km away and houses many more museums and places of interest. “At a time, several millions of years ago, the inland plain and drainage wetland underwent massive geological upheaval and the area slit into two sections, and the ground tilted to the north, forming a line of two parallel mountain ranges which stretch for some 120 kilometers, from Pretoria, through Rustenburg to the Pilanesberg." Please book this tour at least 5 days in advance.
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  • 4 days
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Full Day Storytelling Tour - South Africa's untold stories in Joburg and Soweto

Full Day Storytelling Tour - South Africa's untold stories in Joburg and Soweto

Walk with a South African icon though Johannesburg and Soweto on this experiential historical city tour with a twist! Tour guides have been carefully selected to charismatically simulate the figures they have taken on as alter-egos. They have intimately studied and adopted every detail of their character, including their dialect, dress and life experience. From Walter Sisulu to Ruth First, guests have the opportunity to meet and engage with the characters, and to get answers to questions never before posed.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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An Insight Into Nelson Mandela's Life

An Insight Into Nelson Mandela's Life

ALL 1 PERSON ENQUIRIES PLEASE APPLY TO SEE IF THERE IS EXISTING TOUR YOU CAN JOIN IN WITH. :) A heart wrenching story and insight into the life of Nelson Mandrels struggle to free and unit all the different cultures in this beautiful Country of ours South Africa. You will get to see Liliesleaf Farm which was used as a secret base and the planning of the armed struggle. Nelson Mandel Foundation shows just how great he was and even after his term as President his tireless commitment to helping others and then onto Constitution Hill where he was imprisoned and the Rivonia Trials took place.
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Jhb/Soweto full day -The Path to Liberation - the story! - with a Private Guide

Jhb/Soweto full day -The Path to Liberation - the story! - with a Private Guide

This a privately guided tour that puts together the fascinating, but disturbing story of the struggle against Apartheid. It shows the triumph of the human spirit in overcoming tremendous obstacles in the face of a brutal system. This will cover Jhb and Soweto. Starting at Lieliesleaf Farm, the secret HQ of the military wing of the ANC, and ending up at the Constitutional Court. Get an in depth understanding of how we arrived where we are today and the way forward.
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Mandela Legacy Day Tour from Johannesburg

Mandela Legacy Day Tour from Johannesburg

Join our Signature Mandela Legacy Day Tour for the best history on Nelson Mandela . Our tour will take us to Lilies farm in Rivonia and learn his underground movements during the Apartheid days. We will also visit his house at Houghton and even get to see his office which he occupied up to the year 2010 before passing on. We will also visit constitutional hill where he was once Jailed and also his law offices in downtown Johannesburg which he use to practice during Apartheid days. We will also find time and visit his famous house in Soweto that he occupied before he was jailed. Our final destination will be the Apartheid Museum where we will see his exhibition on his life and times of Mandela
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  • 9 hours
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What are Liliesleaf hours of operation?
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Liliesleaf hours of operation: The museum is open 8:30 a.m. til 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. on weekends and public holidays (with some exceptions). . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Liliesleaf tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Liliesleaf can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Liliesleaf 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Liliesleaf costs USD 95.74. Guided Liliesleaf tours start around USD 95.74 per person.
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