Johannesburg

Satyagraha House

  15 Pine Rd, Orchards      +27 11 485 5928     29 Feb 2024
Between 1908 and 1909, Mahatma Gandhi shared this house with his friend Hermann Kallenbach, a German–Jewish architect who designed the space. The house was built a year earlier by Kallenbach, who drew inspiration from the Kraal, an African farm. The house features two rondavels, which are circular rooms resembling traditional South African huts. The house is also characterized by a thatched roof and a typical white-washed facade located in Orchards, which was then on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The house also had stables and a tennis court, typical amenities of wealthy Europeans at that time.

It was in this house where Gandhi dedicated himself to a simple meditative lifestyle and the development of his philosophy of Satyagraha, a form of passive resistance and nonviolent civil disobedience that remains influential today.

After Gandhi and Kallenbach left the house in 1909, it went through several owners over the decades. In 2009, the French travel company, Voyageurs du Monde, bought the house. This explains the French influence in the place, including French translations for everything.

Satyagraha House, now a Johannesburg heritage site, is a beautiful guesthouse and museum dedicated to Gandhi's principles and offers visitors a contemplative and spiritual experience. The museum exhibits include various photos, correspondence, journal entries and beautifully displayed inspirational quotes spread across the various guesthouse buildings and the tranquil garden at its centre.

Satyagraha House also provides a variety of well-being services such as massages, meditation and yoga, and offers vegetarian meals for lunch or dinner. You can purchase souvenirs like books and CDs to learn more about Gandhi, Satyagraha, and Johannesburg. Candles and beauty products are available so that you can take the serenity of Satyagraha House home with you.

A calm, introspective and historical place among the bustle of the city.

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Amenities

Credit Cards
Child-friendly
Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Live Music
Guarded parking
Wi-fi
Restaurant
Wellness

Email

reception@satyagrahahouse.co.za

Open

Open 10:00-16:00.

Price/Additional Info

Guided Tours admission R70 p.p.

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