Johannesburg

Liliesleaf

  7 George Ave, Rivonia ,   Sandton          +27 11 803 7882     24 Jan 2022

*Please note that unfortunately the Liliesleaf museum is currently closed. For the latest on the museum's plans visit their official website.

In the early 1960s the idyllic Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia (now part of the sprawling upmarket Sandton suburbs) functioned as the secret hideout and meeting place for some of South Africa's most prominent anti-apartheid leaders including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Bram Fischer, Joe Slovo and Govan Mbeki. It was here that the plans for an armed struggle, which eventually led to Mandela and many of his comrades facing life behind bars, were formulated.

The farm's many rooms and outbuildings contain dozens of interactive exhibits where you can learn about the lives of these incredible characters, view their extensive plans to help end racist oppression and hear, in unparalleled detail, the amazing story of the Rivonia raid and trial.

Not to be missed is the specially customised overland safari bus parked in the back, which was used in the 1980s to smuggle weapons into South Africa, with oblivious foreign backpackers acting as the perfect cover.

Make sure to give yourself a few hours to get around this outstanding museum - although the farm itself is small, there is a wealth of information.

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Amenities

Facilities for disabled
Guarded parking
Wi-fi
Restaurant

Open

Open 09:00–16:00, Sat, Sun 09:00–16:00 (booking is essential)

Price/Additional Info

Admission R110 (includes a guided tour), kids, pensioners, students R60, kids under 7 free.. School groups R45 per student, R50 per teacher

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