Liliesleaf, Rivonia

4.7
Learn about the evolution of armed resistance against apartheid at Liliesleaf, a heritage museum detailing the struggle of the African National Congress at its secret headquarters. A meeting place and hideout for many ANC leaders and activists until their arrest in 1963, this heritage farm was once the center of the liberation movement. Opened in 2008, the museum tells the story of the struggle by detailing the biographies of key leaders. Join a guided tour to see a collection of photos and artifacts detailing the evolution of modern South African democracy. You can also admire a manor house, a thatched cottage, and a water tank bunker, as well as watching video material related to the infamous Rivonia trials following the police raid of the farm in 1963. Our Rivonia trip itinerary builder site makes visiting Liliesleaf and other Rivonia attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • My husband and I had just arrived in Sth Africa so we were keen to absorb some of the history. This place was excellent. Despite being a self guided tour a staff member verbally explained what went on...  more »
  • Fantastic to learn the specific part of the history that resides here - additional detail that does not appear anywhere else as far as we could determine - interactive displays and genuine guides  more »
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  • A wonderful place that played such a pivotal role in our painful journey to democracy. Beautiful & serene surroundings, its hard to imagine the events associated with it. I was truly moved and gained so much more of an appreciation of all that we can enjoy now in our beautiful country. Very informative and well laid out. I left there much richer in knowledge. Highly recommended!
  • This is a great museum - definitely worth a visit. A little bit expensive (R110 per adult) but we got a free guided tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. The museum is in great condition and has tons of information with interactive elements such as buttons that play videos or audio tracks. There is a movie at the beginning to set the context, and a walkway on the way in to give you an overview of the time period. This is a must-visit for any Jo'burg local or visitor that wants more information about the struggle against apartheid and is interested in seeing that history come to life.
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